Mancherial/Kumram Bheem Asifabad: Residents of Bokkalagutta village in Mandamarri mandal and TRS activists thanked Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, Panchayat Raj Minister E Dayakar Rao and Government Whip Balka Suman for sanctioning Rs 2.10 crore to lay a 3.5 km long road between Bokkalagutta and the historic Gandhari Fort. They along with public representatives, members and leaders of the TRS performed Ksheerabhisekam to portraits of Chandrashekhar Rao, Dayaka Rao and Suman at Bokkalagutta village on Sunday.
Mandamarri Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituency (ZPTC) member Velpula Ravi said that the ancient fort would be able to attract tourists belonging to several parts of Telangana with the advent of the road facility. Bokkalagutta Sarpanch Bolishetti Suvarna expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister and the government whip.
The Gandhari Fort is believed to have been built by a tribal King Meda Raju, who ruled over this region, by taking assistance from Kakitiya rulers in 900 AD. It houses the ancient temple of Maisamma. Similarly, it has idols of Kala Bhairava Swamy, Lord Siva, Lord Ganesh and Hanuman, idols carved out of rocks. The magnificent idols captivate visitors with their aesthetic value.
Besides, the ancient fort’s magnificent architecture, defensive constructions, bathing tanks and sculpture leaves visitors spellbound. Importantly, an eight-foot Naga Seshu idol comprising 10 heads, sculpted using a single rock draws the attention of tourists. Also, it is home to several medicinal plants and herbarium specimens known to heal several diseases. At the foothill of the fort, a picturesque tank, locally known as Meda Cheruvu can be found. It is the major source of irrigation and drinking water for wild animals.
Residents and leaders of TRS perform Ksheerabhisekam to portraits of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, minister Dayakar Rao and Government Whip Balka Suman, at Bokkalagutta village in Mandamarri mandal on Sunday.
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