Sri Kurmam

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Sri Kurmam
శ్రీ కూర్మం
Sri Kurmam Temple view
Sri Kurmam Temple view
Sri Kurmam is located in Andhra Pradesh
Sri Kurmam
Sri Kurmam
Sri Kurmam is located in India
Sri Kurmam
Sri Kurmam
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 18°10′N 84°06′E / 18.16°N 84.1°E / 18.16; 84.1Coordinates: 18°10′N 84°06′E / 18.16°N 84.1°E / 18.16; 84.1
Country India
State Andhra Pradesh
District Srikakulam
Elevation 17 m (56 ft)
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 532 404

Sri Kurmam is a village near Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, India. It is located approximately 13 kilometers east of Srikakulam town near the sea. It is in the Gara mandal of Srikakulam district.


Rail: Nearest railway station Srikakulam Road( Amadalavalasa) after getting down at station buses are available to srikurmam frequency 20 minutes, journey time 01:10min.

Road: Nearest bus station Srikakulam. Every 20 minutes one bus will departures to Srikurmam.


Sri Kurmam is located at a latitude of 18° 16' N, a longitude of 84° 1' E and an altitude of 17 meters (59 feet).[1] This location puts the temple about 03 kilometres from the Bay of Bengal.[2]

The temple[edit]

Mandapam at Srikurmam Temple

According to inscriptions in the temple dated 1281 AD, the holy place of Kürmakshetra was reestablished by Sri Ramanujacharya under the influence of Jagannatha Deva at Jagannatha Puri.[3] Later the temple came under the jurisdiction of the king of Vijayanagara. The temple is dedicated to Sri Kurmanatha, the second avatar of Lord Vishnu, Kurma Avatar. There is another temple of Kurmanatha in Kurmai of Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh,India. There is also a Yoganandha Narasimhan temple in front of Sri Kurmam temple. Simhachalam Devasthanam took the responsibility for the temple improvement. The moolasthanam (central piece) is considered to be large saligrama.[4]

During Kritha Yuga, a pious king named Swetha Maharaj observed severe penance for many years. Pleased with his penance, Mahavishnu appeared as Kurmanatha Swamy or Vishnu in the Form of Tortoise.[5] Brahma Deva himself took charge of the rituals and consecrated the Temple with Gopala Yantra. Swetha Pushkarini-The Lake in front of the Temple was formed by Sudarshana Chakra.Mahalakshmi emanated from this lake in Garuda Vahana in Varada Mudra posture as Kurma Nayaki.


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