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sculputes Bheemeswra temple at vemulawada

sculputes Bheemeswra temple at vemulawada

N.srinivas, Rearch scholar, Osmanu univeristy, dept of AIHC& archaeology, Ph:9246355223

MAHESH POTHURI Vemulawada, located 150 km from Hyderabad and 36 km from Karimnagar is known for Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Temple. It is one of the very few temples devoted to Lord Siva.

Popularly known as Dakshana Kashi (Benaras of South India) the temple attracts lakhs of devotees from all over the country. The Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Temple is a fine example of communal harmony where both Hindus and Muslims offer obeisance to Lord Siva and Allah.

The temple at Vemulawada is next only to Tirupati in terms of its revenues. The temple contributes Rs. 8 lakhs anually to the gram Panchayat for developmental activities in the pilgrim town. Special arrangements are made for the pilgrims during the festival. Several cultural and social activities are also organised by the authorities.

Free boarding and lodging is provided to the students. Besides, the temple also offers donations for other small temples. On the Sivaratri day, a record three to four lakh pilgrims throng the sacred temple at Vemulawada. Special poojas and darshans are held to mark the festivity. Mahalingarchana is performed by about hundred archakas.

At midnight Ekadasa Rudrabhishekham is performed to the deity. The temple is brightly illuminated in the night, presenting an aesthetic look.
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