Bonthapally Sri Veerabhadra Swamy
Sri Bhadrakali Sametha Veerabhadra Swamy
‘Sree Bhadrakali Sametha Veerabhadra Swamy Temple’ is an ancient Temple located in Bonthapally village in Jinnaram mandal of Medak district. which is 36.7 kms from Secunderabad Jubilee Bus stand.
This Temple of Lord Shiva and Goddess Bhadrakali is a very ancient one and is said to be in existence from times before the Kakatiya Empire. The main Temple is of Lord Veerabhadra Swamy and just behind it to the right is the Temple of Goddess Bhadrakali.
As per the legend, many years ago the village housed only a small temple of Sri Veerabhadra Swamy. One night a shepherd walked past the temple and turned around after hearing something. The shepherd was shocked to see Lord Veerabhadra Swamy, who told him that he did not like the location of the temple and wanted it to be shifted. The God reportedly asked the shepherd to carry him on his shoulder to another location till he gets tired. Then the shepherd carried the lord to Bonthapally. After reaching this village, God reportedly asked the shepherd to go back home without turning back or he would become a statue. However, the shepherd did turn back and became a statue. This statue remains there in the village.
According to popular folklore, after King Daksha Prajapati (a hater of Lord Shiva, more so as his daughter Sati / Dakshayani married Lord Shiva) got killed, his followers came to live in the area between River Musi and River Manjira. And here they began to persecute devotees of Shiva. Then Lord Shiva appeared in the form of Lord Veerabhadra Swamy to end this persecution and choose to settle down at the present place of this Temple which was then a dense forest with many Bilva trees considered to be dearest to Lord Shiva. As this place was full of trees and always dark, people felt it was like a black haired caterpillar; called Bontha purugu in Telugu and named this place after the insect as Bonthapally.
Even today; there is a dense forest adjacent to Bonthapally spanning over an area of 40 sq. kms. It is known as Narsapur Reserve Forest and it is the largest forest close to the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
There are also temples of Ayyappa Swamy, Shiva and Hanuman in this village.
Best Hotels and lodges are available in Hyderabad City for the devotees accommodation.
TSRTC operates buses from Sec-bad JBS Bus stand (36.7km)to Bonthapally Temple frequently. Private Taxis also available from various parts of the Hyderabad City.
The nearest railway station is Secunderabad Junction(38.3Km). Shamshabad Hyderabad(64.5km) is the nearest airport to reach by air.
- Morning 5:00 AM To 12:30 AM & Evening 4:00 PM To 8:30 PM
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