Somarama Temple Bhimavaram is one of the Pancharama Kshetras which is located in Bhimavaram of West Godavari district. Somarama Temple Bhimavaram is also called as Someswara Temple and Bhimavaram. The existence of this temple can be traced to 4th century and was believed to be constructed by the King Chalukaya Bheema. The Shiva Lingam of the temple called as Someswara was believed to be installed by Lord Chandra (Soma). A tinge of modernity becomes conspicuous due to the coloured paintings and sculptures on the wall.
History of Somarama Temple Bhimavaram
The mythology of the temple was that during Tarakasura vadha, it is said that the Shivalingam which was present on the throat of Tarakasura, a powerful asura, was divided into five pieces. The Pancharama Kshetras are built on the place where the five pieces fell.
There are two famous legends about the temple. First one is widely illustrated in Hindu mythology as one of the PanchramaKshetras. The legend says that, the Shivalinga was owned by Rakshasa King Tarakasura and he was so powerful that no one could win over him due to the power of Shivalinga. Lord Kumara Swamy used his powers (Sakthi Ayudha) to kill Tarakasura into pieces but failed as they reunited again and again. On the guidance of Lord Sriraman Narayana who informed him to break the Shiva lingam worn by Tarakusura into pieces first and then place them in five different places forming the sacred temples (PancharamaKshetras). All these temples were formed by the power of Agniyasthra used by Lord Kumara Swamy. The Lord Chandra installed Shivalinga in Bhimavaram temple and hence the name SomeshwaraSwamy.
Another legend says that, Lord Shiva when destroyed Tripura’s during ‘Tripura Samharam’, all that was left was a Shivalingam in the throat of Lord of Tripuras was broken into five pieces and installed for worship in five different places as Pancharama Kshetras.
Significance of Somarama Temple Bhimavaram
- The Pancharama Kshetras are: Amararama at Amaravati, Guntur Draksharama at Draksharama, East Godavari Somarama at Bhimavaram, West Godavari Ksheerarama at Palakol, West Godavari Bhimarama at Samarlakota, East Godavari.
- Within the premises on to the left side of the entrance lie the shrines of Lord Hanuman, Lord Sriram, Lord Kumaraswamy and Navagrahas in a hall. On to the right is an open hall with a huge statue of Nandi.
- One of the most special features of this temple is that the color of the Shivalingam will change its color regarding the lunar aspects, the shape of the illuminated (sunlit) portion of the Moon. And hence during Pournami (full moon days), the color of the Shivalingam will be in white and during Amavasya (dark nights), the color of the lingam will be shaded to black.
- The other deities present in the temple are Goddess Adilakshmi, Lord Anjaneya Swamy, Lord Kumara Swamy, Sun God, Lord Ganesha, Navagraha (the nine planets) and Nandi (the mount of Lord Shiva). The Pushkarani (temple tank) of Somarama Temple is called as Soma Gundam Pushkarani.
Timings of Somarama Temple Bhimavaram
- The temple remains open in the morning from 5:00 AM to 11:00 AM and in the evening from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Festivals at Somarama Temple Bhimavaram
- Maha Shivaratri is a foremost festivals taking place in the months of February/March.
- Sarannavarathri is another grand event that takes place during the months of September/October.
How to reach Somarama Temple Bhimavaram
- By road: Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) runs buses frequently from Palakollu, Rajahmundry and Vijayawada.
- By air: the nearest airport is Rajahmudry or Vijaywada from where flights can be availed.
- By rail: the temple is 2km away from Bhimavaram railway station.
Hotels nearby Somarama Temple Bhimavaram
- Visiv Stay-This lodge is located in Bhimavaram. It offers polished, sophisticated and a visual pleasure to its guests. The rooms are neat, well lit and are replete with all basic amenities.
Places nearby Somarama Temple Bhimavaram
- Dwaraka Tirumala is visited for Chinna Tirupati Temple (Small Tirupati Temple), a Lord Venkateshwara Temple situated on the top of the Seshachala Hill.
- Dindi is set about 80 kms from Rajahmundry and is characterised by a village character with virgin backwaters, palm-fringed canals, lakes, lagoons and rivulets around it.
- Pithapuram and Draksharamam are two pilgrimage centres that are typically visited together with Kakinda as the base town for a stay.
- The Bhadrachalam Temple Seetaramachandra Swamy temple is a 17th Century Lord Rama temple and a very important pilgrimage centre.