Chennakeshava Temple – The 300 Year Old Temple of Gadwal Fort
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Chennakeshava Temple – The 300 Year Old Temple of Gadwal Fort

The Chennakeshava Swamy Temple is an ancient temple and is believed to be a 300-year-old Temple of Gadwal Fort. You know the Gadwal town in Mahabubnagar is known for the many ancient temples and monuments which are the witness of great architectural skills of the ancient era. The fort shows most cultural heritage landmark of this place is Gadwal fort and this fort is surrounded by huge walls.

Chennakeshava Temple - The 300 Year Old Temple of Gadwal Fort
Chennakeshava Temple – The 300 Year Old Temple of Gadwal Fort

Not only this, any ancient temple has beautiful and unique architectural skills and that describe the ancient art of their times whereas the monument built at those times tells us about the lifestyle of the inhabitants. The Gadwal fort is built in the 17th century by the Gadwall ruler Peda Soma Bhupaludu or called Somanadri, which is one such cultural heritage landmark and has been built since its construction with huge walls all around. 

The Gadwal rulers were well-known for their cultural and spiritual learning. They maintained the fort well in every possible manner and considered it to be marked as the historical landmark of the place. It has been due to the best maintenance given to it because of that this is stood over 300 years now. There are many places in Gadwal that show the capability of the ancient architecture of our country. when it is to describe the temples, there are many mediums to large temples around in Gadwall. 

There are three main Deities inside the Gadwal fort, the Chennakeshwaralayam Swamy Temple, Sri Venugopala Swamy temple, and Sri Ramalayam along with the water body Koneru. 

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Let’s talk about the first deity, the Chennakeshwaralayam Temple, which is inside the Gadwal fort and is very famous among the locals and also in Telangana State the ruling deity here is Lord Venkateshwara. And it is said that the Gadwal’s ancient rulers used to offer their prayers every day. And even now every year they celebrated the great carnival in this ancient temple of Telangana.

The architecture of this temple has astounding features which represent the spiritual beauty of the temple and the cultural uniqueness of Telangana. One can find huge bells and beautiful paintings on the walls of the temple. 

Every year during the months of February and March, a grand Brahmotsavam held here in honoring the deities takes place for 10 days. It attracts more than 40,000 devotees from all over the Mahabubnagar district and from other districts and cities like Hyderabad, Nalgonda, Warangal, and Raichur.

How to Reach the temple? There are 3 ways to reach the temple, they are- 

  1. By Road– there is a highway, which is well connected to Hyderabad city. So, Visitors can reach the place by traveling from Hyderabad to Gadwal which is around 187 Kms. 
  2. By Train- there are frequent trains from Hyderabad, Kacheguda railway station to Gadwal. And from the Gadwal Railway station, Chennakeshava temple is around 1.2 Kms from there. And if you reach Sriramnagar Railway station then the temple is around 11.3 Kms. Also, from Wanarpaty Railway Station, the temple is around 21 Kms.
  3. By Air– The nearest Airport is located at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad, which is about 152 km from the destination.

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