Karimnagar Travel Guide

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masjid on elgandal fort

masjid on elgandal fort

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The name Karimnagar is derived from Syed Karimuddin, a Quiladar. It is known for Vedic learning from ancient times. Karimnagar is located at a distance of 165 Km from Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. It is rich in Natural Resources. The river Godavari adds to the beauty of this place. Many large scale companies like NTPC, Kesoram Cements, Ramagundam-singareni collieries etc. are located in and around Karimnagar. Holy places like Vemulawada, Dharmapuri, Kaleshwaram, KondaGattu etc. are present in Karimnagar district. The locals specialise in Silver Filigree, a delicate form of metal work. Shivaram wildlife sanctuary is located at 80km from here. It harbours Marsh Crocodiles of river Godavari, Panthers, Sloth Bears, Black Buck, Cheetal, Python and Langoor. It is a 137sq. km riverine forest mixed with teak and terminalia.

Kaleshwaram Travel Information

This pictureque spot, surrounded by thick forests is located 130 Kms from Karimnagar, 32 Kms from Manthani and lies on the confluence of the River Pranahitha and the River Godavari.

The ancient temple dedicated to Mukteshwara swamy is of special significance as two Shivalinga's are found on a single pedestal. Besides several temples situated here the one dedicated to Brahma is rather uncommon.

Vemulawada - Rajarajeshawara Temple

Located 38 kms from Karimnagar, at Vemulawada is the famous temple dedicated to Lord Rajarajeshwara swamy which draws pilgrims from far. Built by Chaluka Kings between the 750 A.D. & 975 A.D., the complex houses several temples dedicated to deities like Sri Rama, Lakshmana,Raja Rajeshwari Devi, Ganapathy,Nagareshwara Swamy,Pochamma,Ayyappa,Sai Baba and Lord Padmanabha Swamy. Another interesting temple is dedicated to Lord Bhimeshwara.

There are a number of open galleries in the complex that are worth seeing; especially the Mirror gallery (Addala Mantapa) and a corridor with a number of Shiva idols that is Koti Lingalu. The tank at the temple, called Dhrama Gundam, by itself is a place of tourist interest since its believed that the water has curative properties. Pilgrims first bathe in this tank & then proceed for darshan.Inside the temple one Kashivishwanatha Swamy temple located.In that Temple one Lady statue is placed with rock,on her head one hole is their if we pour water in that hole that water comes through her hands and those water pour on shiva their located this is also one special.

Interestingly there is a Muslim Dargah inside the temple complex where all devotees irrespective of caste or creed offer prayers.

Kondagattu - Lord Anjaneya Temple

About 35Kms from Karimnagar is this breathtaking temple of Lord Anjaneya Swamy. Situated amidst hills, valleys & water springs Kondagattu is blessed by nature and very scenic. According to the folklore, the temple was constructed by a cowherd some 300 years ago. The present day temple has been built 160 years ago by Krishna Rao Deshmukh. It is believed that if a women offers puja for 40 days at this temple then she will be blessed with a child.

Apart from the temple, the fort of Kondalaraya & Bojjapotana caves are worth seeing at Kondagattu.

Yagna Varaha swamy temple

This is a very famous temple in the district of Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh, India. The presiding diety of this kshetram is Lord Yagna Varaha swamy (third incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu). There are very few temples in India dedicated to Varaha swamy and this is one such rare temple. The other famous Varaha swamy temples are located in Tirumala, Simhachalam, Sri Mushnam.

There are other sannidhis in the temple namely Ratna Garbha Ganapathi,Sri Rama Sathya Narayana swamy, Anantha Nagendra, Navagrahas, Vaagvaadini Maha Saraswathi, Vasudha Lakshmi (Bhudevi), Vara Durga and Anjaneya swamy.

The temple is maintained by Sarvavaidika Samsthanam (SVS). Sarvavaidika Samsthanam conducted many Yagnas and krathus in this kshetram namely Rakshognesti, Srimath Ramayana Mahakrathuvu, Ashotara kundaathmaka Maha Lakshmi Yagam, Koti Kumkumarchana to name a few. The temple was consecrated in the year 1986 and recently celebrated its Mahasamprokshana (Maha Kumbhabhishekam) in the year 2009. The temple conducts many rituals round the year like Brahmotsavam, Pavitrotsavam, Varaha Jayanthi, Vara Lakshmi vratham, Sathya Narayana Vrathams, Ganesh Navaratri, Devi Navaratri etc in a grand manner. The rituals are done as per Vaikhanasa Agama. Please visit www.svskarimnagar.org for regular updates on temple activities. Do visit the temple and seek the choicest blessings of Lord Varaha swamy. To know more about temple please contact temple Incharge   at svskarimnagar@gmail.com

Elgandal - Khilla & Dho Minar

Located 15 Kms from Karimnagar town, Elgandal was the the District capital under sthe Nizams (till abt 1948). 

The Elgandal Khilla is is about 25 sq. Km. and at a height apporximately equal to Hyderabad Golkonda Killa. The has facilities like Raja Mandir, Fight room, Store Room, many Phirangi places, Well, Bathing room as well as LaxmiNarasimha temple.

DoMinar built by by Muslim kings (Nizams), has two tall pilars and the hight of the pillars is approximately equal to that of Hyderabad Charminar.



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