There are many temples and monuments of archaeological importance, which are also quite popular for its religious significance, from hundreds of years. Telangana region, is home to many such shrines, which are visited regularly by pilgrims from all over. One such Hindu popular Hindu temple is that of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, situated in Dharmapuri village of Jagityal district.
Dharmapuri village is situated on the banks of the river Godavari. The name of the village Dharmapuri is mentioned in the Kurkiyala inscription of Jinavallabha dating back to 945 CE as Dharmavura or Dharmapuramu. The village has many ancient temples dotting its landscape. The most important temple in Dharmapuri is Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple.
The old Narsimhaswamy temple which is quite popular, consists of a garbhalaya and 48 pillared mandapa. The idol of Lord Narsimha swamy in the yoga form is housed in the garbhalaya for worship.
There is a highly polished four pillared kalyana mandapa of Kakatiya period in front of this temple. Typical Kakatiya Sculptures such as Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, dancing Siva etc. depicting several stories from epics are carved on the pillars in typical Kakatiya style.
Dharmapuri is also known as “Dakshina Kasi”. It is also called as ‘Teertharajamu’. Dharmapuri Village was ruled by King Dharma Varma. The Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple of Dharmapuri consists of many sculptures of gods and goddesses. The important ones are the eight idols of Hanuman and the 6-feet tall idol of Lord Brahma. There are other idols worth mentioning like the idol of Lord Yama as well as the idols of Lord Krishna and Balarama. The temple offers a lot of scope to understand the rich heritage legacy of the region.
How to Reach
The driving distance via road from Hyderabad to Dharmapuri through Siddipet and Jagityal is 224 km’s. The distance from Karimnagar to Dharmapuri is about 68 km’s.