Temples Around Regonda

1.KOTANCHA :Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple : This temple is an ancient temple in Regonda Mandalam , about 10 Km from Regonda. Autos and taxis are available from Regonda. Every year lakhs of pilgrims visit this famous temple

2.WARANGAL : Warangal is located 45 Km from Regonda and 148 km (92 mi) northeast of  Hyderabad. APSRTC buses are available from Regonda Police station to Warangal every 15-20 minutes . Warangal was  capital of Kakatiya kingdom ruled by the Kakatiya dynasty from  12th to the 14th centuries. Warangal also known as Orugallu, Ekasila Nagaram and Andhra Naragram, Andhra refers to Andhra Maha Vishnu. Warangal area is a combination of: Warangal, Hanmakonda and Kazipet.

Important Places to visit in Warangal are :

THOUSAND PILLAR TEMPLE : is a historic Hindu temple located in the town of Hanamakonda. This temple is star-shaped with several shrines and lingams. There are three shrines inside the temple, hence is called Trikutalayam. Three shrines of  Thousand Pillar Temple are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Surya.  Thousand Pillar Temple is surrounded by a big garden in which many small lingam shrines (Siva Lingams) can be seen. There are 1,000 richly carved pillars and a Nandi bull in the temple. Nandi bull was carved out of a black basalt monolith that has been highly polished.

BHADRAKALI TEMPLE : This temple is located on the banks of Bhadrakali lake, a picturesque location between Hanamkonda and Warangal. This temple is believed to be constructed by King Pulakesi II of Chalukya dynasty around 625 A.D. Goddess Bhadrakali was the "Kula Devatha" of Kakatiya kings of Orugallu empire. The lake was built later by Ganapathi Deva, a minister in Kakatiya Dynasty.

Warangal fort : The existence of Warangal Fort traced back to at least the 13th century CE.

3.RAMAPPA TEMPLE :  Ramappa Temple  also known as the Ramalingeswara temple is about 27 Km, half an hour's drive from  Regonda and autos / taxis available for visiting this place. An inscription in the temple dates it to the year 1213 and is said to have been built by a General Recherla Rudra, during the period of Kakatiya ruler Ganapati Deva. This medieval temple is a Shivalaya and named after its sculptor Ramappa. This beautiful temple, an example of brilliant Kakatiya dynasty art was planned and sculpted by Ramappa, and only temple in the world to be named after its sculptor/architect.

4.KALESWARAM :The famous "Kaleswara Muktheswara Swamy",Temple at Kaleswaram is 75 Km and one and half hour's drive from Regonda. Regular APSRTC bus service is available every 20 - 30 minutes from Regonda Police station bus stop.

Mukteshwara Swamy Temple is uniquely significant because of two Shiva Lingas found on a single pedestal. They are named Lord Shiva and Lord Yama; collectively known as Kaleswara Mukteswara Swamy. Kaleswaram is one of the three places of mentioned in Trilinga Desham (Land of Three Lingams), three Shiva temples and another name for Telugu speaking region - Andhra Pradesh. The other two places are Draksharamam and Srishailam.

Kaleswaram is also called Dakshina Triveni Sangamam as three rivers - River Pranahita (tributary of Godavari), Godavari River and River Saraswati (which is Antarvahini.) meet here.

5.MEDARAM :>  Medaram Sammakka - Sarakka Shrine  is 70 Km, one and half hour's drive from Regonda and taxis available here.  Popular Jatara called "Samakka sarakka" jatara takes place for three days in this village, biennially. This is deemed to be second largest congregation in India, only after the Kumbha Mela. Nearly one crore (ten million) people are expected to converge on this village for the Jatara. The Samakka Jatra is a State Festival of Govt. of Andhra Pradesh. Many tribal Devotees from different states - M.P, Chattisgarh, Orissa, Maharastra, Karnataka and parts of Jharkand reach this festive place to celebrate the Jatara.

People offer bangaram (gold) (jaggery in English) of a quantity equal to their weight to the goddesses and take holy bath in Jampanna Vagu (stream). It is a festival with no vedic or brahmanic influence.

6.MALLURU : Hemachala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Kshetram , Malluru is 189 Km, five hour's drive by car and buses are available from Regonda (via Bhupalapalli and Manuguru).  Famous shrine of Hemachala Lakshmi Narsimha Swamy is the most ancient architectural divine ensemble which is located on the Mallur Ghat, Mangapeta mandal of Warangal district. Situated in the beautiful mountain ranges on the southern bank of Godavari, this temple is famous for its Swayambhu deity. A mystique feature of main deity Nrusimha Swamy sila vigraham here is - it is soft like human skin and gets pressed in side when pierced on any part of the body below the head.

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