Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Sri Kaleshwara Muktheeshwara Swamy Temple, Kaleshwaram.

Yesterday we accomplished a very significant and essential pilgrimage to the famous and ancient Sri Kaleshwara Muktheeshwara Swamy Devasthanam in Kaleshwaram. This is our very long pending pilgrimage. Though Kaleshwaram is very close to Hyderabad, it took us so long to make it. Kaleshwaram Temple Town is in Mahdevpur Mandal of Karimnagar District - Telangana State, on the banks and at the confluence of River Godavari and River Pranahita. It is just 260 Kms. from our house in Secunderabad, via Warangal City, that is via National Highway NH163 and NH353. This proves that any pilgrimage is according to God’s will.
This is a Temple of Lord Shiva. According to ancient scriptures and folklore it is said that this Temple was established by Lord Yama also known as Kaleshwara (Lord of Narakam). And since 1140 AD there is recorded history of  several Kings who served as great patrons of this Temple. The most important feature of this Temple is the presence of two Shiva Lingams on a single pedestal as you can see in the above picture. And these Shiva idols are located amidst four pillars, so that pilgrims can view and offer their prayers from all four sides. The one to the left in the above picture is of Lord Shiva (Muktheeshwara) and the other to the right is one established by Lord Yama (Kaleshwara). And the name of the Temple goes by the names of these two idols as Kaleshwara Muktheeshwara Swamy Devasthanam / Gudi / Temple. There is a very unique and interesting feature with Lord Muktheeshwara Lingam – it has two holes on the top, each of about 40 mm in dia. The Abhishekam milk and water of any quantity cannot fill these holes, it is said that it flows freely through an underground passage to the nearby Sangam of River Godavari, River Pranahita and River Sarswathi.  
The Temple is said to have divine powers and the prayers and wishes of deserving devotees are granted.

For more information about the Temple you may see the detailed Video (in Telugu) which I have provided towards the end of this article. 

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6 comments:

  1. Visisted this in childhood and now looks entirely different

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    1. We have visited the Temple for the first time and are very happy with the visit. I hope you have seen the first of the two videos I have provided..it is an aerial view of Kaleshwaram. The Temple has a large boundary now with four entrance gopurams one on each side with the main Temple at the centre. And the Temple is neat and well maintained.
      Yes, as you mentioned; we were told that the Temple was very small few years ago.

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  2. Just discovered your blog. I grew up near Kaleshwaram in Godavarikhani and this reminds me of the trip we took.

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    1. Thank you for your comment.
      I too have a relationship with Godavarikhani, a short one from August ’79 to March ‘81 when I worked as an Asst. Engineer at Singareni 18 MW Power Station. And the relationship with Singareni Collieries and Kothagudem is much longer, about 30 years.
      You may click on the following link to reach several of my photo-articles / blog posts on Kothagudem, Singareni Collieries, nearby Bhadrachalam, Godavari River, Parnashala, Kinnerasani and Papikondalu:
      http://srisrilara.blogspot.in/2013/08/list-and-links-to-my-blog-posts-on.html
      Hope these posts would be of interest to you.

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