According to the temple history, during the Tarakasura vadha, the Shiva Linga which was in the throat of Tarakasura broke into five pieces and one of the pieces fell here. Lord Bhimeswara Swamy was installed by Kumara Swamy (son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati) and hence the temple is called KumaraRama. The architecture is based on the Dravidian style, constructed by the king Chalukya Bhima. Hence the name is Bhimeswara.
Kumararama is one of the five important and popular Pancharama Kshetras that are sacred to the Hindu God Siva. This temple is located in Samarlakota near Kakinada around 10 kms, in the East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh in South India. The consort of Lord Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy is Goddess Bala Tripurasundari.
The main shrine is a free standing monument lying at the center of the inner enclosure. The temple is a rectangular structure and has two storeyd. Darshan of Sivalingam is at the first floor. Steps are available at both the side. The lime stone Linga, installed in the shrine, is so tall that it rises from the pedestal on the ground floor and enters the second floor by piercing the roof, where the Rudrabhaga is worshipped. The Linga is made of limestone and appears white and 14 feet (4.3 m) high. Goddess Shri Bala Thripura Sundari statue can be seen at temple premesis. Eka Sila Nandi is kept at the temple entrance opposite toSivalingam.
The Kakatiya rulers (in 1340-1466CE) have added and restored the temple pillars with fine and sharp finishes. The work of Chalukyas and Kakatiya’s is incredibly distinguished, by the well-decorated and polished pillars within the temple to the rest of the temple, each looking new. The maintenance and development of this temple is so good that it is not modified a lot, through years, compared to the Draksharaam temple. Kala Bhairava is another importance in this temple. Shaasanas between 1147-1494 were scripted in the pillars of the temple. Recent excavations within the compound of the temple have yielded several idols dated back to 1000 years which are currently present inside the temple.
The temple has a mandapam that is supported by 100 pillars and is of great architectural importance. The temple has an Ekasila Nandi guarding the Shiva Linga at the entrance of the temple. The temple premise almost resembles the other Pancharama temple at Draksharama which is also called Bhimeswara Alayam. The temple is surrounded by two prakara walls built of dressed sand stones. The outer prakara wall is pierced by gopuram( entrance on all the four sides). The main entrance to the temple is called Surya Dwaram. There are carvings of Apsaras on pillars in the temple. A mandapam supported with one hundred pillars can be seen. The four towers have mandapas on either side. The inner enclosure wall is divided horizontally into two sections separated by a cornice. It has a two storeyed pillared mandapa running along the inner side. To the east side, there is a mantap called Koneti. Pushkarni (Koneru) lake can be seen here.
The construction of the temple was started in AD 892 and was completed during 922 AD. From 1340-1466 AD. during Kakatiya dynasty, the temple was reconstructed. So one can see the sculpture design of both Turpu Chalukyas' and Kakatiyas.
Sri Kala Bhairava and Goddess Balatripura Sundari Devi are the other deities of this temple.
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Maha Sivarathri is that the most important festival that is widely known during this Samarlakota Temple Bheemeswara swamy Temple.
Annavaram and Draksharamam are the nearest famous temples.
Kakinada City is just 15 Km and Rajahmundry is 48 Km from this temple. Many Buses and private vehicles are available to reach this temple from these cities.
Samalkot Bus station and Railway Junction are just 1.5 Kms from the temple.
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