Sri Mukhalingam is a place famous for the temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is a small village located at a distance of about 170 KM from Vishakhapatnam and 50 KM from Srikakulam.
It was constructed during the 8th-century, the reign of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty.
About Eastern Ganga Dynasty
The Eastern Ganga Dynasty was a dynasty of medieval India. They reigned from the 5th century to the early 15th century. The early rulers of the dynasty ruled from Dantapura, but later shifted to Kalinganagara (modern Mukhalingam) and eventually to Kataka (modern Calcutta). They constructed temples from the wealth they earned from trade and commerce.
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Mukhalingam – Capital of Eastern Ganga Dynasty
It is a small village in Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh, India. It was the former capital of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. At that time, it was called Kalinganagara.
It is home to three Shiva temples – Madhukeswara, Someswara, and Bhimeswara. According to historians, they were constructed between the eighth century to early eleventh century CE.
This small village is located on the left bank of the Vamsadhara river. It is at a distance of about 170 KM from Vishakhapatnam and about 50 KM from Srikakulam.
Importance of Sri Mukhalingam
There are three temples at Sri Mukhalingam. These temples are architectural marvels of India. These are marvelous stone works and a feast to the Connoisseurs of Archaeology & Heritage.
The great work of art is appreciated throughout the world. Also, it is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.
It is one of the most important religious sites amongst Hindus. Every year, thousands of Hindu devotees and tourists visit there.
Pilgrims visit there every year for the Chakratistha Snana(Holy Bath). Lakhs of pilgrims visit from Orisha and Andhra Pradesh on an auspicious day to take bath and get the blessings of Lord Shiva.
According to the Sthala Puranam, Lord Shiva manifested here during a Madhuka Tree to alleviate the Gandharvas who were born here as Tribals (Sabaras). Hence the Lord here is named Sri Madhukeswara Swamy.