Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Devasthanam
Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Devasthanam
Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Devasthanam – Abode of Lord Eashwara – at Vemulawada village of Karimangar District in Andhra Pradesh State is one of the ancient and famous Shivate temples. The Institution was categorized as Regional Joint Commissioner Cadre Temple under G.O.Ms.No: 262, Revenue [Endts.I] Department, dated 10/03/1992. The shrine deserves a special mention in terms of its architectural grandeur and spiritual sanctity and is one of the famous Shivate Temples in Andhra Pradesh State. Existence of this shrine is lost in the mists of antiquity and even Puranas mention the existence of the Deity.
The presiding Deity – Lord Raja Rajeshwara in the form of “Neela Lohitha Siva Lingam is known for his boundless benevolence in fulfilling the wishes of the devotees.
This Shrine is popularly known as ‘Dakshina Kasi’ [Southern Banaras] and also as “Harihara Kshetram” for their being two Vaisnava Temples in main Temple complex i.e., Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple & Sri Seetharama Chandra Swamy Temple and Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy is Kesthra Palaka of this Temple being consecrated with Pujas/ festive rituals [both Shivate & Vaisnavate festivals] and Sreerama Navami is the 2nd major festival in this temple.
A Dargah within the precincts of the temple stands as an ample evidence for religious tolerance.
Bhavishyothara Purana mentions that the Sun-God [Surya Bhagavan] recovered from disability by praying at the shrine here and so this shrine is termed “Bhaskara Kshethram”. And, Indra- the King of Astadikpalaka by devoutly worshipping Lord Sri Raja Rajeshwara-the presiding deity of the shrine, purified himself from Brahmahatya Dosham.
Further, It is said that during 750 to 973 AD this temple was built by Raja Narendra-the grandson of Parikshit who in turn the grandson of Arjuna, was not only cured of Leprosy by which he was afflicted by virtue of killing Muniputra accidentally, by taking bath in Dharmagundam [Pushkarni] but also seen Lord Sri Raja Rajeshwara and Goddess Sri Raja Rajehwari Devi in a vision and received blessings with directions to build a temple and install ‘ Siva Lingam’ which was laying in the bed of the Pushkarni.
Historical Importance: Historically this place was the capital of the Vemulawada Chalukyas who ruled from AD 750 to AD 973. Rock cut inscriptions found in this place, however refer to the village as Lemulavatika.
Literary and Traditional Importance: Tradition associate with this place with famous Telugu poet “Bheemakavi” but there is more definite proof of the famous Kannada poet “Pampa” living here as the court poet of Arikesari – II and dedicated his “Kannada Bharatha” to his royal patronage.
Inside Temples in Complex:
The Temple picturesquely stands on the bank of a large Tank which is called as Gudicheruvu. The Garbha – Griha [Mahamandapam] has “Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi”; Lord Raja Rajeshwara in the form of Neelalohitha Siva Linga ; Goddess Sri Raja Rajeshwari Devi and Nandeeshwara facing the Lord. The sanctum sanatorium encloses Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple; Sri Seetharama Chandra Swamy Temple; Sri Anjaneya Sahitha Kasi Visweswara Swamy
Temple; Sri Dakshina Murthy Temple; Sreeevalli Devasena Sametha Subramanya Swamy Temple; Sri Bala Tripura Sundari Devi Temple; Sri Someshwaralayam; Sri Uma Maheshwaralayam; Sri Mahisasura Mardhani Temple; Kotilingalu; Sri Kala Bhairava Swamy Temple.
In this shrine, Pujas / Rituals are performed according to Smartha Agama and however in Vaisnavate temples located in temple complex, Pujas / rituals are performed according to Pancharathra Agama. The icon of Lord Raja Rajeshwara is consecrated with Chatukala Pujas i.e., Prathakala Puja; Madhyahnika Puja; Pradosakala Puja & Nishikala Puja etc., every day along with Goddess Sri Raja Rajeshwari Devi Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi located in Maha Mandapam.
DETAILS OF ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE:
Sl. No. Name of the choultry No. of rooms & rent per day Total rooms
A.C. rooms & rent per day Non-A.C. rooms & rent per day
1] Rajeshwarapuram choultry 04
Rs. 250/- 30
2] Parvathipuram choultry – 78
Rs. 150/- 78
3] Lakshmi Ganapathi complex – 93
Rs. 150/- 93
4] Nandeeshwara complex 32
5] Sivapuram choultry – 47
6] Sankarapuram choultry – 59
7] Sri Ammavari Guest House 8
Rs.600/- – 08
8] Sri Bheemeshwara Guest Hose 1
Rs.1,500/- – 01
TOTAL ROOMS 379
i] Kode Mrokkubadi [worship of Bull – Nandeeshwara] Rs. 50/- – A unique worship and found only in this temple throughout length and breadth of the country and takes precedence over other rituals / Pujas. Devotees offer Kode Mrokkubadi to Lord Raja Rajeshwara for progeny and well being of their family.
ii] Maha Lingarchana – Rs. 750/- worship of Lord Eashwara in the form of 366 No. of Mruthika Linga [prepared with clay] is also a unique one. Devotees perform Maha Lingarchana duly observing fast, which amounts worshipping of Lord Siva throughout the year.
iii] Anna Puja – Rs.100/- & Rs.600/- -worshipping Lord Raja Rajeshwara with boiled rice is also a unique one. Devotees perform Anna Puja to the Lord Sri Raja Rajeshwara with a belief that the Lord Sri Raja Rajeshwara makes them wealthy and keeps them far away from deprivation of food.
Other important Sevas:
1] Abhiseka Puja – Rs.100/- & Rs.600/-
2] Sri Swamy Varla Kalyanam – Rs.750/-
3] Kumkuma Puja – Rs.150/-
4] Pallaki Seva & Pedda Seva – Rs.100/- & Rs.250/- respectively
5] Maha Puja – Rs.100/-
6] Aakula Puja – Rs.600/-
DETAILS OF NITYA POOJA – SEVALU
Mahasivarathri Jathra is a very major and notified festival in this Devasthanam. Lakhs of pilgrims from all corners of the State and from other States also visit this shrine during the Jathra and offer their vows to Lord Raja Rajeshwara. Temple would be opened round the clock during the Jathra. Elaborate arrangements would be made for the convenience of pilgrims under instructions of the District Collector & Chairman of Mahasivarathri Jathra Co-ordination committee and the Govt. Departments in the district would partake in festive arrangements. On Mahasivarathri festival day, Maha Lingarchana & Lingodbhavakala Mahanyasa Purvaka Eakadasa Rudrabhisekam would be performed in a befitting manner in adherence to Vedic Injunction at 6.30 P.M. & midnight respectively. The State Government offers Pattu Vastrams to the Presiding deity on this festival day.
Sreerama Navarathrotsavams – Vaisnavate festival would be performed in this temple. On Navami day, Sri Seetharama Chandra Swamy Varla Kalyanotsavam & Rathotsavam would be performed in a grand manner and Lakhs of devotees visit this temple and witness the celebrations. Elaborate arrangements would be made for the convenience of pilgrims.
Othere Festivals – Other important festivals being celebrated in this Devasthanam are; Sri Siva Kalyanotsavam [5 days – festival]; Sri Hanumath Jayanthi; Sri Ganesha Navarathrotsavams; Sri Devi Navarathrotsavams; Deepavali; Sravana Masotsavam; Kartheeka Masotsavam; Sri Sankara Jayanthi; Sri Geetha Jayanthi; Sri Thyagaraja Aaradhanotsvam [5 days – festival]
How to Reach
a] Bus Route:
From Hyderabad via Siddipet
From Khammam via Warangal & Karimangar
From Kothagudem via Warangal & Karimangar
From Mahabubabad via Warangal & Karimangar
From Asifabad via Karimangar
From Nizamabad via Sircilla
From Kamareddy via Sircilla
From Yadagirigutta via Siddipet
From Warangal via Karimangar
From Narsampet via Karimangar
From Parkal via Karimnagar
From Basar via Nizamabad & Kamareddy
From Manthani via Peddapelly & Karimangar
From Godavarikhani via Peddapelly & Karimangar
b] Train route:
The nearest broad-gauze Railway Station is Warangal – Khajipet and nearest meter-gauze is Kamareddy and the nearest Airport is Hyderabad.
Sri Raja Rajeswara Swamy Vari Devastahanam, Vemulawada is Famous holy shrine in India Attracting thousands of pilgrims from every nook and corner of the country. Though the temple was established in 14th Century, it was improved considerably in both income and pilgrims. Devotees from far and wide will have blessings of Lord Shiva by offering their vows and by participating in religious worship.
The Management is dedicated to the service of pilgrims in order to their comfortable stay for a day or two at the same time getting the institution improved day by day. The results of their task are worth appreciable hither to and the persons those have interest to participate in the services of Devasthanam by offering their valuable donations either in cash or kind are cordially invited get their wishes fulfilled with the grace their wishes fulfilled with the grace of the Lord Shiva.
Thulluru Appa Rao, M.A.,
Executive Officer &
Spl. Grade Deputy Collector
Sri Raja Rajeswara Swamy Devasthanam
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