Pilgrimage destinations seldom get better. Khammam, or rather the erstwhile district of Khammam, has all that a quick pilgrimage plan requires.
Be it the famous Sree Seetha Ramachandra Swamy shrine and Abhaya Anjaneya Swamy Temple in Bhadrachalam or the historic Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple in Jamalapuram, or the ancient Siva temples, Ganapeshwaralayam and Mukkanteswaralayam in Kusumanchi and Narasimha Swamy Temple, Khammam brings you spiritual happiness and a glimpse into some outstanding architecture from the bygone era, both in one go.
Sree Seetha Ramachandra Swamy shrine
This shrine in Bhadrachalam, the one of the most famous temples in the country, is dedicated to Lord Rama and is situated on the banks of the Godavari River. It has a very rich and unique historical background.
Located approximately 320 km from Bhadrachalam, it is a key town of pilgrimage importance and shares its historical significance with the era of the Ramayana.
While visiting Bhadrachalam, you could also go to Parnashala which is 35 km away from the town and is believed to be where Lord Rama constructed a hermitage and lived in exile with Sita and Lakshmana.
Kothagudem is the nearest railway station and buses regularly ply to this temple town from Hyderabad. If you wish to travel by train, you can catch the Manuguru Express at 11:45 pm from Secunderabad on any day of the week and can reach the destination by morning.
Telangana Tourism organises package tours to Bhadrachalam from Hyderabad, details of which are available on 08743-232428.
Abhaya Anjaneya Swamy Temple
About two kilometres from the Sree Seetha Ramachandra Swamy temple is the Abhaya Anjaneya Temple, known for its ancient culture, which, as the name suggests, is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The popular features of this temple include unique sculptures of various gods and goddesses.
The huge structure of Lord Hanuman is well-maintained and is the centre of attraction during festivities, religious fervour and there is a heavy rush on Tuesdays. The sculptures here are crafted in cement but appear as if made of wood.
Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple
The shrine located in Jamalapuram, which is 79 km from Khammam and around 250 km from Hyderabad, is famous with the presiding deity in this temple being Lord Balaji.
The temple also boasts of sub-shrines for Padmavathi Ammavaru, Sri Alamelu Ammavaru, Lord Siva, Lord Ganesh, Lord Ayyappa, and Lord Anjaneya. The temple’s location amidst pleasant weather surrounded by lush green hills is an added attraction.
Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple is also called Khammam Chinna Tirupati. An ancient temple in a pleasant environment is one factor that has made the temple popular with tourists. The temple witnesses a heavy rush of pilgrims during auspicious occasions and festivals.
There are buses available from the district headquarters of Khammam to Jamalapuram while there are only a few hotels located close to the temple.
Dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries, Sri Ganapeshwaralayam and Mukkanteswaralayam, the two Siva temples built by the Kakatiya rulers in Kusumanchi stand as testimony to the architectural skills of the Kakatiya kings.
The shrines, which have a striking resemblance to the famous Ghanpur and Ramappa temples of the Kakatiya period in the Warangal district, attract devotees during the Sivaratri festival. Devotees throng the temple during Sravana masam and other auspicious occasions, especially during the Sivaratri jatara.
Kusumanchi is situated on the Khammam-Suryapet road and is 174 km from Hyderabad. Khammam is the nearest railway station. There are a few hotels near the temple and tourists can have quality food at Khammam. For details, call 08743-232428.
Sthambadri Sri Lakshmi Narashima Swamy Temple
This ancient temple situated on Sthambadri Gutta is called as Sthambadri Gutta Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple and is dedicated to Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. The temple attracts scores of pilgrims from all over the State.
It is located in Garlavoddu village, 45 km from the Khammam district headquarters and the nearest town is Kothagudem Town.
The Khammam railway station is around 2 km from the temple. There are many autos and taxis are available from the station and bus stand to reach the temple.
Seetha Ramachandra Swamy — 4:30 am to 1 pm & 3 pm to 9 pm
Abhaya Anjaneya Swamy — 6 am to 7:30 pm
Jammalapuram — 5 am to 1 pm & 4 pm to 9 pm
Sivalayams in Kusumanchi — 9 am to 5:45 pm
Lakshmi Narashima Swamy — 5 am to 7:30 pm