Srikakulam Temple diaries 1
Today, i want to share my experience of going to Sri Kurmanatha Swamy temple, popularly known as Sri Kurmam.
This temple is located in the Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is the only Swayambhu (self manifested) shrine of Sri Maha Vishnu, where he is worshipped in his Kurma (tortoise) Avatar. Main shrine is said to be more than 10,000 years old and is mentioned in the Kurma, Vishnu, Padma and Brahmanda puranas. While the temple was built many times, the present temple structure is more than 700 years old.
Sweta Pushkarini (the adjoining pond) is believed to have been created by Sri Vishnu’s Sudarshana Chakra and Goddess Lakshmi has self manifested as Kurma Nayaki.
Beautiful carvings around the temple
The beauty of these sculptures are the jewellery and clothes along with their folds, beautifully carved.
The temple has 108 eka-shila(made of single stone) pillars. No two pillars are alike. Some pillars have inscriptions of the kings who ruled at various times.
pillar with inscription
This temple has the influence of both the Andhra and Kalinga (part of modern Orissa) architecture.
In the temple premises, a conservatory has been established for star tortoises and devotees who come to the temple feed the tortoise too.
This temple is also known as pitruksetra, a place for worshipping our ancestors.