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Srikurmam - Lord Vishnu Temple

The village Srikurmam derives its name from the temple which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the Avatara of Srikurmam (Tortoise), and hence the deity itself is called Srikurmanatha. The temple has beautiful pillared mantapas and some of the pieces of sculpture done in granite are masterpieces of workmanship. The Vimana of the temple is built in the characterstic of Chola type of architecture, though the outer gates beyond the prakara are much later.

Srikurmam Temple Images

Pilgrim Attractions

  • This is the only temple of Lord Vishnu as Kurmavathara and self manifested
  • Godess Vaishnavi devi temple is second to north India Visho devi temple, Kashmir
  • Only temple having two Dhwaja Sthambhams (temple's flag poles)
  • Beautiful architecture and have 108 carved pillars, one is not identical to other
  • The paintings on Mandapa rooves depicts the Puranams and are resemble Anjanta mural paintings
  • Temple constructed in 7th century and the deity's existance was more than a million years
  • This holy temple mentioned in Kurma, Padma, Vishnu, Agni and Bramhanda puranas
  • It is believed that this place so powerful that gives salvation from any Graha dosham
  • This place is most apt for meditation
  • This temple have white stones and stones having magnatic property, which cures certain deceases
  • There is a protecting center for the extincting star tortoises at the temple

Where is Srikurmam

Srikuram village located in Gara Mandal, Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh state, India - 532404.

How to Reach

  • Nearest Town: Srikakulam - 14km
  • Distance From: Visakhapatnam - 133km, Vijayawada - 458km
  • Nearest Airport: Visakhapatnam
  • Nearest Bus Station: Srikakulam
  • Nearest Railway Station: Srikakulam road (9km from Srikakulam town), on Vizag - Bhuvaneshwar line
  • Transport:Srikakulam town is on Nh3 at north-east of Andha Pradesh. There are frequent RTC buses and private vehicles run between Srikurmam and Srikakulam town.

Festivals / Events

One of the few Vishnu temples in the world where Abhishekam (Tiru Manjanam) is performed on daily basis (like Shiva temples).

Daily sevas & Darshan Timings

  • Abhishekam 4.30am to 6.00am
  • Akhanda Deeparadhana
  • Nitya Bhogam (prasadam)
  • Kalyanam

Festivals

  • Dolotsavam (on Holi festival) 3 days
  • Kalyanotsavam on Vaisakha Shudha Ekadasi (April or May)
  • Jayanthi Utsavam on Jyeshta Bahula Dwadasi (May or June)
  • Mukkoti Ekadasi (Dec or Jan)

Where to Stay

Devasthanam Choultries and guest houses available at Srikurmam.

Good hotels available at Srikakulam town. Visakhapatnam is the nearest city for luxury hotels

Travel Tips

Do atleast one Pradakshina (Keeping the shrine to your right) before Darshan of the lord.

Visiting Places near Srikurmam