Sri Mukha Lingeswara Swamy Temple
Sri Mukha Lingeswara Swamy Temple: The main deity of this temple is Lord Shiva in the form of Lingam having a face (Sri Mukham) on the Lingam. This temple is located in Sri Mukha lingam village of Srikakulam district on the bank of the river Vamsadhara. However, there are three ancient temples at one location namely Madhukeswara Someswara and Bheemeswara.
Srimukha Lingeswara History:
As per the legends, Lord Shiva self-manifested here in a Madhuka tree to relieve the Gandharvas. Vamadeva Maharshi curses the Gandharvas to born as tribals. Hence the Lord is called as Madhukeswara Swamy.
Generally, Shivalingams don’t appear in carving face but this temple is different from other Shiva temples. Here the lingam is not in the stone formation but in the form of a fossil Madhuka tree with a natural face. This temple built during 10th century A.D at the time of the chalukyan ruling period.
However, this temple faces east and close to Madhukeswara temple and separates by a wall. This temple built during the ruling of Aniyankha Bhima at the time of 980-1015 A.D. Moreover, this temple has many inscriptions like Brahma, Dakshinamurthy and Narasimha in southern, northern and western sides.
This is the last of the three temples polish Manusha lingam is manifested at this place. However, images of Mahishashamardhini, Ganesha and karthikeya images are on board.
Timings of Srimukha Lingeswara Temple:
- Generally, the temple opens in the morning at 5:30 am and closes by evening at 8:30 pm.
How to reach Srimukha Lingeswara Temple:
By Air: The nearest airport is in Vishakhapatnam which is at a distance of 138 km.
On Rail: However, Vishakhapatnam railway station is the major railway station which is at a distance of 134 km. So, from there you can reach by road thereafter.
By Bus: Patapatnam, Narsannapeta, and Seethampeta bus stations are nearby bus stations to Mukhalingam village. So, from there you can reach by local transport to this temple. However, APSRTC runs a number of buses from all major cities to here.
- Generally, there is no accommodation available near this temple. So, we need to travel nearly 60 km to avail accommodation in a private hotel in Srikakulam Town.