Kumararama Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple is one of the Pancharama Kshetras in honour of Lord Shiva. It is in Samarlakota of East Godavari at Andhra Pradesh. The other four temples are Amararama, Draksharama, Ksheerarama and Somarama. If one seeks Moksha, one should definitely visit this temple.
What is the history of Samarlakaota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple?
There is an interesting legend regarding the history of Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple and Lord Shiva manifesting here. During the legendary Tarakasura vadha, the Shiva Linga which was in the throat of Tarakasura broke into five pieces and one of the pieces fell here.
Thereafter, it became popular as Kumararama. Lord Bhimeswara Swamy was placed here by Kumara Swamy (son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati) and hence the temple is called Kumararama. King Chalukya Bhima built the temple in Dravidian style. Hence the name, Bhimeswara.
What is the significance of the Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple?
Here’s the significance of Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple:
- The temple has carvings of apsaras on its walls.
- The Chalukya king built this temple to record his history of 300 victories in wars.
- 100 pillars support the Mandapam.
- Eka Shila Nadi is opposite the Shiva Lingam at the entrance.
- The main entrance of the temple is also popular as Surya Dwaram. The main shrine is a free standing monument lying at the centre of the inner enclosure. The temple is a rectangular structure and has two stories.
- One can see the sculpture design of both Turpu chalukyas’ and kakatiyas. Here the Goddess knownas Bala Trupura sundari.
What are the timings of Kumararama Samarlakota Bhimeswara Temple?
Here are the timings of Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple:
|Morning||6:00 am||12:00 pm|
|Evening||4:00 pm||8:00 pm|
What are the festivals celebrated at Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple?
Some of the festivals celebrated at Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple are:
- During Karthika and Margashira months that are November/December, Abhishekams take place every day.
- During the months of February/March, there are celebrations of Kalyana Mahotsam Magha Bahula Ekadashi day.
- Dusherha celebrations also take place in the months of October.
- Till Maha Shivarathri, a lot of grand celebrations take place in the temple, especially the car festival.
How to reach Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple?
Here’s how to reach Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple:
- Road: Samarlakota is 15 Kms from Kakinada, 49 kms from Rajahmundry, and 125 kms from Visakhapatnam, so frequent trains are easily there for transportation.
- Rail: it is on the Vijayawada-Howrah broad gauge railway line of South – Central Railway.
- Air : Vishakapatnam is the nearest international airport and Rajahmundry nearest domestic airport.
Where to stay near Samarlakota?
One can stay at the Theatre Royal Hotel on 81, Seddon Street. It even has themes rooms with antique furnishings that please all those who stay here.
What are some temples nearby?
Some of the temples near Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple are:
- Bhavanarayana swamy temple is a great place to visit that is believed to belong to Mauryas and the presiding immortal deity is Bhavanarayanaswamy.
- Sri Golingeswara Swamy temple was built by the Eastern Chalukyas in the 9th-10th centuries. The temples are a fine example of the architectural grandeur that was prevalent in the Dravidian style. Also, a stone sculpture of Ganesha in the village shows true mastery of Chalukyan craftsmanship.
- Ayyappa Swamy Temple is also famous as Andhra Sabarimala. In 1989, Shri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal installed the Swamy Ayyappa Panchaloha idol in Dwarapudi temple in Mandapeta mandal of East Godavari distric. Moreover, the holy eighteen steps and cluster of shrines are the attraction for this Ayyappa temple.