Somaramam, Bheemavaram

 

Someswara JanardhanaSwamy Temple, one of the five Pancharama Kshetras  is situated in Gunipudi, a small village in Bhimavaram, West Godavari District. The main idol here is Lord Shiva and the Shiva linga changes its colour according to The Lunar month. 

This temple is constructed by the Chalukya Bhima King and the city was named after him as Bhimapuram. Later the name changed to Bhimavaram.

The Shivalinga here is established by Moon God. The idol is very small as aginst the Kumararamam and Draksharamam where they are 12 feet high.

The speciality of this Shivalinga is it changes its colour according to Moon.  On Full Moon day (pournami) it is in white colour and gradually it changes its colour according to the phase of the Moon. On half moon day(Amavasya) it turns to black with white spots on it.

The main consort of Lord Shiva Godess Rajarajeswari devi temple is situated beside the main temple.

There is a temple of Annapurna Devi on the first floor above the Somarama temple. The idol has a vessel on her hand and a small baby near her legs. This is the only temple in India with a Godess above the main temple.

The temple was built in 3rd Century AD and the architecture looks beautiful with a large Gopuram at the entrance of the temple.

The Pushkarini (sacred river) infront of the temple is called as Chandra Kundam. This pond is always filled with Lotus Flowers.

There is a temple of Lord Janardhana swamy the Kshetrapalaka of this temple in the premises. Along with this there are small temples of Srirama, Hanuman and Adilakshmi.

Festivals celebrated in this temple are Shivarathri and Sharannavaratri.

Happy Piligrimage.

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