Keesaragutta templ

Keesaragutta Temple – Keesara Village, Medchal-Malkajgiri District – Telangana

Keesaragutta Temple is of immense historical and mythological importance.

Keesaragutta Temple is dedicated to Lord Siva and his consorts Bhavani and Sivadurga at Keesaragutta in Rangareddy district which is near hyderabad in Medchal-Malkajgiri District .

It is about 30 km from the city of Hyderabad. It is located on a small hillock. The temple draws thousands of devotees on Shivaratri. The temples is also known by the name Shri Ramalingeswara Swami.

keesaragutta temple history

As per leegend lord Sri Ram installed the Siva lingam here to atone for the sin of killing Ravana, a Brahman. He chose this beautiful valley, surrounded by hills and lush greenery.

He then requested Lord Hanuman to bring the Shivalingam from Varanasi.

When Lord Hanuman went on a search for the same, he was unable to choose which one to bring. His uncertainty in the matter caused a lot of delay.

So Lord Hanuman was late in arriving with the Siva lingam and as the auspicious hour was nearing, Lord Siva himself appeared before Sri Rama and presented a Sivilingam for installation.

This is the reason why the lingam in the temple is called Swayambhu Linga.

It is also called Ramalingeswara as Lord Sri Rama had installed this Shivalinga here.

Hanuman returned with 100 lingams for selection from Varanasi and felt aggrieved as was late.

He was greatly disappointed to see that a Lingam has already been installed. Agitated by this, he thew the Shiva Lingam in his hand on the ground. So now there were a total of 101 shiva lingams there.

Hence Sri Rama ordained that precedence would be given to him for worship at the temple.

He also said that the hillock where the lingam was installed will be called kesarigiri i.e, the son of Kesari , another name of Lord Hanuman…

Over a period of time, the name became Keesara and the hill was known as Keesaragutta.

Architecture of Keesaragutta Temple

Since lord Sri Rama had worshipped this Swayambumurthi the shivalinga is also called as Ramalingeshwara and is present in the sanctum sanctoram.

The temple also has shrines separately for Lord Lakshmi Narasimha and Lord Rama with ma Sita.

There were many excavations which were undertaked around this area by ASI ( archaeological survey of India ).

On the north of the temple remains of several Shiva Lingas and brick remnants were found.

The remains belonged to the rule of the Chalukyan Empire. Here, prayer halls, Yagasalas, and fortification walls were unearthed.

On the hills, some vestiges and rock-cut cisterns were discovered as proof that Jainism and Buddhism coexisted and thrived.

Twelve Jain Tirthankara idols from the fourth or fifth century that were discovered on October 18, 2014, close to the temple stairs at a depth of one foot demonstrate that Jainism and Hinduism co-existed at Keesaragutta during the reign of the Vishnukundinas in the fourth or fifth century.

Source – wikipedia

How to reach Keesara

  • keesaragutta temple distance from hyderabad is around 45 Kms and will generally take an hour to reach.
    • The bus route no. is 242 and there are many buses available from all parts from Hyderabad to the temple
    • You can also hire cabs / autos from the city
  • keesaragutta temple distance from bangalore is around 610 Kms

So this temple is very important from religious and historical stand point. Do visit this temple when you find some time.

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Kadapa temple – Sri Lakshmi Venkateswara Swamy Temple

Kadapa is one of the big districts in Andhra Pradesh and is famous for the Kadapa temple also known as Shri akshmi Venkateswara Swamy Temple.

One of the ancient temples in kadapa district?

The Devuni Kadapa is a historical site and part of the Kadapa City. It’s also known as Patha Kadapa, which translates to “Old Kadapa.” And as I said befoew, it is known for the Sri Lakshmi Venkateswara temple.

Tirumala Tholi Gadapa Devuni Kadapa as it is called – Shri Lakshmi Venkateswara Swamy Devasthanam is another name for the Devuni Kadapa.

The town of Kadapa is named after the word Gadapa, which comes from the word “Devuni Gadapa,” which means “Lord Venkateswara Swamy’s entry.”

Because Kripacharya established Lord Venkateswara’s idol, the old name of devuni kadapa is also known as “Kripavathi Kshetram” in puranas.

Pilgrims come here to pray to Lord Venkateswara after praying to Annamacharya and potuluri Veerabramhendra Swamy.

This temple is quite popular in the Kadapa district; people come from all over to see it, and Saturdays are particularly busy.

Kadapa temple an outstading architecture

The Shri Lakshmi Venkateshwara temple is a magnificent specimen of Vijayanagar architecture. The temple itself, with its magnificent sculpture and decorations, transports us to the Vijanagar era. In the mukha mandapam, there is a sculpture of dancing Vigneshwara, a master piece from those times.

Devuni kadapa temple known as Hanumath Kshetram?

Because there is an idol of Anjaneya behind Lord Venkateshwara in the sanctum sanctorum, the Shri Lakshmi Venkateshwara temple is known as Hanumanth Kshetram. The idol of the presiding deity is said to have been installed by guru Kripacharya.

Allapaka Annamacharya, all the Sankaracharyas of Advaita mutt, the heads of Ahobilam mutt, and Mahakavi Kshetrayya are said to have visited this spot. The Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam has just taken on the construction of this temple.

This temple also houses the goddess Shri Padmavati Thayar, who is commonly visited after Lord Venkateswara. The current location of Devuni kadapa is also known as Patha kadapa (old kadapa).

The temple has got lot of signifiance.

Pilgrims from all over the world and India who would like to go to Venkateswara swamy temple in Tirupathi will visit Devuni Kadapa temple, as well.

Devuni Kadapa is an archaeological treasure.

The main deity is Shri Lakshmi Venkateshwara Swamy (Lord Vishnu). Maha Vishnu is in Vishnu form, and is standing.

Devuni kadapa temple timings

S.NoTemple Darshan HoursDayTimings
1Morning HoursMon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri6:00 am – 12:30 pm
2Evening HoursMon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri3:30 pm – 8:00 pm
3Morning to EveningSat (No Break or Closing Timings)6:00 am – 8:30 pm

During festival times, the timings may differ.

Special Poojas/Sevas

  • Abhishekam is performed on Friday’s at 6:00 am. Ticket Costs Rs.100 for a person
  • Aaku Pooja is performed for Hanuman on Tuesday’s for a family. Ticket costs between Rs.500 -Rs.600, as it depends on the Aaku cost .
  • Saravana Nakshathram Kalyanotsavam is performed for a family. Ticket Costs Rs.100. Timings: 10:30 am – `12:00 pm.
  • Seva or Darshan tickets is not needed for children below 12 years

How to reach Devuni Kadapa?

  • 7 km from Kadapa Railway station.
  • 4.5 km from Kadapa Bus station.
  • 145 km From Tirupati, which takes 2 hours 45 mins by Road.
  • The nearest international airport is at Tirupati which is 139 km away.

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