Kurupathi Sri Kurumurthy Srinivas Swamy Temple is also referred to as Second Tirupathi. Sri Kurumurthy Srinivas Swamy Temple is one of the oldest temples in Telangana. Many devotees visit the temple to offer their prayers to Lord Vishnu, also referred to as Lord Venkateshwara. The temple is known for its spiritual history and the traditions being followed here.
Where is Kurumurthy temple present
Kurumurthy Srinivas Swamy temple is 630 years old temple built in 1350 AD. The temple is located on Kurupathi Hills in Ammapur village, Chinnachintakunta Mandal, Mahbubnagar, Telangana State, India. This temple is about 32 km away from Gadwal town.
History of the temple
In the temple, Lord Venkateswara, also known by another name Kurumurthy swami is worshipped. As per history, the temple on the hill is associated with the story of Goddess Sri Lakshmi Devi asking Lord Srinivasa to make His presence felt on the hills. So, that the devotees can offer their prayers to the Lord. As per the Goddess’s wish, Lord manifested himself on the Kurupathi Hills.
People say that Lord Vishnu gave darshan to a potter of Kurava village and then settled on a hillock which is amidst seven similar hillocks. Tirumala Balaji is another avatar of Lord Vishnu who settled on a hill that is one among seven hills. For this reason, Lord Balaji is referred to as “Edu konDala venkateswaruDu”, or lord of seven hills. Kurumurthy is also known as the second Tirupati.
Meaning of the place
The name Kurupathi refers to three words in Telugu, ‘Kuru’ means ‘to do, ‘Matim’ refers to ‘mind’, and ‘pati’ means ‘husband’. Hence this refers to the place where the Lord resides.
The image of the Lord Vishnu has been crafted and present in the caves for almost 630 years till Sri Mukkara Chandra Reddy constructed a temple in the hills and placed the image there. Sri Ramabhupal and KothaKapulu have further renovated the temple.
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Renovation of the temple
Until recently, a few years ago to see Lord Venkateswara of kurumurthy, one had to go inside a cave with difficulty. But, now a temple is constructed at the same place where the cave existed. So, it is relatively easy for devotees to have a darshan of kurumurthy swami.
However, one has to climb two hundred steps to reach the main temple. One can also have Anjaneya Swamy darshan on their way to the temple. After Anjaneya Swamy temple, there comes the Lord Chennakesava temple before reaching the main temple Kurumurthy Swamy temple.
The architecture of the temple is simply magnificent. One can spot the huge Gopuram at the entrance of the temple. One has to climb 200 steps or can take on the road with a vehicle to reach the temple.
Another interesting fact about the Kurumurthy temple is that it is known as the second Tirupathi as it is self-manifested.
One can also get a chance to witness the Uddala mandapam. Uddala mandapam is a place where chappals made by residents of Vaddeman village are kept. A week after Diwali, every year, a new pair of chappals are presented to the Lord.
According to their traditions, the shoemaker prepares these chappals with great devotion. A shoemaker should not consume any food except fluids and milk during the preparation of chappals which is about 3 days. A procession is taken by the people during the time of presenting the chappals to the Lord Vishnu. The people celebrate the time of the year with joy and a festive environment is established.
Sri Kurumurthy Swamy jatara is the biggest event celebrated at the Ammapur village in Deverkadra Mandal and would be held for 19 days.
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By Road: One can reach the Kurumurthy Temple by public and private transport services from Gadwal Town. The temple is 32 km from Gadwal town and takes around 1 hour and 20 mins to reach.
By Train: One may board the train to reach Gadwal Railway Station which is located on the Mahbubnagar -Kurnool railway line. From there, one can get the local buses from the railway station to reach the Kurumurthy Temple.
By Air: The Shamshabad Airport, Hyderabad is 141 Km away from the town. In case, if one is visiting from a neighboring state, one can use air transport to reach Hyderabad. From here, one can reach the Kurupati Temple by boarding the train or any other public transport.
There are no places to stay in the temple area. One may just visit the temple to seek blessings and move back to the proper town.
Otherwise, the pilgrims can stay in the nearby towns of Mahbubnagar or Gadwal. They would get easy transport to reach the temple from here. One of the famous hotels in Gadwal to stay at is the Hotel International.
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