Kumararama temple is situated in Samarlakota in the district of East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Kumararama temple is also called as Bhimarama temple and Sri Kumararama Bhimeswara Swamy Temple. Kumararama temple is one of the Pancharama Kshetras (five temples), dedicated to Lord Shiva in Andhra Pradesh. The Pancharama Kshetras are:
- Amareswara Swamy Temple, Amararama
- Bhimeswara Temple, Draksharamam
- Someswara Temple, Somarama
- Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple, Ksheerarama
- Sri Kumararama Bhimeswara Swamy Temple, Kumararama
Kumararama temple is believed to be built by the king Chalukya Bhima, and hence the temple is called as Bhimeswara Swamy Temple. Kumararama temple is built in a Dravidian style of architecture and is said to be built in the 9th century AD. The story behind the temple was that during Tarakasura vadha, it is said that the Shivalingam which was present on the throat of Tarakasura, a powerful asura, was divided into five pieces. And the place where the five pieces fell where the Pancharama Kshetras are built. This temple of Lord Bhimeswara Swamy was said to be installed by Kumara Swamy, the son of Lord Shiva, and hence the temple is called as Kumararama temple.
The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy (Lord Shiva) in the form of a big Shivalingam. The Goddess of the temple is Goddess Bala Tripurasundari, the consort of Lord Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy. The Shivalingam present at this temple was said to be installed by Lord Kumaraswamy (Lord Murugan, the son of Lord Shiva). The Shivalingam here is made of limestone, and is 16 feet in height. The temple has a special Nandi, the mount of Lord Shiva called as Ekasila Nandi, which is made out from a single stone.
The main entrance of Kumararama is called as Surya Dwaram. And the two Prakara walls of the temple are specially built of dressed sand stones. The Kumararama temple four dwara (entrance) and the mandapam of the temple is supported with hundred pillars. The temple contains the sculpture designs of both Turpu chalukyas and kakatiyas as it was in existence from so many years and reconstructed by both the dynasties.
The temple remains open from morning 6.00 AM to 12.00 noon and in the evening from 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM.
- Kalyana Mahotsam – February/March
- Maha Shivaratri – February/March
- Kathigai Festival – November/December
The place can accessed by busses which are connected with National Highways Road which passes through Samarlakota, Andhra Pradesh.
The nearest railway station to Kumararama Temple is Samalkota railway station which is very nearest to the temple.
The nearest airport to Kumararama Temple is Rajahmundry airport which is about 42 Km from the temple.
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