is 14 feet high. And one has to ascend the stairs to reach the
second story, where the Bhimeswar is seen in all His, splendour and
lusture; it is spatika linga. All prayer services are offered here
only. It is an elevating experience to see such a huge, high linga
coming from below and worshipped in the second tier. The image of
Manikyamba is installed to the North of Sivalinga in a separate
shrine. The utsavamurthis of several deities are extremely grand,
and their' visual appeal detains the viewers long. There are huge
halls in the inner courtyard to accommodate thousands of devotees
congregating on special festivals, celebrated periodically with
unusual fervor. Among them, Bhishma Ekadasi, Karthika Jwalatoranam,
Mahasivaratri deserve mention and they have great pull. During the
Bhishma Ekadasi,,Ratotsava -- Car festival is celebrated on the 4th
day when thousands visit and overflow courtyards in and out of the
prakaras. The temple Pushkarini which is lying outside the first
prakara, has a story to tell and a sanctity that draws all for a
bath; it confers the same merit as that of Godavari when bathed.
Legend says that when the Saptarishis -- Atri, Kasyap, Goutama,
Jamadagni, Vasista, Bharadwaja and Viswamitra visited the temple,.
they found water scarcity. So created a Pushkarini, and by their
atmasakti brought the Godavari water through antarvahini and filled
this Pushkarini. So it acquired the name of `Saptasagaram'.
next visit is to palakollu, the modern name for ksheeraramam.