The Wonders of Telangana
Karimnagar is a city and Municipal Corporation of Telangana state located on the banks of the River Manair, a tributary of the Godavari River. Karimnagar is located 165km from the state capital of Hyderabad. The city derives its name from Syed Karimuddin, believed to be one of its founders. It served as an important center for Satavahana dynasty. The district has rich coal deposits in the Godavari valley and borders Maharashtra state.
Vemulawada is a temple town located 35km from Karimnagar, in famous for its Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Temple complex for devotees of Lord Shiva. Dharmapuri is shrine dedicated to Lord Narasimha Swamy, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Kondagattu situated a distance of 95km from the district headquarters, is dedicated to Lord Anjaneya Swamy.
It is highly popular temple. Kaleshwaramis the site of the famous Shiva temple, Kaleswara Muktheswara Swamy and is considered unique due to the presence of two Shiva Lingas on a single pedestal, one for Lord Shiva and the other for Lord Yama.
The district is also home to many heritage destinations such as Nagunur Fort, Dhulikatta, Elgandal fort, Molanguru Fort, Ramagiri Killa etc.
The name Khammam has been derived from the name of a local hill by the name Stambhadri that is home to an ancient temple of Narasimha Swamy and also believed to have been in existence since Treta Yuga. The name of the town, Stambhadri, later reportedly became Kambhadri, Kambham mettu, and finally, Khammam, which is now the district headquarters. The town is located close to the river Munneru a tributary of the Krishna River. Khammam district is of immense historical importance in Telangana.
The district shares boundaries with the states of AP and Chattisgarh. Khammam Fort, that was constructed in 950 AD by the Kakatiya rulers stands majestically atop a hill, overlooking the town of Khammam town. Khammam Fort represents a union of both Hindu and Muslim architectural influences. It also recently celebrated 1000 years of its construction. Khammam district is rich in coal deposits and forest reserves. There are many places of interests in Khammam such as Nelakondapalli, Bhadrachalam, Kusumanchi etc.
Medak is a town located in the Medak District of the state, situated at a distance of 104km north of Hyderabad. The original name of Medak was Siddapuram, which was later called Gulshanabad, and now Medak. Locals in Medak celebrate various festivals of Telangana, notably the festival of Bathukamma, a 9-day long worship of patron goddess of womanhood, Maha Gauri . The goddess is worshipped in the form of the Bathukamma. Other notable festivals celebrated in Medak include Bonalu and Peerla Panduga, celebrated by both Hindus and Muslims.
There are many historical temples in Medak, which attract tourists such as Shri Saraswathi Kshetramu, near Ananthasagar, a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi. Edupayala Durga Bhavani Gudi, located in Telangana close to the states of Karnataka and Maharashtra, is a shrine dedicated to goddess Durga Bhavani that has unique natural stone formations.
Methukudurgam fortress or Medak fort depicts the city’s prosperous times during the reign of the Kakatiya dynasty built during the reign of Kakatiya emperor Pratapa Rudra. Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary is a forest and wildlife sanctuary named after the nearby Pocharam Lake.
Nalgonda District is located in the Telangana state of India.
Nalgonda was earlier called Neelagiri by Rajput rulers and the name was finally changed to Nallagonda after its conquest by Bahamani king.
There are many places of tourist attractions. Yadagiri Gutta, a revered pilgrimage in Nalgonda is situated near Bhuvanagiri Town. It is located close to the capital city of Hyderabad. The temple draws huge crowds during festivals and weekends and is an abode of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swany.
The district shares Nagarjunasagar dam along with AP. The largest masonry dam in the world, it consists of 26 gates and a Hydro electric plant. The tourism department of Telangana offers excellent boating facilities in the backwaters of Nagarjunasagar dam. Bhuvanagiri Fort built by Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya gives a bird’s eye view of a vast area. PillalaMarri is one of the oldest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is considered 1000 years old. It is also the birthplace of the famous Telugu poet Pillamarri Pina Virabhadrudu.