Mallur fort is located in Mallur village, Mangapet Mandal, Mulugu district in the state of Telangana. This is an ancient fort spread across the region of an 8km radius fort wall with seven entry gates during the time of the Satvahana period. This fort is commonly known as Mallur fort which is located almost 4km inside the forests near Mallur village of Mangapet Mandal. Even the fort is also situated on the banks of the Godavari River.
Generally, the fort has a radius between 2-4km but the fort wall has a radius of about 8km, much bigger than the Warangal and Golconda forts. The most famous Mallur temple of Hemachala Lakshmi Narsimha Swamy is the most ancient architectural divine ensemble which is located on the Mallur Ghat in the Mangapet Mandal of Jayashankar Bhupalpally district.
This fort is situated in the beautiful mountain ranges on the southern bank of Godavari, this temple is famous for its Swayambhu deity with a rich historical background and cultural heritage. The fact that the name Sri Hemachalam came into existence due to the oldest beliefs proves these traditions and customs.
The temple place has a very beautiful nature which attracts tourists more across the year. The scenery and the beauty of nature are surrounded by the mountain ranges along which pass the narrow path, which is covered by many natural vegetations and varieties of medicinal trees or herbs through which the Chintamani lake flows. This place is a natural wonder, the serene beauty of nature will fall you in love with the place, this defied environment cannot be seen in any other historical place.
The Mallur spring waters, Chintamani Jalapatham n natural spring run through the dense forest said to have medicinal quantities called Mallur spring waters. There is a holy place in between the path, a bore well laid to give a break to the traveling devotees and there is a water tank that was being constructed on the divine hillock. the team of researchers and explorers found an ancient temple of Laxmi Narsimha Swamy dating back 4,500 years also called Hemachalam. Tourists also visited the Pandava Guhalu, Mylaram caves, Ghanpur group of temples, and the Damarwai dolmens.
The Brahmotsavam and the Tirukkalyanam goddess inside the temple, the Hemachala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy are also celebrated on the Vaisakha Shuddha Chaturdashi every year with love and devotion. Well, this temple has many specialties, the height of Moolavirat Sri Narasimha Swamy is up to 10 feet. It is located amid a dense forest. The Belly part of the Moolavirat idol is as soft as human skin. Even the dwjasthambha here at the temple is nearly 60 feet in height.
Furthermore, there is also a rock-formed Ugra Anjaneya Swamy Statue near to the temple, it is the first statue of its kind as known in South India. There is a continuous water flow near the temple from the top of the hills. According to the historical stories, the demon king, Ravana had gifted this place to his loving sister, Shurpanaka where around 14000 demons led by Khara Dushana were done to death by the great Rama. It was Agastya, the great sage who gave the name to the temple Hemachalam.
There is an old belief exhibited by the devotees that the deity if anyone alone enflames the temple premises. But the goddess is attached with the goddess Lakshmi on his front parts, the goddess assumes peace and reduced the troubles caused by fire accidents many times. It is a wonder that the sandal fluid form and flows through the centerpiece of the great lord Vishnu, the gravity of the miracles that the temple holds, is what attracts most of the tourists and devotees in large numbers to the temple to offer their prayers and fulfill their wishes.
History says this great temple, it is said the temple has been a center of religious prosperity even in the periods ruled by Krishnadevaraya and the Kakatiya kings. Even according to the China Jeeyar Swamy, the Ramalayam in Mallur is older and the residing deity is taller than that of Bhadrachalam.
How to reach this temple?
This is a 4 KM runway to the temple and can be reached by using government transportation facilities to reach His shrine. The ITDA Eturunagaram has developed the roads in place of the poor roads hence now making travel easy for the devotees. It is also 90 Km from Bhadrachalam and 130 KM from Warangal City.