Sri Kurmanadha Temple Srikakulam is also called as Sri Kurmam temple. This temple is located at Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh and dedicated to Lord Sri Kurmanatha (This is the second incarnation of Lord Vishnu)
About Sri Kurmanadha Temple Srikakulam:
The temple is situated on the eastern coast and like sandwiched between the Andhra and Kalinga. This temple style of architecture has the fusion of both Andhra and Kalinga. And the temple resembles the Dravidian structure like Vimana from Pyramid structure. The temple Mukha Mandapa leads antarala.
The holy place of Kurmakshetra was established the Sri Ramanujacharya. And later temple dedicated to second Avatar (Kurma) of Lord Vishnu. This temple location puts just 3 km away from the Bay of Bengal
The main idol was worshipped by Vaishnavas and some Oriya inscriptions which are believed by Sri Narahari Teertha.
Sri Kurmanadha Temple Srikakulam History:
As per legends, Suta was a King who ruled the region around Svethachala. His wife is devoted to Lord Vishnu. One Ekadasi day king made amorous advances to queen then the queen pray for a lord and suddenly a wide stream flowed between them. After that, the Sage Narada advice to the king, settled down at a confluence of Vamsadhara and sea for doing penance. Lord Kurmanadha appeared and granted him mental peace. On the fine spot, Lord Vishnu created the KshiraSamudra and his wife Goddess Lakshmi came and settled down. Then King Suta constructed the temple
Other legend said that Prince of Anandpuri, who see divine nymph, dancing before God, fell in love with her. The nymph cursed him that he fell to nasty disease. He did mediation for 300 years for Lord and relieved form that course
About Kurma avatar:
Based on mythology, at the time of Krita / Satya Yuga, all devas and demons (Asuras) churned Kshirasagara. The main purpose of this Kshirasagara is to obtain Amrutha. For this Kshirasagara, use Mandara Parvatha as churning stick and large snake name Vasuki. In the middle of the Kshirasagara that Mandara parvath fell inside nectar.
Then Lord Vishnu took Kurma or tortoise avatar and lifted up the churning stick Mandara Parvatha on his back. And there are some more stories related to this Kurma avatar.
Sri Kurmanadha Temple specialty:
- The specialty feature of this temple is the main idol faces towards west direction.
- Temple has Dhwajastambams in both front and back side of the temple
- This temple contains 201 pillars and each pillar has the individual identity
- And the temple has total 127 inscriptions in four different languages
Sri Kurmanadha Temple opening temples:
Temple opening hours: 06:00 AM to 07:45 PM
Daily Sevas and timings:
- Suprabhata Seva, Nityabhishekam, Prabhodika, Mangala Snanam, Thiruvaradana, Sarva darshan, Balabhogam: 06:00 AM to 12:00 PM
- Rajabhogam: 12 PM
- Nitya Thiruvaradana, Amngalasnanam: 7 PM
- Pavalimpu Seva: 8 PM
- Abhishekam: Rs 200 per couple
- Kalyanotsavam: Rs 516 per couple
Main festivals celebrated at Sri Kurmanadha Temple:
Dolotsavam, JanmaDinam Jayanthi, Kalyanotsavam, Mukkoti Ekadasi are the main festivals celebrated at Sri Kurmanadha Temple
Devotees can get accommodation at Srikurmam or Visakhapatnam city. There is the general individual rooms type accommodation in TTD guest house. Dormitory type accommodation or 2 VIP rooms in tourism guest house are available at reasonable rates with available facilities.
How to Reach:
By Road: Temple is 13 km away from Srikakulam old bus station and 15 km from Srikakulam main bus station
By Rail: Temple is 25 km from Srikakulam railway station
By Air: The nearest airport is at Visakhapatnam is 110 km away
Nearby temples List:
- Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Temple
- Sri Suryanarayana Swamy Temple
- Sri Padmanabha Kshetram
- Mukhalingeswara Temple
- Srimukhalingam Temple
- Sri Rama Kshetram
Sri Kurmanadha Temple Address:
- Sri Kurmanadha Temple, Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh 532404
- Landline number: 08942 283555
- Mobile numbers: 9491000669, 9491573249, 9951173104