Umamaheswaram Temple, Mahabubnagar, the Mysterious Papanashanam of Telangana

Umamaheswaram Temple

India is highly rich in heritage and culture and also rich in spiritual faith, and one who wants to gain the eternal glory of the lord can come to India for such a divine experience. As India is a wide land of diversity and rich in heritage various cultural worship have been followed. The greatest faith of devotion among Hindus is Lord shiva who has millions of temples across the country where he is worshipped in different avatars, especially in the form of Shiva Linga form.

One such temple can be found in the district of Mahabubnagar, Telangana, the Umamaheshwaram temple which is said to be built in the 2nd century A.D and is located in the high hills in the Nallamala forest range. And is located about 100 km away from Hyderabad on the Hyderabad Srisailam Highway. However, the temple is exactly locating the temple, it is about 4km from Rangapur village. Achampet, Mahbubnagar district.

Let’s talk about the history of the temple, the temple was constructed in the 2nd century during the rule of Maurya Chandragupta. It also consists of the large image of Errana that we can also see in the books. In Umamaheshwaram temple, Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of Mallikarjuna, and goddess Parvathi in the form of Bhramaramba. Lord Shiva is in form of Swayambhu Linga in the temple, which means that, created by his own accord. It is said that Lord Rama visited this place when doing Parikrama to Srisaila Parvatam. This place is also called as Kubera Sthanam. Mahishamardini deity is also been located on the right side of Lord Shiva and Goddess Umadevi is located on the left side. Even the Temples of Lord Veera Bhadra Swamy and Lord Janardhan Swamy are also present on the way to Papanasanam. Nagaraju idol was also present on the way to Papanasanam.

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The Shivalinga in Umamaheshwaram is a looking beautiful because of its color, it is painted white on one side and red on the other side. A huge tank is been built near the temple where a thousand elephants can swim at one time. It is decorated with images of Chandi, Virabhadra, Subrahmanya, Kumaraswamy, and other deities.

Now, the question is what is the Umamaheshwaram spiritual importance connected with Srisailam? The sacred temple of lord Shiva is situated in Srisailam, Telangana, and the northern gateway of the four gateways of Srisailam. As per the Vedic importance, the darshan of the Srisailam is incomplete without the darshan of the Umamaheshwaram temple which is located in the Nallamala forest. Although, the climate is very pleasant throughout the year and these days due to having calm weather the place has evolved as a beautiful and major tourist place, known by the name of Poor man’s Ooti.

The history of Papanasanam is full of surprises for tourists. The temple is expanding nearly 500 meters to Papanasanam and it is said that the rock pot gets filled in every five minutes and overflows to the beds of water jasmine and other flowers. Also, the flow of water is constant over the years and even does not come down even in the hot summers. Additionally, there are many more such areas where the source of water under the rocks is still a mystery.

Meanwhile, the nearby areas of the temple is been noted for their mysterious Papanasanam where you can always find a mug of water whatever you take out from it across the year. Even people are shocked and surprisingly looking for the water from where it comes from the rocks. No one knows the origin of water beneath the rocks.

How to Reach the temple? Well, Umamaheshwaram is nearly 10-12 km from Achampet, Mahabubnagar district. First, we have to reach the Achampet first, then Rangapur, and from there Umamaheshwaram. A number of autos and rickshaws are available from Achampet.

Secondly, Umamaheshwaram is also closest to Munnanur which is 15 km. While coming from Srisailam, one can get down at Munnanur and many autos are available to Umamaheshwaram.

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