The Spiritual Sights PDF Print E-mail
Several towns in Karimnagar have been seats of Vedic learning and centres of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage. For the spiritual seeker and the lover of the great outdoors alike, Karimnagar offers a veritable feast :

Vemulawada. Located 38 kms from Karimnagar, the famous temple dedicated to Lord Rajarajeshwara is the foremost Saivite shrine in the state. Built by the Chalukyas (750-975 A.D), the complex houses several temples dedicated to deities like Kodanda Rama Swamy, Lakshmi, Ganapathy, Anantha Padmanabha Swamy and Lord Bhimeshwara. Other interesting
sights here are the ancient galleries, the temple tank, and the Dargah right inside the complex!

Kaleshwaram. 130 kms., from Karimnagar, located in a very picturesque setting, the temple dedicated to Mukteswara and Kaleswara (the Lord of Death) is unique in many ways. In the middle of a thick forest, at the confluence of the river Godavari and its tributary, Pranahita, Kaleswaram offers a truly enriching experience. Other unique features of the place are the existence of two lingams on a single pedestal in the main shrine, a temple dedicated to Brahma, and the fact that this temple marks the northernmost border, as it were, of the Telugu nation according to the Trilinga theory.

Dharmapuri. On the banks of River Godavari, 78 Kms from Karimnagar, is the 13th century temple dedicated to Lord Narasimhaswamy. Other temples in this ancient seat of learning are dedicated to Venkateswara, Ramalingeswara, Dakshinamurthy, Vinayaka & Mahishasuramardhani. The sixty pillared temple, the Mahalakshmi temple and Akkapalle Rajanna temple are also not to be missed.

Manthani. 70 Kms from Karimnagar, on the banks of the river Godavari, this is another ancient centre for Vedic learning. Temples dedicated to Saileswara, Laxminarayana, Omkareswara, and Mahalaxmi are the places to visit here. It is also a centre of Buddhist and Jain pilgrimage.

Dhulikatta. Around 20 kms from Karimnagar lies this amazing jewel from the past whose significance was fully realized only recently. Like Kaleswaram, Dhulikatta is an eloquent reminder of the glory of ancient Telugu country. It finds mention in the records of Megasthenes (3rd century B.C), the Greek traveller of the Mauryan age, as one of the thirty great cities of the Andhras and recent archaelogical excavations confirm it as an ancient Buddhist centre of learning. Among the finds were, apart from a Mahastupa, Roman and Satavahana coins, residences, wells, seals, pottery, brass polished ware, beads, bangles, combs, dice, measures and many other objects indicating a very refined style of life.

Kondagattu. It is around 35 kms., from Karimnagar and the place to visit here is the the temple dedicated to Anjaneya Swamy. Built in a valley surrounded by hills, springs and other natural adornments, the 300 year old temple exudes irresistible charm. Other places to see are the Kondalaraya fort and the Bojjapotana caves.

Raikal. 75Kms from Karimnagar, it boasts of the ancient Kesavanatha Swamy temple built in the 11th century A. D. by the Kakatiyas. Also the temple dedicated to Panchamukhalingeswara Swamy (the deity's only other temple is in Kasi) should not be missed.