Tired of residing amid skyscrapers and concrete jungle? Then, plan your weekend and drive down to erstwhile Mahbubnagar which could give you some relief, especially on the spiritual level, as the district houses some of the most popular shrines.
From majestic Jogulamba temple in Alampur, historic Lalitha Someshwara temple and marvellous Sri Lakshmi Venkateshwara Swamy temple to Beechupally Anjaneya Swamy Temple, Sri Ranganayaka Swamy Temple, Jammulamma Temple and Sri Kurumurthy Srinivas Swamy Temple, the trip can take you on a divine drive.
Located around 220 km from Hyderabad, the Jogulamba Temple is one of the prominent temples in the State and, in fact, Goddess Jogulamba is considered the 5th Shakti Peetham among 18 Shakti Peethams in the country. This popular temple, which stands as a testimony to Chalukya art and culture, is easily accessible via the Hyderabad-Bengaluru highway with the Alampur Road railway station also being nearby at just a distance of nine kilometres.
Tourists visiting the powerful Shakti Peetham of Alampur can purchase many puja-related items and a range of divine literature from here, apart from handicrafts made of river shells, utility items made from local stone carvings and small sculptures.
Nearby is the Navabrahma temples, a group of nine temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. The facades of the shrines have carvings that bear testimony to the skill and creativity during the Chalukyan era. The Papanasham temple complex, which has temples architecturally similar though they vary in size and shape, is also nearby.
Lalitha Someswara Swamy temple
At a distance of 186 km from Hyderabad, Sri Lalitha Someswara Swamy Temple in Somasila village is a highly revered shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva built during the 7th century. Somasila is a well-known tourist attraction of Mahabubnagar and has several smaller temples enshrined with several Shivalingas.
The temple authority organises bhajans during the Sivaratri festival for five days and also during the Ekadasi and Karthika Masam for 30 days. The authority also organises bhajans every Monday depending on the interest of pilgrims.
There is no accommodation facility at the destination but pilgrims can stay at Kollapur which is only 9 km away. Boating facilities are also available from Somasila in the backwaters of Srisailam Dam.
Sri Lakshmi Venkateshwara Swamy Temple
Known as Palamuru Tirupati, the Sri Lakshmi Venkateshwara Swamy Temple in Manyamkonda is considered one of the most important spiritual centres in Mahabubnagar. Here, pilgrims can have a glimpse of the ancient caves where the sages were believed to have practised penance.
This temple is located on the top of three hills. Spellbinding architecture is its highlight while a ‘Jatara’ is celebrated during February-March every year on the day of Maha Purnima.
It is located nearly 22 km from Mahabubnagar town and is accessible by road with the nearest railway station being Devarkadra Junction. The hill has a guest house which can be booked upon reaching the temple. There are many hotels in the town as well.
Beechupally Anjaneya Swamy Temple
This famous Lord Hanuman Temple on the banks of Krishna River is a 200-year-old temple in Beechupally village of Itikyal Mandal, located 165 km from Hyderabad. The main festival celebrated at this temple is Hanuman Jayanti in April and many devotees visit this temple on Tuesdays and Sundays.
Pilgrims take a holy dip at the sacred Krishna River before going for the darshan of Lord Hanuman. Since the temple is located on National Highway 44, visitors can easily reach this temple by road and rail networks from all major cities while the nearest railway station is present at Itikyala.
Sri Ranganayaka Swamy Temple
Located at Srirangapuram village in Pebbair mandal of Mahabubnagar district, about 160 km from Hyderabad, the temple is an architectural marvel with huge gopurams and mandapams making the shrine more alluring.
Surrounded by lush greens and beautiful water flowing behind the temple, the classical Vijayanagara architecture is reflected in the construction of this temple. Visitors can reach the Sri Ranganayaka Swamy Temple by road from Pebbair, Kollapur or from Wanaparthy while Gadwal is the nearby railway station.
The Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation (TSTDC) is providing Hyderabad – Srisailam – Somasila package which covers Somasila temple and many other places. For visiting any tourist spot, the department will arrange customised tours. Those interested can contact 9705597706 or email at email@example.com.
Jogulamba – 7 am to 8:30 pm
Someswara Swamy – 5 am to 8 pm
Lakshmi Venkateshwara Swamy – 6 am to 8:30 pm
Beechupally Anjaneya Swamy – 7 am to 8:30 pm
Sri Ranganayaka Swamy – 6 am to 1 pm & 4 pm to 8 pm