Sri Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple is located in Ananthagiri Palle, 5 kilometres from Vikarabad and about 95 kilometres from Hyderabad. It is a very ancient Temple, consecrated by Lord Sri Rama in Treta Yuga! We got the opportunity of visiting this holy place and Temple very recently on Sunday, 27th September 2015.
The Sthala Purana/Aalaya Charithra (History) of the temple is as follows: After Sri Rama killed Ravana the king of Lanka and returned along with Sita Devi to Rameswaram, he was advised by Agastya Maha Muni and other sages to undergo penance for killing Ravana a Brahmin. The Rishis proclaimed that if he installed a Jyotirlingam at Rameswaram he would be absolved of the sin of killing Ravana who is a Brahmin. Lord Rama installed a Jyotirlingam there and it is said that subsequently he did so at few other places. In his quest of installing Shiva Lingas, he came to the dense forests of Ananthagiri and installed a Shiva Lingam at this place now being called as Ananthagiri Palle. For the water required for Abhishekam and Puja of Shiva Lingam he shot an arrow into the ground in an adjoining place and water sprang out from that spot in the form of a balloon. He used the water and worshipped the Shiva Lingam that he installed here. The water continues to flow perennially even today from the mouth of a carved Nandi into the Temple pond called ShivaGanga Pushkarini. Water from here, overflowing the pond is the origin of River Muchukunda or River Musi, of course thereafter supplemented by innumerable streams from the hills. The water of this Pond is considered to have many medicinal benefits. Devotees visiting the Temple are advised to bathe in the Pushkarini to cleanse themselves from sins committed and receive medicinal benefits and miraculous cures from the water and then visit the Temple of Lord Shiva for Divine blessings and fulfillment of wishes.
As the water initially sprang out of this place in the form of a large ball or balloon which means Bugga in Telugu, the Temple got the prefix of Bugga in its name. And since the Temple is consecrated by Sri Rama for Lord Shiva in the form of a Lingam, the Temple is called Sri Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple.