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Sri Kurmanadha Temple

Sri Kurmanadha Temple is the only temple in India where Lord Vishnu is revered in the form of Kurma and hence the deity is called Srikurmanatha. The temple where Lord faces to the west is believed to be built before the 2nd century. The temple architecture is enriched with almost 200 black granite pillars with unique sculpture and two flagstaffs (dwjastamdhams), one in the east and other in the west of the temple. It also depicts many inscriptions in Devenagri script dating from the 11th to the 19th century AD.

Swetha Puskarnei is a holy pond where the devotees perform rituals for the deceased. Holika pournami (Holi), Srikurma Jayanthi, Dussehra Utsavam and Janmashtami are some of the festivals celebrated here.

The temple is situated at Srikurmam, 18 km to the southeast of Srikakulam town, on the way to Sun Temple at Arasavalli, in Srikakulam District. Visakhapatnam Airport (106 km) and Amadalavalasa Railway Station (20 km from Srikakulam) are the nearest access points. By road the temple can be accessed from the Ntional Highway 5. Hotel Nagavali, Hotel Satya, Hotel Aditya and Hotel Balaji offers nearest accommodation to the temple.

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Updated on 17th September, 2014
District: Srikakulam


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