If you’ve been planning for a spiritual sojourn near Hyderabad, the best place to consider is Medak, already a busy pilgrimage destination, which can be easily reached – and all it takes is a short drive.
Edupayala Vana Durga Bhavani Temple
Around 20 km from the Medak bus station is the Edupayala Vana Durga Bhavani temple dedicated to Goddess Kanakadurga. It is a highly revered shrine of goddess Durga Bhavani in Telangana. Edupayala is also known for its several natural stone formations. On the day of Sivaratri and Magha Amavaasya, the locals celebrate a jatara.
By road, it takes less than two hours from Hyderabad to reach this place. The way is full of forests and beautiful green fields. The temple is located in the Pedda Gutta Soramgam, which is also called Garuda Ganga and is situated near the Manjeera River too. One must visit this place during the rainy season when the forests and lush green fields make this place more beautiful.
Located about 100 km from Hyderabad, the temple is well-accessible by road, and has a few options available for accommodation. There are a few eateries available here while Medak town is the right destination for quality food.
The Joginatha Temple at Jogipet is located at a distance of about 38 km from Medak and is dedicated to Joginatha. The most attractive feature of this holy shrine is that both Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi stand side by side in the form of Shivalingams without the Panivattam (pedestal).
The Joginatha festival is celebrated on a grand scale here for 11 days during March and April. Thousands of devotees from across the State throng the temple at this time.
Located at a distance of approximately 95 km, Joginatha Temple can be easily accessed by road. Tourists can choose hotels for quality food in Medak town and stay here.
The Church of South India Cathedral in Medak is one of the largest churches in India. The principal tower is 175-foot high and the church can accommodate 5,000 individuals at any given moment.
The huge windows adorning the high walls of the church are done with stained glass. They provide a spectacular view during daytime. No artificial light can recreate this magical scene. This is also the most fascinating feature that attracts scores of people to the church.
For people who cannot read, the church serves as a picture book on the holy Bible. A window portrays the birth scene of Jesus, holy messengers, Prophet or Isaiah, Mary and stargazers. The left half of the church bears the painted crucifixion scene and in the middle, the rising of Jesus is painted.
The window to the north of the church offers a canopy to the altar. This view is also very fascinating.
Medak Church is located in Medak town, nearly 100 km away from Hyderabad and is accessible by road. There are good hotels available in Medak for dining. Medak town has also good options for accommodation.
Koti Lingeshwara Temple
Also known as Umaparthiva Koti Lingeshwara Swamy Kshethram, Koti Lingeshwara Temple in Siddipet town is one of the famous shrines in the State. This holy shrine is located in Siddipet at a distance of 45 km from Medak.
Near the temple is a small check-dam, which serves as a very beautiful picnic spot for people and pilgrims visiting this temple. The dam authorities offer boating facilities. This temple was built in the late 1970s and there is an independent Vedic school running on the premises. The temple got its name Koti Lingeswara due to the presence of 10 million Shivalingas in the temple.
This temple is located at a distance of around 100 km from Hyderabad and is well-accessible by road. There are facilities available for food at Siddipet town, located two kilometres away. There are facilities available for accommodation at Siddipet and Medak towns.
Sapta Prakarayuta Bhavani Temple
The Telangana region boasts of many ancient and popular temples. One such temple is the 800-year-old Sapta Prakarayuta Bhavani Temple at Ismailkhanpet, Medak. The temple was renovated by Swamy Madanaananda Saraswathi, the spiritual head of Basava Kalyana Peetham based in Karnataka. The temple comes under the control of Sringeri Jagadguru Mahasansthan, Dakshinamnaya Sarada Peetham.
One cannot view the temple from outside as it is surrounded completely by the fort but it is easy to spot the gopuram from outside. The temple’s speciality is that the deity is made of a single stone and is said to be the second biggest idol of Goddess Durga in the world.
The temple is 70 km from Hyderabad and there are a few eateries available here, while Medak town is the right option for accommodation.
Vana Durga Bhavani Temple 5 am to 6:30 pm
Joginatha Temple 6:30 am to 7 pm
Medak Church 9 am to 5 pm
Koti Lingeshwara Temple 6 am to 8 pm
Sapta Prakarayuta Bhavani Temple 7 am to 8:30 pm