Temple Details

Mukhalingam   Srikakulam

About Mukhalingam

At the entrance of the temple, there is a vast arched gate,in which there are two lions on both sides of the gates.The primary gate leads to the outer prakara where the idol of the Nandhi is installed in a very mandapam. The inscriptions of the Gods and Goddess leads to the inner prakara, which is the temple of the  Mukhalingeswara. At each corner of the inner prakara, there are several little temples, some dedicated to Lord Shiva (in the shape of Someshwara and Bhimeswara) and Lord Ganesha.  In the inner compound of the temple, there are 2 temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, with idols of the Someshwara and Bhimeswara.  At the center,  stands the finely incised temple, the walls of which have pictures of Gods and Goddesses in their various avatars (forms).  Each image depicts a story from the Shiva Purana.
This is a gaggle of 3 temples designed by the eastern Ganga kings in the 10th century. This Shrimukhalinga temple shows the province type of design. The Mukhalinga could be a virtual gallery. The entrances measure a marvel in themselves. There is an enrichment of sculptural work and perforated windows.  The Bhimeswara temple lacks its grand splendor; however Someswara temple is additionally wealthy in sculptural work.
The  Shrimukhalinga temple  is additionally referred to as the Kalinganagara, which was the capital of the first eastern Ganga rulers. The Someswara temple is easy in design, which is the earliest of the Shrimukhalinga temple.  It’s situated on the outskirts of the village of Mukhalingam. The entrance of the temple bears the pictures of the Ganga and  the Yamuna on either side. The Aniyanka Bhimeswara temple is designed later than the Shrimukhalingam temple. It is plain compared to the grandeur of the Mukhalingeswara temple. The devakoshtas bear the pictures of Brahma, Narasimha and Dakshinamurthy.  
The main temple encloses eleven shrines within the inner prakara, each complete in itself.  The doorway to most of the temples is from the south and east. The niches within the outer wall contain lovely sculpted pictures and perforated windows with  beautiful works of art.  The temple had been designed completely during the period of the king Kamarnava (941-976 CE).  


  • Nearest Town: Srikakulam - 48km
  • Distance From: Visakhapatnam - 167 km, Bhuvaneshwar - 316 km, Vijayawada - 493 km
  • Nearest Airport: Visakhapatnam
  • Nearest Bus Station: Srikakulam
  • Nearest Railway Station: Srikakulam road (9km from Srikakulam town), on Vizag - Bhuvaneshwar line
  • Transport:

    Srikakulam → Take Rana road at Narasannapeta → Take Budithi road at Challapet Junction → Budithi → Srimukhalingam.

    RTC buses run between Srimukhalingam and Srikakulam for every one hour.

Budget hotels available at Srikakulam. Visakhapatnam is the nearest city for luxury hotels

  • Ancient temple constructed between 9th and 11th Centuries in it's prestine form
  • The Trinity of Madhukeswara, Someswara and Bheemeswara Temples
  • The Lingam is formed by the trunk of Madhuca tree with a naturally carved face
  • Architecture grandeur of red stone sculpture
  • On the banks of beautiful river Vamsadhara
  • protected by Central Archeological Department