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Bhimavaram Someswara Swamy Temple – Gunupudi Bhimavaram Shiva Temple

Bhimavaram Someswara Swamy Temple, is one of the Pancharama Kshetras, and is located at Gunupudi Village in Bhimavaram, West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh. Lord Shiva is worshipped here as Someswara. The shrine is at walking distance from Bhimavaram Junction Railway Station. Bhimavaram is located around 105 km east of Vijayawada. The shrine is around 140 km west of Kakinada.

Unique Shivling at Gunupudi Someswara Swamy Temple
The unique aspect of the Shivling worshipped in the temple is that it changes color depending on the size of the moon. On Purnima or full moon days, the Shivling is white in form. The Shivling brightens. On Amavasya or no moon day it turns into black in form. The Shivling brightens during the waxing phase of moon and darkens during the waning phase of moon.

Goddess Murti atop Shivling
Goddess Annapurneshwari is worshipped in the sanctum sanctorum and she is the divine consort of Shiva in the shrine. But the interesting aspect is that murti of Goddess Annapurna is located atop the main Shivling in the temple. One can have darshan of Goddess only from the first floor of the temple.
Structure of the Temple

The temple is a two-storied structure and was constructed more than 1000 years ago. The temple faces east and is protected by a side walled compound. There is a tall stone pillar surmounted by Nandi statue in front of the temple. There is another Nandi statue in the center of the big temple tank. Open mandapa and a narrow corridor are found in the interior of the shrine.

The big pond in the temple is believed to have been built by Chandra, the moon god, and is known as Chandra Pushkarini. The pond is also known as Somagundam.

There are a total of five Nandi murtis in the temple.

The temple complex also has small shrines of Lord Janardhana, Muruga, Hanuman and Surya. There is also a separate Navgraha worship place.

Another name of the temple is Sri Uma Someshwara Janardhana Swamy Temple. Shiva is also known as Somarama.