Mukhalingeswara (Lord Shiva) Temple, Mukhalingam

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This temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is said to be the finest example of Kalinga Architecture style; an offshoot of Orissan temple architecture. The Orissa style is a variation of Nagara stlyle of Hindu temple architecture.
The ancient temple is believed to be made King Kamarnaya (941-976 AD) of Eastern Ganga dynasty. Its massive entrance, flanked by huge lions leading to the outer Prakara (boundary wall) of the temple is imposing. So is the beautiful fresco that adorns the inner Prakara.
There are about 11 other Shrines, mostly dedicated to Lord Shiva, within the temple complex; an attractive Nandi Statue too, facing the main temple.
Sree Aniyanka Bhimeswara and Someswara temples are also nearby. The simplicity of architectural style of Someswara temple suggests it precedes the Mukhalingeswara temple in existence. The Aniyanka Bhimeswara temple is believed to be slightly later to the Someswara templ.
The town of Mukhalingam is situated on the North-Eastern area of Andrapradesh near Odisha border. Srikakulam is 48 kilometers away.


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