Keesara Gutta Temple
Keesaragutta Ramalingeswara Swamy temple is situated on a hill in Keesara, Malkajgiri District of Telangana. A famous and popular temple for the worship of Lord Shiva in the Telengana state is the Keesaragutta Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and also called as Sri Rama Lingeswara Swamy along with his consorts Goddess Bhavani. The presiding deity is found in the form of a sacred Shivalingam.
It is said that, Lord Rama installed a Shiva Lingam here, for the sin of killing Ravana, a Brahman. He selected this place, surrounded by lush greenery and asked Hanuman to bring Shiva Lingam from Kashi(Varanasi). But the mighty Hanuman could not return on time and as the auspicious hours was about to end, Lord Shiva appeared before Lord Rama and gave him a Shiva Linga to install. The deity at Keesara, is called as Ramalingeswara, as Lord Rama had installed the deity.
When Hanuman returned with 101 lingams from Varanasi for Lord Rama to select, he was aggrieved to see that a Lingam was already installed. The enraged Hanuman threw all the Lingas that he had, all over the place. Till this day, devotes do find several lingams scattered at the temple premises. To appease Hanuman, Rama ordained that precedence would be given to him to worship at the temple. Rama also proclaimed that the hillock, where the deity was installed, would bear the name of Hanuman (Kesarigiri), as he is the son of Kesari. Over the years, the name has been transformed as Keesara and the hillock as Keesaragutta.
Maha Shivaratri is the major festival celebrated here which attracts the huge crowd of devotees from the Hyderabad and surrounding villages. Government make special arrangements of transportation, accommodation and parking during the festival. This place was once the capital of Vishnukundins dynasty. Historians believe that eleven ‘Ashwamedha Yagnas’ were performed here during the fifth and sixth centuries by the Vishnukundin Kings. Karthika Masam and other auspicious days like Shiva Kalyanam, Sri Ramanavami, Hanuman Jayanthi and Ramalingeshwara Brahmotsavam also celebrated grandly here every year.
Small hotels are there at temple premises and Keesara Village. But the best hotels and restaurants are available at ECIL.
The main Secundrabad JBS Bus stand is 38.4 kms which is connected with the major cities of Telangana and Andhrapradesh states. The local ECIL X Road bus terminal is 18 kms and Keesara Bus Stand is 5.2 kms from the temple. Direct buses and Autos are available from ECIL and Keesara to reach the temple.
Secunderabad Railway Junction is 28.4 kms and Ghatkesar Railway station is 16 kms from the temple. TSRTC buses and private transport is available from these stations.
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad is just 70 kms from the temple.
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