Edupayala Durga Bhavani Gudi is a shrine dedicated to goddess Durga Bhavani and is located in the town of Medak, very close to the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka. The place is best known not only for the shrine of the Goddess Durga, but also for its natural and unique formation of stones. This is also the spot from where the river Manjeera is divides into seven streams that later reunite at a different spot. The Telugu word ‘Edupayalu’ when translated means seven streams.
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According to a legend, King Janamejya, who was the grandson of the great epic figure Arjuna, performed the ‘Sarpayagam’ or the sacrifice of serpents in holy the holy fire to protect his father from a curse. The Sarpyagyam was performed at the place of the temple. It is said that a thick layer of ash was found buried deep in the beds of the Manjeera river when a bridge was to be constructed.
Jatara, a fair is takes place on Shivratri where lakhs of devotees throng even from the neighbouring states of Karnataka and Maharashtra.