Vedas has been held as the source of inspiration for Indian culture. They can be rightly called the treasure-trove of Hindu religion, tradition and culture. Karimnagar in Telangana has been a key centre for Vedic learning since ancient times. The criss-crossing of Godavari river adds to the charm of this place. It is also an abode for many ancient temples which draws devotees from far and wide. Let's step into this ancient centre of Vedic learning and see these famous forts and Temples In Telangana.
Lord Raja Rajeshwara Temple
Located at a distance of 40 km from Karimnagar, Vemulawada is famous for the Lord Raja Rajeshwara Swamy temple which draws pilgrims from far and wide. Built between 750 A.D. and 973 A.D. by Chalukya Kings, the complex houses several temples dedicated to deities like Sri Rama, Lakshmana , Goddess Lakshmi, Ganapathy ,Lord Padmanabha Swamy and Lord Bhimeshwara.
The Addala Mantapa, a mirror gallery and a corridor with a number of Shiva idols are fascinating to see. The water in the temple tank is believed to have curative properties. Interestingly, there is a Muslim dargah inside the temple complex where all devotees irrespective of cast and creed offer prayers.
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This picturesque spot is located at the confluence of the river Godavari and it's Pranahita tributary. Located at a distance 130 km from Karimnagar, the place is surrounded by thick forests. The temple dedicated to Mukteshwara Swamy is of unusual significance as two Shivalingas are found on a single pedestal.
Dharmapuri, the 15th century temple town, is located on the banks of Godavari, 78 km away from Karimnagar. The Godavari river adds to the scenic splendour of this area. In the ancient times, it was a centre for learning languages, literature, dance and music. There are many shrines in the town among which the prominent are 13th century Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple and Sri Ramalingeshwara Swamy temple where Shiva and Vishnu temples exist adjacent to each other.
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Located at a distance of 8km from Karimnagar, Nagnoor Fort's ramparts were once alive with the sounds of a bustling town and people of the Kakatiya dynasty. It contains the ruins of a cluster of Kalyana and Kakatiya temples. The pillars and galleries of the Shiva temple here are exquisite. The beams and panels of the temple are highly decorated.
Amidst the towering hills, bottomless valleys and springs lies the breathtaking temple of Lord Anjaneya Swamy. Situated about 35 km from Karimnagar, this is one of the most important temple in the Karimnagar district.
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Elgandal fort is situated at a distance of 18 km from Karimnagar amidst palm groves on the banks of the Manair river. It is a hillfort built during the Kakatiya dynasty. A mosque in the fort, built by Zafar-ud-dowla in 1754 A.D. has minarets which oscillate when shaken. Tombs of several Muslim saints exist here.
Step in to this ancient centre of Vedic learning and get a glimpse of these majestic temples and monuments. It would be a trip which will illuminate you!