Markandeya Temple Overview
Markandeya Temple is considered as the ruin of a mosque situated near Chanda Satram or Satram-Choultry. After the archaeological surveys, it was discovered that the mosque was confirmed as a Shiva Temple. In 1818, this temple was reconstructed by Gundu Sobhanadriswara Rao. The temple finds its entrance from Gundu vari Street, where Gundu Sobhanadriswara Rao lived.
A legend is associated with the temple that Muni Mrukhanada, a believer of Lord Shiva, prayed for a child. Lord Shiva made her choose either between a child and a husband or a child, who will be alive only for 11 years. Muni choose the baby who was named as Markandeya.
The boy dedicated his whole life in worshipping Lord Shiva and even placed a Lingam, which still exists in this temple. It is believed that when Yamaraj, the God of Death, came to take his life, Lord Shiva himself protected him and blessed him with the boon of life.
This ancient temple is located in Rajahmundry town and tourists can easily reach this place from nearby places like Kakinada and Amalapuram.