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Heritage Legacy of Bejjanki

The state of Telangana is dotted by many temples and monuments, which is a rich contribution of many dynasties. Particularly, the legacy of Kakatiyas and Kalyani Chalukyas is evident in the numerous temples which have been built in many districts of Telangana state.

Bejjenki is situated at a distance of about 35 km from Siddipet. Although no inscription is traceable locally, the village was once known as Bejavanke in the inscriptions of Sanigaram, a nearby village, which was an important centre of political and religious activity during the period of the Western Chalukyas of Kalyani.

The Narasimhaswamy temple is situated on the top of the hill. The temple faces south. It consists of garbhagriha, antarala and mandapa with porches on south, east and west. Originally, the sanctum sanctorum is a cave, converted into the present form of garbhagriha. As the temple stands on a hill, the garbhagriha does not contain any adhistana and the walls rise directly from the surface of the rock.

The central four pillars are exquisitely carved. The stories of Bhagavata, Bharata and other puranic episodes are carved on the pillars. As both Chalukya and Kakatiya styles are apparent in this temple, this temple may be assigned to mid-12th Century A.D. The shrine is quite popular for its historic legacy with impressive sculptures and other attractions. The Vaishnava shrine is a matter of pride for Bejjanki.

How to Reach

Bejjanki is situated at a distance of 35 km from Siddipet and is well accessible by bus transport.


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