Sri Chalukya Kumara Rama Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

The Chalukya Kumara Rama Bhimeswara Swamy Temple is located in Samarlakot at a distance of 12 kms from Kakinada, East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. It is one of  the prominent temples of Lord Shiva, Pancharama Kshetramulu. (See other blogpost about the history Pancharama Kshetramulu)
  
The main shrine in this temple is Lord Shiva along with Consort Bala Thripurasundari. The name of the temple is Kumara rama because the shrine of Lord Shiva has been established by Kumara Swamy, the son of Lord Shiva.  This temple has been constructed during the Chalukya Dynasty. During the period 872 AC to 921 AC  the King named First Chalukya Bhima Nrupala ruled the kingdom with Kumara Rama as capital. He was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. He made some constructions in this temple and was very fond of Lord Shiva in this temple. And so the deity, Lord Shiva here is named after the king and is called as Bhimeswara Swamy. The shrine Bhimeswara swamy is tall and is pierced from the roof to the 2nd floor. The Rudhrabhaga is worshipped in the second floor.  The architecture of the temple is beautiful that each pillar is unique and different from others. 

The 100 pillar mandapa is one of the speciality of temple architecture. The Nandi shrine is made on single rock and looks beautiful. There other small temples of Ganapathi, Kumaraswamy, Veerabhadra swamy, Saptha matrukalu, Brahma Saraswathi, Mahishasuramardhini. 

 The Mahishasuramardhini shrine,  came out of the earth and was established by the king Kataya Vemareddy in 15th century. This Mahishasuramardhini also called as Shyamala Shakthi. 

 Ganapathi temple is situated in west side of the temple. The speciality of this idol is, in the place of bellybutton there used to be a diamond and the rays coming from the diamond was the main source of light for people to move.

 
 There is a temple of Sri Bhoo Sametha MandavyaNarayana swamy, the kshetrapalaka of Bhimeswara Swamy temple located on west side.

One of the popular temples among the pancharama kshetras to be visited in Andhra Pradesh. 

Happy Piligrimage. 

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