Srikurman (Kurma-ksetra)

There is a temple in Srikurman dedicated to Kurmadeva. Srikurman is located 100km northeast of Visakhapatnam and 200km southwest of Puri, on the shore of the Bay of Bengal, 15km east of the town of Srikakulam. Srikakulam is a fairly large town and the facilities there are decent. Srikurman is a small town with virtually no facilities, so it is best to stay in Srikakulam and travel to the Sri Kurma Temple during the day. This is an area where few foreigners visit.

Kurma Temple
This architecturally beautiful temple is said to be the only temple of the tortoise incarnation on earth. The present temple is at least 700 years old; the original temple is said to have been built in 200 AD.

Sri Kurma, a Deity of Lord Vishnu in the form of a kurma, tortoise, is one of Vishnu’s ten incarnations, collectively known as the Dasavatara. The Deity consists of two stones, about two feet long, emerging from the ground, which represent Sri Kurma’s head and body. The temple is located on the shore of Swatha Puskarini Lake. There is a large festival in February, at which time thousands of people come to bathe in the Swatha Puskarini Lake.

To the left of the main temple is a small temple dedicated to the four-armed form of Bilvamangala. It is said that Bilvamangala’s body is buried below this temple. On a hill in Kurma-ksetra is a small shrine that houses the footprints of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who visited Kurma-ksetra in 1512

Nearby
At Arasavalli, 1½ km from Srikakulam, there is a famous Surya Temple, dedicated to the xe “sun-god” sun-god. It is said that this temple was originally established by Lord Indra, king of heaven The deity is carved from black granite.
Aruna, the sun-god’s charioteer, is the older brother of Garuda, Lord Vishnu’s carrier. Yelamanchili Pullaji Panthulu reconstructed the present temple in 1778.

This place is between Srikakulam and the Kurma Temple, and it is convenient to stop and visit this temple on the way to the Kurma Temple.

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