Sri Mukha Lingeswara
Sri Mukha LIngeswara temple is located in Srimukhalingam a small village, Srikakulam district. Srimukhalingam is 35 kms from Srikakulam. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva known as Sri Mukha Lingeswara, housing 3 Ancient temples at one Location in form of Mukhalingeswara, Bhimeswara and Someswara and was built in the 9th century by the Kalinga kings. Sri Mukhalingam temple is on the banks of River Vamsadhara and was the capital of Kalinga Ganga Kings for over 600 years. It is also known as Dakshina Kaasi.
This is a gaggle of 3 temples designed by the eastern Ganga kings in the 10th century. This Shrimukhalinga temple shows the province type of design. The Mukhalinga could be a virtual gallery. The entrances measure a marvel in themselves. There is an enrichment of sculptural work and perforated windows. The Bhimeswara temple lacks its grand splendor; however Someswara temple is additionally wealthy in sculptural work.
The Shrimukhalinga temple is additionally referred to as the Kalinganagara, which was the capital of the first eastern Ganga rulers. The Someswara temple is easy in design, which is the earliest of the Shrimukhalinga temple. It’s situated on the outskirts of the village of Mukhalingam. The entrance of the temple bears the pictures of the Ganga and the Yamuna on either side. The Aniyanka Bhimeswara temple is designed later than the Shrimukhalingam temple. It is plain compared to the grandeur of the Mukhalingeswara temple. The devakoshtas bear the pictures of Brahma, Narasimha and Dakshinamurthy. The main temple encloses eleven shrines within the inner prakara, each complete in itself. The doorway to most of the temples is from the south and east. The niches within the outer wall contain lovely sculpted pictures and perforated windows with beautiful works of art. The temple had been designed completely during the period of the king Kamarnava (941-976 CE).
In this temple, Shiva Lingam having the face (Sri Mukham) of the Lord. Generally Shiva Lingams do not have the Facial carving and hence the Temple at Sri Mukhalingam is different from the other Shiva Temples. The Lingam is not stone formation but in the form of a Fossil of the trunk of Ippa (Madhuca) tree with a naturally carved face.
According to the Sthala Puranam, Lord Shiva manifested here in a Madhuka Tree (Which are plenty in this area) to relieve the Gandharvas who were born here as Tribals (Sabaras) by the curse of Vamadeva Maharshi. Hence the Lord here is called Sri Madhukeswara swamy.
Maha Shivarathri festival is grandly celebrated here and participated by huge crowd of devotees from surrounding villages and Odisha state.
Srimukhalingam is a small village with no eating and accommodation options. Devotees can get best hotel and lodging options at Srikakulam city.
Srikakulam city is near to Srimukhalingam village and has good connectivity with all the major cities of Andhra Pradesh. Srikakulam Bus Station is 49 km from the temple. APSRTC organizes regular bus services to this temple.
Srikakulam Road railway station(47.8 km) is the nearest railway station. Buses and private transport is available from the Srikakulam city.
Visakhapatnam International Airport is 158 km from here.
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