Dharmapuri is a village situated at a distance of about 48 km from Jagityal town and 51 Km from Peddapalle railway station.
Dharmapuri is famous for the temple that is dedicated to Narasimha Swamy, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The religious place has also gained fame for the Lord Siva With Dakshinamurthy, Vinayaka, and Sapitha Mathrukas carved on a single slab of stone. Some other notable temples in Dharmapuri are Mahishasuramardhani, the sixty-pillared temple, Mahalakshmi temple, and Akkapalle Rajanna.
Close to the Narsimha Swamy Temple, there is the Ramalingeswara Temple is about 1000 years old. Another famous temple here is the five-hundred-year-old Sri Sita Rama Swami temple.
The locals believe that Lord Rama on his way to Lanka in search of Sitha Maatha has consecrated Shiv Lingam in the temple.
The name of village Dharmapuri was named after King Dharamavarma, who was a staunch devotee of Lord Narasimha. The bank of the holy river Godavari, also called Dakshin Kashi is located near the temple.
Dharmapuri is historically mentioned in Arikesari-II (930-955 A.D) of Chalukyas of Vemulavada, at Kurikyala of Gangadhara Mandal. Moreover, Dharmapuri also called Dharmapuram is mentioned in the two Sthalapuranas both titled “Dharmapuri Kshetra Mahatyam”.
Dharmapuri is mentioned as Dharmapuram by Malki Singana in his Uttara Khanda Padma Purana in 1420 AD.
The great Telugu poet Bammera Potana (1400-1470 A.D) also mentioned
Dharmapuri in his Narayana Satakam.
This place was also mentioned by Korai Goparaju (1430-1490 AD) in his Simhasanadwatrinshika.
Pingali Surana, a Telugu poet mentioned Dharmapuri in “Kalapurnodayam” in 1560 AD.
This place “Dharmapuri” was mentioned by renewed Telugu poet(1560 AD).
“Rohilala Pata” mentioned Dharmapuri in 1858 and Sheshappa wrote a Satakam on Narasimha of Dharmapuri in the 19th century.
In the modern period, this place was mentioned in “Dharmanagada Charitra” where the importance of river Godavari at Dharmapuri is given and mentioning Dharmapuri, a sacred place.
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Dharmapuri is the only place for the Yama Dharmaraja temple in the country
Several hundreds of devotees from various parts of the country come to Dharmapuri to worship Lord Yama Dharmaraja (God of Death). This is the only temple shrine in the entire country where Lord Yama is worshipped.
The devotees who visit the Dharmapuri temple offer their prayers first to Lord Yama and then offer prayers to other deities. It is a tradition where the devotees pour oil in the “Yamaganda Deepam” to get rid of their sorrows and sufferings.
It is a common belief that people who offer prayers at the Lord Yama temple on Yama Dwetheeya would not go to ‘hell’ after their death.
“Yama Dwitheeya” is celebrated on the second day after the Deepavali festival, marking the visit of Lord Yama to his sister Yamuna Devi’s house for lunch. On this day, the devotees perform “Ayoosha Sooktham Homam” for longevity and good health.
It is a common belief that Yama promises his sister that people who offer prayers on this day (Yama Dwetheeya) would not go to hell and they would get rid of all sorrows and sufferings.
Also, it is believed that people having ‘Bhagini-Hastha’ which means food served by their sister on this day would enjoy longevity and be cleansed of their sins.
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