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).

Geography:

  • 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.