Sri Kurmam Temple, Andhra Pradesh
Location: The sacred Hindu pilgrimage ‘Sri kurmam’ is located at the distance of 13 Km east of Srikakulam town near about 3 kilometer away from the bay of Bengal, Andhra Pradesh.
Significance of its name: In ‘Sampradaya, the word ‘Sri kurmam’ is used for a ‘turtle’. Prevalent tales unfold that Lord Vishnu incarnated on this earth as a ‘Kurma’ in order to render his help during ‘samudra-manthan’ (churning of the ocean).
- Latitude- 18 degree 16’ North
- Longitude- 84 degree 1’ East
- Altitude- 17 meters (59 feet)
Dominions over temple:
- Sri Ramanujacharya
- Rule of Vijayanagara
- Vaishnavas of Madhvacharya sampradaya
- King of Kalinga namely ‘Narahari Teertha’
Historical Period: Inscription unveils that the temple ‘Sri Kurmakshetra’ was built during 1281 AD.
Prime deity: Sri Kurmanatha, the 2nd avatar of lord Vishnu who incarnated in the form of an enormous ‘Tortoise’
Neighboring temples: Yoganandha Narasimhan temple.
Recent caretaker: Simhachalam Devasthanam
Description of the temple:
- Architectural Style: Orissan temple architectural style.
- Main idol: The prime deity’s sculpture is crafted with the fossils of actual enormous turtle.
- Moolsthanam: It is the central part of the sculpture which is known as ‘Saligram’.
- Other crafts: The walls of this temple have carved structure of lord Vishnu and other deities that epitomize the true marvel of Orissan architecture.
- Mandapam: This part of the temple has been established on the lion pillars in front.
- Dhwajastambams: The two Dhwajastambams are erected in east and west of this temple.