‘Sree Bhadrakali Sametha Veerabhadra Swamy Temple’ is an ancient Temple located 36 kms. away from our house at Secunderabad. If you are looking forward to a short outing, away from the hustle and bustle of city life or for religious reasons this is certainly a place to visit.
The Temple is located in Bonthapally village in Jinnaram mandal of Medak district. For driving directions you may see the route map I have provided below this article. The Temple is 36 Kms. from Paradise along the route I have indicated.
This Temple of Lord Shiva and Goddess Bhadrakali is a very ancient one and is said to be in existence from times before the Kakatiya Empire. The main Temple is of Lord Veerabhadra Swamy and just behind it to the right is the Temple of Goddess Bhadrakali. You can see these Temples and the area around them in the above photographs. And at the bottom of this article you can see the images of the idols in these two Temples.
According to popular folklore, after King Daksha Prajapati (a hater of Lord Shiva, more so as his daughter Sati / Dakshayani married Lord Shiva) got killed, his followers came to live in the area between River Musi and River Manjira. And here they began to persecute devotees of Shiva. Then Lord Shiva appeared in the form of Lord Veerabhadra Swamy to end this persecution and choose to settle down at the present place of this Temple which was then a dense forest with many Bilva trees considered to be dearest to Lord Shiva. As this place was full of trees and always dark, people felt it was like a black haired caterpillar; called Bontha purugu in Telugu and named this place after the insect as Bonthapally.
Even today; there is a dense forest adjacent to Bonthapally spanning over an area of 40 sq. kms. It is known as Narsapur Reserve Forest and it is the largest forest close to the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
You may click on the following link to see the official website of the Temple: http://www.bonthapallytemple.com/index.php