Kusumanchi village is situated on Khammam(22 km) to Suryapet(42.5 km) National highway. Kusumanchi was popularly known as Krupamani during the Kakatiya period. Kusumanchi village is famous for Sri Ganapeshwaralayam and Mukkanteswaralayam, the two Siva temples built by the Kakatiya rulers during 12th and 13th centuries.
The temples stand as testimony to the architectural skills of the Kakatiya kings. The historical shrines have a striking resemblance to famous Ghanpur and Ramappa temples of Kakatiya period in the Warangal district. Ganapeshwaralayam attracts devotees from Warangal, Nalgonda and other neighboring districts during Sivaratri festival each year. Devotees throng the temple during Sravanamasam and other auspicious occasions especially during the Sivaratri jatara.
The Shiva lingam in the temple is three meters high with a radius of two meters and it is one of the biggest Shivalingas in the state. Built on an elevated platform facing east, the temple consists of pillared rangamandapa and antarala followed by the sanctum. With entrances on three sides, the temple is a beautiful structure. Ganapeshwaralayam attracts large number of devotees during Sivaratri festival from Warangal, Nalgonda and other neighboring regions. There is a 15 ft high idol of Lord Venu Gopala on the southern side of the temple.
A group of philanthropists including Venkatapratap Reddy, a retired police officer, initiated several development works at Ganapeshwara temple in the last couple of years.
Mukkanteswaralayam is located a few meters away from Ganapeswaralayam. It is a trikutalaya with three shrines having common mandapa. Each shrine has a portico, garbhagruha and antarala with a common 16-pillared mandapa.
Scores of devotees throng the temple during Sravanamasam and other auspicious occasions more particularly during the Sivaratri jatara
There are few hotels, located near temple. However, tourists can have good hotel and lodging facilities in Khammam city.
Kusumanchi is situated on Khammam-Suryapet National highway. Khammam is the nearest city which have good connectivity by road and rail with all the major cities of Andhra and Telangana. TSRTC and APSRTC buses passing by this route at every 30 minutes.
Kusumanchi bus stand is 1.5 km from the temple. Khammam Bus Station is 22.9 km. Khammam Railway station is 22.7 km. Buses and private transport is available from Khammam city.
Hyderabad International Airport is the nearest airport which is 185 km from here.
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