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Ancient Venkateshwara Temple of Kuchanapalli

The state of Telangana, occupies a pride of place in the chapters of history as the region has witnessed the rule of several dynasties that have left an everlasting impact on its culture and traditions. The region is home to several Vaishnavite and Shaivite temples, which reflects the patronage accorded by rulers of yesteryears to Hindu gods and mythological beliefs.

Medak district needs no introduction as most of the mandals here boasts of historic temples, of religious and archeological significance. There are other renowned temples spread around in the region such as EdupayalaVana Durga Bhavani Temple, WargalSaraswathi Temple, Sri KetakiSangameswaraSwamy Temple, SaptaPrakaryutaBhavani Temple, Jogipet Joginatha Temple etc., which are of great historical significance.

“Kuchadri”

One such temple is that of Kuchadri Venkateshwara Swamy temple. It is an ancient Hindu temple located in Kuchanapalli village of Medak district in Telangana State. It is an abode of Sri. Venkateshwara Swamy, and considered a holy divine destination by worshippers and visitors.

It is located on the western outskirts of the Kuchanapalli village, on a hillock. It is locally called as “Kuchadri”. One of the highlights of this temple is that the visitors need to slightly crawl, between two massive rocks to reach the sanctum sanctorum where priests perform daily rituals. Lord Venkateshwara (Srinivas) is the presiding deity, along with his consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi.

Archaeological Significance

The historic temple offers a lot of scope to understand the rich architecture of the temples in Medak region in terms of their historical context and their prominence. The Kuchadri Venkateshwara Swamy temple is located on a hillock, and towards the North East side of the hillock, there is a sacred tank (Koneru) which is square on plan with steps in eastern and southern directions. The Koneru consists of water all through the year and the devotees believe there are many springs that release fresh water into this sacred tank.

Apart from this, visitors are enchanted by the presence of two four-pillared mandapams. These are seen on the southern and northern side of this sacred tank on this picturesque hillock. The ruins of this temple in Medak district is of archaeological importance andrepresents the various methods used in the construction of religious structures, centuries ago.  Although there are no proper records of the temple, based on iconographical features of loose sculptures and pillared mandapams, it is dated back to 10th – 11th Century A.D.

Pilgrims and devotees of the Lord throng the temple during auspicious occasions and Hindu festivals. Annual utsavams are performed in Vaishaka Masam of Hindu calendar.

How to reach

Kuchanapalli is located nearly 5 km from the district headquarters of Medak and is well accessible by road transport.

 

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