Sri Kurmam

Sri Kurmam is a Village near Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, India. It is located approximately 13 kilometers east of Srikakulam town near the sea. Sri Kurmam is located at latitude of 18° 16' N, longitude of 84° 1' E and an altitude of 17 meters (59 feet). It is in the Gara Mandal of Srikakulam district. This location puts the temple about half a mile offshore in the Bay of Bengal.

The natural beauty of the beach and its closeness to the town attracts tourists who often return to the quietness of the sea beach for the weekend. The beach is dowered with geographical features that are well suited for the visitors. The beach prevalently has a flat terrain. The slope of the Suryalanka Beach declines gradually into the sea which is convenient for those who prefer to engage in a casual stroll down the sea beach. The shore of the beach is wide and spacious. The Suryalanka Beach overlooks the crystal blue waters of the Bay of Bengal.

There is a Temple dedicated to Sri Kurma-natha, which is the second avatar of Lord Vishnu, Kurma-avatara (Tortoise). One unique feature of this temple is that it has Dhwajastambams in the front and back of the temple. That is because the deity faces the back of the temple on the west and hence the reason for another dhwajastambam.

This is the only temple of Kurmanatha in India. There is a YogAnandha Narasimhan temple in front of Sri Kurmam temple. Simhachalam Devasthanam adopted this temple for improvement. Temple of Hephaestus, an Doric Greek temple in Athens with the original entrance facing east, 449 BC (western face depicted). The moolasthanam (central piece) is considered to be very big Saligrama. The Turtle (kUrma) has earned an exclusive, known as Sri-kUrmam in the 'sampradAyam'. The 'image' is not a sculpture crafted by man, but the fossil of an actual (large-size) turtle, which must have paddled on to the 'kshEtram' where the shrine has been built.

According to inscriptions in the temple dated 1281 A.D, the holy place of Kürma-kshetra, was actually reestablished by Sri Ramanujacharya under the influence of Lord Jagannatha Deva at Jagannatha Puri. The Deity was worshiped by the Vaishnavas of the Madhvacharya Sampradäya. Some inscriptions are said to be written by Sri Narahari Teertha, who was in the disciplic succession of Madhvacharya. He later became the ruler of Kalinga Province and fought with the Sabaras, and saved the temple of Kürma. Narahari Tértha was a very religious and powerful king. He died in the Saka Era 1203. The temple was constructed and dedicated to the holy name of YogAnanda Narasimhadeva.

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