Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy temple is located at a distance of 2 km from the Odella village and Mandal, Peddapalli District in Telangana State, India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Every year, in this temple, Sri Bramarambha Mallikarjuna Swamy Vari Tiru Kalyana Mahotsavam is celebrated in a grand manner. Devotees from various regions come here and participate in the Kalyana Mahotsavam.
The village has both rail and road transportation. The railway route of the village falls between Delhi and Chennai between the Kazipet and Balarshah divisions of the Indian Railway. There are many buses available at this village running at fixed timings and they connect Peddapalli to nearby small town Sultanabad, which falls on the state highway No 1 connecting the state capital Hyderabad and Ramagundam, known as Rajiv Rahadhari. Farming is the major occupation of the people in the village and they cultivate crops like paddy, corn, and cotton.
History and Significance of the temple
The story is based on the inscriptions on the temple pillars. Once upon a time in a dense forest there lived a sage called Sri Pankaj Maha Muni. He used to offer prayers to the Shiva Lingam every night. As time passed, the sage died and the Shiva Lingam he worshipped was burried under the nests of ants.
After a few years, a farmer named Chinthakunta Odelu found the Shiva Ling when he was tilling his land with his plough. He took the Shiva Ling out and constructed a temple around it.
In the Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy temple, there are separate chambers for sub shrines like Lord Sri Rama and village deities Bangaru Pochamma and Madana Pochamma.
There is Sri Bramarambha Mata temple on the southern side of the temple and Veera Shaiva Mattam temple on the northern side. Also, on the western side of the temple is Veera Shaiva Mattam and a big banyan tree known as Matta Marri.
Lord Shri Bhairava Swamy is the Kshetra Palaka in the temple. On the northeastern side of the temple, there are idols of Lord Shiva in the form of Shri Khandiswara Swamy and two other local ardent devotees of Lord Shiva namely Medala Devi, and Ketamma.
How to reach Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy temple
Karimnagar is is the nearest city and is located at a distance of 50 Km from the temple. Karimnagar is connected to all the major cities of Telangana. Odela railway station is around 2.9 km distance and Kazipet Railway Junction is 60 km from the temple. There are many trains available from Hyderabad city. Some of the trains are Bhagyanagar express, Sirpur Kagaznagar Intercity, and Kagaznagar express.
Many activities are carried out throughout the year in the temple. We have elaborately listed out the puja activities in the temple. They are:
Nakabali, Ammavariki Kunkumarchana, Grama paryatana vuregimpu, Maha Shivaratri parvadinam saamuhika rudrabhishekam, Archanalu Radotsavamu,
Ugadi, Bandlu tiruguta, Vahana Poojalu. Sree Rama Navami, Sree Seetha Ramula Kalyanam, Toli Ekadasi, Pedda Patnamulu – Agni gunda Mahotsavamulu, Swamy variki mahanyasa poorvaka ekkadasha redrabhishekamulu, dakshma yaam kadha sravanamu, gelupu utsavamulu, Saamuhika laksha Jwalarchana, Vinayaka Chavithi, Navarathri Utsavalu, Dussera, Vijaya Dasami (Shami Pooja), Karthika pournami Deepotsavamu.
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