Vemulawada

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Vemulawada
town
Sri Raja Rajeshwara Temple in Vemulawada under bright street lights during lunar eclipse
Sri Raja Rajeshwara Temple in Vemulawada under bright street lights during lunar eclipse
Vemulawada is located in Telangana
Vemulawada
Vemulawada
Location in Telangana, India
Coordinates: 18°28′N 78°53′E / 18.467°N 78.883°E / 18.467; 78.883Coordinates: 18°28′N 78°53′E / 18.467°N 78.883°E / 18.467; 78.883
Country India
State Telangana
District Karimnagar
Population (2012)
 • Total 44,875
Languages
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 505302
Lok Sabha constituency Karimnagar
Vidhan Sabha constituency Vemulawada
Website www.vemulawadatemple.org
Vemulavada is an important Jain Heritage site

Vemulawada (or Vemulavada) is a town 35 km from Karimnagar, in the Telangana state, India. It is chiefly notable for the Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Temple complex, a site of pilgrimage for Hinduworshippers (particularly devotees of Vishnu and Shiva) . It is the major pilgrim destination in northern Telangana. The temple god is famous as Rajanna.

The city has a population of more than 60,000. The city serves as a business capital for the neighbouring villages. Being a pilgrimage, the city has visitors from all over India.

The temple is one of the very old and powerful ones devoted to Lord Siva, popularly known as Dakshina Kashi (Benaras of South India). Built by Chalukya kings between AD 750 and 975, the complex is named for its presiding deity Sri Raja Rajeswara Swamy, an incarnation of Shiva. It houses several temples dedicated to other deities including Rama, Lakshmana, Lakshmi, Ganapathy, Lord Padmanabha Swamy and Lord Bhimeshwara. Architectural features include its open galleries (such as the Mirror Gallery Addala Mantapa and a corridor with a number of Shiva idols) and a Dharma Gundam, a holy tank where pilgrims bathe then proceed for darshan and whose water is believed to have curative properties. Every year at the time of Maha Shiva Rathri, more than 500,000 people visit Vemulavada.

During August, Sravana Masa, which is auspicious for Hindus, the temple is crowded and the temple provides accommodation for pilgrims.

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