Combining history, mythology and religion in its temples, Adilabad is one place that takes the pilgrim in you on a trip like never before.
From the popular Gudem Satyanarayana Swamy Temple or the Jainath Temple, the Lord Papahareshwar Swami Temple that has its own gripping tale from mythology, the historic Kalwa Narasimha Swamy and Basara Temples – all make for one memorable trip.
Lord Papahareshwar Swami Temple
This temple, located in Kadile village of Nirmal, has a fascinating story from mythology, which says the great Parasurama surrendered himself to Lord Papahareshwar after offering his mother’s life as sacrifice to get rid of his sins and attain salvation.
This temple looks like most other temples with not much of architectural splendour to write home about. It has a small Gopuram and a Dwajasthambam installed in front of the Sanctum Sanctorum. The Garbha Gudi has a Shiva Lingam.
There is an idol of Nandi in front of Kadile Papahareshwara Temple. According to the legend, the devotees can hear ‘Om Namahshivaya’ if they place an ear against Nandi’s ear. The temple got its name as Kadile Papahareshwar Temple, as it is believed that the idol of lord Papahareshwar slightly swings, hence ‘Kadile’ and the name ‘Papahareshwara’ is because the God is said to wipe off all sins.
It has entrances on three sides, excluding the east. One can see the statues of Shringi and Bhringi on either sides of the entrance on the north. While doing the pradakshanas around the temple, one can see idols of Gajanan, Brahma, Varaha, Uma Maheswari, and Vishnu. On the north-east side of the temple is a temple of Goddess Annapurna.
The temple is easily accessible by road from Nirmal town, located 15 km away and 210 km from Hyderabad. Tourists can avail hotels and dining facilities available in Nirmal town.
Gudem Satyanarayana Swamy Temple
One of the shrines that hold spiritual significance in the erstwhile Adilabad district is the Gudem Satyanarayana Swamy Temple. The pilgrim centre has been deeply etched in the hearts of the thousands of people visiting the Adilabad district.
Located on the banks of the Godavari River that draws a borderline between both Karimnagar and Adilabad districts, the Satyanarayana Swami Temple is about 40 km from Mancherial.
Since its inception, the temple has garnered prominence in Telangana and was known as the ‘Annavaram of Telangana’. It witnesses maximum pilgrim patronage during Karthika Masam which occurs during October – November.
The temple also has a Lord Ayyappa Abhinava Sabarimala shrine built on the lines of the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala.
It is located at 224 km away from Hyderabad and Mancherial is the nearest railway station.
Kalwa Narsimha Swamy Temple
This holy shrine dedicated to the worship of Lord Narasimha Swamy is located in Koneru, about 11 km from Nirmal.
The temple authorities also organise ‘Vana Bhojanam’ as part of their many rituals. On this occasion, the authorities serve the devotees meals beneath the green trees. This is a very popular ritual and many people visiting the temple participate in this ritual. Moreover, the excitement of the people turns this event into a family picnic, with children seen enjoying this ritual to the fullest.
At this temple, one can see the deity seated in a yogic posture. To his side is Goddess Lakshmi. This is a rare form of the lord, as most of the other temples usually house the more furious avatar of Narasimha Swamy.
The Ratham or holy chariot on the temple premises is decorated with different types of colourful flowers on special occasions and it carries the idols of gods and goddesses. The area around the temple is made tourist-friendly.
The temple is 230 km from Hyderabad.
One among the temples from the rural hinterlands of South India that are fast gaining popularity is the Jainath Temple in Jainath, a small rural hamlet 30 km from the district headquarters of Adilabad. The temple boasts of features resembling the Jain style of temple architecture. Its historical significance is gauged from the different verses and inscriptions on rocks.
The small temple is located on a platform which is two-foot high while the Lord’s idol in the sanctum is six-foot tall and is made entirely of black stone.
The Jainath temple is 320 km from Hyderabad and is accessible by road. There are a few eateries near the temple. Visitors can find hotels in Adilabad town.
Sri Gnana Saraswathi Devasthanam (Basara) Temple
This temple, located on the banks of the Godavari River, is an abode of Goddess Saraswathi, Goddess Lakshmi and Kali, considered the Holy Trinity. Basara is an ideal destination for performing Akshara Abhyasam where children perform a ceremonial start before starting formal education.
The puja begins at the temple daily at 4 am while ‘Alankarana’ starts at 5 am. The temple is flocked by devotees throughout the year. Located in Mudhole mandal of Adilabad district, the temple is 205 km from Hyderabad. There are many options for accommodation, including Haritha Hotel, here which offers quality food for tourists.
Lord Papahareshwar Swami Temple 7 am to 7:30 pm
Gudem Satyanarayana Swamy Temple 7 am to 7:30 pm
Kalwa Narsimha Swamy Temple 5 am to 9 pm
Jainath Temple 7 am to 7:30 pm
Basara Temple 4 am to 5:30 pm