Andhra Pradesh Ganga Shivaganga Temple Chintakundupalem Machilipatnam
The Ganga- Shivaganaga temple, located about a 150kms from Bangalore and about 350kms from Hyderabad, is one of the most famous temples of the world. And nobody misses visiting this temple at least once, when they happen to visit Andhra Pradesh. Lord Shiva, is one of the most prominent and powerful deities in Hinduism and has always been a symbol of higher supremacy.
The Ganga-Shivaganga temple is one of the oldest temples in the Machilipatna surroundings. It is well known for its architecture as well as spiritual and religious significance. As much as the temple is famous for its deities, it is always been well known for the innate architecture and has been one of the most beautiful creations of man.
The two larger than life statues of Shiva and Ganga (Parvathi) are breath taking to look at and are give you a sense of absolute peace. The journey to the temple is also a pleasant one since the path is surrounded by various hills and greenery and is indeed an enjoyable onward journey.
How to Reach
The Ganga-Shivaganga temple is one of the most famous destinations both for tourism as well as religious purposes. Hence, this temple can be accessed through rail, road as well as air.
The nearest airport to the Shivaganga temple, would be the Vijayawada airport which is located 58km from the temple. Once you land at the airport, you might have to hail a taxi cab or there are also several state transport as well as private transport buses that ply from the airport to the temple.
The nearest railway station to the temple is the Machilipatnam station, located a mere 1km away from the temple. This provides easy access, if you are comfortable with boarding local trains.
The nearest well known cities include Guntur and Vijayawada located 85km and 72km respectively from the temple. Several options are available for travel by road, and are often the most popular among locals.
Apart from the larger than life statues of Lord Shiva and Ganga, the primary or main deity is the ‘ling’, another form of Lord Shiva usually found within Temple shrines.
Significance of The Temple
The Shivaratri (a festival dedicated to Lord Shiva) is celebrated with much grandeur and is one of the most anticipated seasonal festivals in and around the small town of Machilipatnam.
Weather and Time to Visit
The best time to visit any part of Andhra Pradesh would be during the months of October to January. Since, this will be the time when the weather will be mildly cold and not in the least humid. So, during the dussehra holidays or anytime you might get a break during these months, you must pay a visit to Lord Shiva here.