Travelogue – Srikurmam

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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.

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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.

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Sri Vishnu

 

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Gajalakshmi

 

Beautiful carvings around the temple

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Sri Vishnu in the yogic pose of padmasan
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Sri Vishnu with Lakshmi Devi

The beauty of these sculptures are the jewellery and clothes along with their folds, beautifully carved.

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Lord Yama
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Varuna Deva on his Makara

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Agni Deva

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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.

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Pillar with inscription

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pillar with inscription

 

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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.

 

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8 thoughts on “Travelogue – Srikurmam

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog.
      I am new to blogging. Just a couple of days old. Could you tell me about the “gallery” option? Beacause I will be posting some more articles with lots of carvings.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to go through my blog. I am going to post some more. I love sculpture and enjoy visiting ancient temples to a capture the workmanship of the talented sculptors of our past.
      Do come to India again.

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