There is an ancient temple in Samalkot, East Godavari, called ‘CHALUKYA KUMARARAMA BHIMESWARASWAMY TEMPLE, said to be constructed by the Eastern Chalukya King Chalukya Bhima, reigned from 892 AD to 922 AD has a tall lingam with a notion of architecture resembling Ancient Egypt.

This temple has undergone much vandalism during the rule of invaders and kept on renovated by various kings. It is located at a distance of 12 km from Kakinada, 52 Km from Rajahmundry.

The main shrine is a free-standing monument lying at the centre of the inner enclosure. The temple is a rectangular structure and has two storeys. The limestone Lingam, installed in the shrine, is so tall that it rises from the pedestal on the ground floor and enters the second floor by piercing the roof, where the Rudrabhaga is worshipped. The additional structures were built later on dated 1422 AD on the inscriptions. However, the vimana in the temple has been damaged and went under major renovations.

Maha Shivarathri in February, Sharannavarathrulu during Dussehra and Karthika masam in November, will be celebrated grandly here. What was unknown is that when and who built the actual main sanctum sanctorum of this temple?!  

–       Venkat Dasari

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