Most Hindu temples belong to Shaivite or Vaishnavite traditions. Telangana state is renowned as a home to many glorious temples, with great history, belonging to both traditions. The forest region of Eastern part of Telangana, has its own legacy in terms of temples and unique culture.
Kaleshwaram Temple is one such historic temple, located in a village in Mahadevpur Mandal, Jayshankar-Bhopalpally district of Telangana. Kaleshwaram village is located close to Telangana’s border with Maharashtra. The prominence of this location is due to the confluence of River Godavari and its tributary Pranahita. It is an eminent and ancient temple, which is thronged by devotees every day, as they believe that this shrine has great divine powers.
The presiding deity isSri Kaleshwara Mukteshwara Swamy Varu. Kaleshwaram is one among the three ancient shiva temples mentioned in TrilingaDesham i.e. Land of Three Lingams, an ancient reference used for the Telugu speaking regions. The other two temples are Draksharamam and Srisailam of AP. Kaleshwaram is also called Dakshina Triveni Sangamam, since two rivers meet here with a third one, the mystic Antarvaahini.
According to local legend, it is said that in ancient times, people have performed an abhisheka in worship of Kaleshwara Mukteshwara with numerousmilk pots and the milk flowed into the sangamam of Godavari and Pranahita. In puranas, it is said that the temple was established by Lord Yama (Lord of Death) and hence it was named Mukteshwara. At the same place, lord Shiva is believed to have appeared in the form of lingaand it was named as Kaleshwara. The temple was developed extensively during the period of Kakatiya rulers and hence it is also considered a great shrine of historic and archeological significance.
The highlight of this temple is that when devotees offer Abhishekam to the presiding deities, the water flows through a secret hole in the linga in the form of River Saraswathi (Antarvaahini)into Pranahita, which finally flowsinto River Godavari. It is a matter of pride for the region that there is no other temple in the world of this kind. The place is also referred to as Dakshina Kashi, as many people come here to immerse the ashes of departed ones at the Triveni Sangamam.
The unique significance of Kaleshwara Mukteshwara Swamy Temple is the presence of two Shiva Lingason a single pedestal, for Lord Shiva and Lord Yama. Hence it is collectively known as Kaleshwara Mukteshwara Swamy. The presence of Yama and Lord Shiva in the form of two lingas is called pranabattam (One Pitham).Another special attraction of this temple is the interesting sculpture of the fish idol. There are many other interesting facts related to this temple and it is one of the reasons why many arrive at this destination to understand its history, whilst seeking the grace of the god by offering prayers and other religious offerings.
The temple witnesses’ regular pilgrim rush all over the year while there is higher influx of pilgrims during auspicious Hindu festivals and other occasions. More visitors arrive during the Karthika Month of Hindu calendar and Maha Shivaratri.
How to Reach
Kaleshwaram is located at a distance of nearly 275kilometers from Hyderabad, 125 kilometers from Karimnagar and 115 kilometers from Warangal. There are regular buses to this renowned divine destination, from other towns and cities in Telangana. The nearest railway station to Kaleshwaram is Ramagundam, located about 100 km away.
Where to Stay
There are few budget hotels here that serve quality food. Tourists can avail of hotels in Karimnagar and Manthani towns for accommodation.