Endala Mallikarjunaswamy Aalayam Temple
Location: Ravivalasa, Srikakulam
Deity: Lord Shiva
This temple has no top and no entrance and has a big linga with no doors at the garba griha. Lord Paramasiva is said to rush to the rescue of His devotees. The presiding deity - Mallikarjuna, is the local name of Lord Siva who is exposed to the sun always, hence the name of Endala Mallikarjuna Swamy. It is 15km off Tekkali of Srikakulam.
The temple was originally Saivite, but was changed to Vaishnavite by Sri Ramanujacharya. This is the only important temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the whole of India. There are several sacred shrines within the temple.
Surya Narayanswamy Temple
This temple is an ancient and powerful temple. The idol of the Lord is carved out of black granite and shows the Lord with two lotuses held in both hands. The God is represented as riding in a chariot drawn by seven horses and driven by Anoora. There is enough historical evidence to show that the temple has existed for a long time.
This is a group of three temples built by the Eastern Ganga kings in the 10th century. The deities here are Mukhalingeswara, Bhimeswara and Someswara. All these temples display the Orissa style of architecture.
(Last Updated on : 18-09-2010)
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