Sri Someswara Janardana Swamy Temple

Sri Someswara Janardana Swamy Temple

Somaramam is also known as Sri Someswara Janardhana Swamy Temple located at Gunupidi near Bhimavaram of West Godavari district. It is one among the famous Pancharama Kshetras in Andhra Pradesh. The main contribution for temple construction was made by the King Chalukya Bhima during the 4th century. As per Puranas the Sivalinga at this place is installed and established by Lord Chandra and hence the temple is called Somarama, as Sanskrit word soma means Chandra (God Moon). It is believed that the colour of the Sivalinga changes according to the Lunar-rays. In a month the statue brightens to white for 15 days gradually day by day and turns into black gradually for another 15 days. The temple is situated on the bank of Godavari River. Over and above the Garbhalayam, Goddess Annapurna temple is situated., which is the speciality of this temple and cannot be seen anywhere else in India. This resembles the fact that Lord Siva holds the Goddess Ganga on His head. To the South of the Garbha Gruham, Goddess Adilakshmi can be seen. There was a wedding hall at a ground and first floor. Mass marriages, especially during Shivarathri, are conducted at this temple premises. The local people say that couples getting married at this Pancharama place have a peaceful understanding married life. Marriages are conducted both in the new hall and also in Goddess Annapurna Mantapam. To the East side of this temple, there is a Pushkarini pond which is also called Chandrakundam. Inside the temple, Lord Anjaneya Swamy, God Kumara Swamy, Navagraha, Sun God, Lord Ganesha can also be seen.

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