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MUKHALINGAM TEMPLE

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» Andhra Pradesh
Location : Srimukhalingam, 48-km From Srikakulam Town
Presidng Deity : Lord Shiva
Architecture : Indo-Aryan Style
Built In : Beginning Of 9th Century AD

Srimukhalingam, situated on the left bank of the Vamsadhara, lies at a distance of 48-km from Srikakulam town. The place was the site of the capital of the old Ganga kings of Kalinga. It is famous for the temple of 'Srimukhalingesvara' (Shiva), which is held in great veneration.

This temple is an example of the Indo-Aryan style of architecture, which differs widely from the Dravidian style. The sculpture in this temple is remarkably elegant and precise. The shrine is said to have been built at the beginning of the 9th century AD, and the inscriptions show that this place was formerly inhabited by Buddhists. The Maha Shivaratri festival celebrated every year is attended by about 25,000 pilgrims.

HOW TO GET THERE

Rail & Road: Srikakulam is well connected by rail and road with all the important places of the state. Tourists can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Mukhalingam from Srikakulam.

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel accommodation is available in Srikakulam.



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