Kumararama Bhimeswara Temple Samarlakota is dedicated to Lord Siva. This temple is one of the Pancharama Kshetras in Andhra Pradesh.
Kumararama Bhimeswara Temple Samarlakota History
References from Skanda Purana and Brahmanda Purana
Demon Tarakasura theft Amrutha Atma Linga which emerged out during Ksheerasagar Mathanam (drilling Ocean of Milk). Tarakasura wearing this Linga around his neck, with its supernatural powers, he was unbeatable. Kumara Swamy son of Siva and Parvathi, who was the commander-in-chief for deities came face to face with Tarakasura in the war. Kumara Swamy used his Sakthi weapon to kill Tarakasura. Kumaraswamy repeatedly broke Tarakasura body into pieces and it was reunified again. Kumaraswamy was confused and sought advice from Vishnu.
Lord Maha Vishnu advised Kumara Swamy to break shiva linga into pieces, only then the demon can be killed. Maha Vishnu also said that even after breaking the shiva linga, the pieces will try to reunite again. To prevent this reunion, all these broken pieces should be fixed in those places where they fall, by worshipping and building temples on top it.
As advised by Maha Vishnu, Kumara Swamy used his Agni weapon to break the Siva Linga worn by the demon. The Atma Linga broken into five pieces, the broken pieces tried to reunite by making the chant ‘om’. To prevent this Indra, Surya (Sun), Chandra (Moon), Vishnu and Kumara Swamy worshipped the Linga’s at the respective places. Kumara Swamy had installed the Siva Linga here.
From inscriptions, it is known that this temple was built by Eastern Chalukyan king Bhima during the 9th and 10th centuries.
Kumararama Bhimeswara Temple Samarlakota Timings
Morning Hours: 6:00 am – 12:00 pm
Evening Hours: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kumararama Bhimeswara Temple Samarlakota Pooja details
|Ticket Cost||Ticket Cost||Pooja Timings||Pooja details|
|Saswatha Abhishekam||Rs.1116||Once in a year as requested by the devotee||Abhishekam to the Lord, Kumkum Pooja to the Goddess. Prasadam will be sent by post|
|Saswatha Prasadam||Rs.1116||Once in a year as requested by the devotee||Pulihora will be offered for free to the devotees on the name of the ticket holder|
|Prasadam||Rs.300||One time only||2 Kg will be offered for free to the devotees on the name of the ticket holder|
|Abhishekam||Rs.300||One time only||Abhishekam will be performed to the Lord for 30 days during Karthika Masam in the name of the ticket holder|
How to reach Kumararama Bhimeswara Temple Samarlakota?
- The nearest international airport is Visakhapatnam which is 156 km away.
- The nearest domestic airport is at Rajahmundry which is 46 km away
- The nearest railway station is at Kakinada which is 12 km away.
- Samarlakota is well connected with major cities of Andhra Pradesh.