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SRIKAKULAM - EKARATRI MALLIIKARJUNA AALAYAM

Though Srikakulam flashes across our minds the splendid image of Swayamvyakta Andhra Mahavishnu, and narrates many sports of Srikakuleswara, it also houses an ancient Sivaalaya. The presiding deity is called Ekaratri Mallikarjunaswamy. The historic town is the cradle of Devadasi dance and etched its name as a religion-cultural centre of great eminence on the pages of history. This kshetra is deemed one of the hundred and eight Divya Tirupathis. On account of the unprecedented popularity of Vaishnava Deity - Srikakulendraswamy, the Saivate god's mahatmya is a little bit obscured; yet this temple made a mark as a great Siva yatrasthala. The annual festival of Ekaratra Mallikarjunaswamy Brahmotsav is celebrated on a scale grand, with pomp and splendour. During then the Utsavamurti of Siva flanked by Ganga and Parvati on both sides is taken out in procession out-stepping the glory of the other deity. The temple is beautified with rare sculptural adornments.

It lies 36 Km off Machalipatnam, accessible by train and bus.

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