Vemulawada Temple

Vemulawada Temple

Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Devasthanam :

Abode of Lord Eashwara – at Vemulawada village of Rajaanna Sirisilla District in Telangana State is one of the ancient and famous Shivate temples. The Institution was categorized as Regional Joint Commissioner Cadre Temple under G.O.Ms.No: 262, Revenue [Endts.I] Department, dated 10/03/1992. The shrine deserves a special mention in terms of its architectural grandeur and spiritual sanctity and is one of the famous Shivate Temples in Telangana State. Existence of this shrine is lost in the mists of antiquity and even Puranas mention the existence of the Deity.

The presiding Deity – Lord Raja Rajeshwara in the form of “Neela Lohitha Siva Lingam is known for his boundless benevolence in fulfilling the wishes of the devotees.

This Shrine is popularly known as ‘Dakshina Kasi’ [Southern Banaras] and also as “Harihara Kshetram” for their being two Vaisnava Temples in main Temple complex i.e., Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple & Sri Seetharama Chandra Swamy Temple and Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy is Kesthra Palaka of this Temple being consecrated with Pujas/ festive rituals [both Shivate & Vaisnavate festivals] and Sreerama Navami is the 2nd major festival in this temple.

A Dargah within the precincts of the temple stands as an ample evidence for religious tolerance.


Sthalapuranam :


Bhavishyothara Purana mentions that the Sun-God [Surya Bhagavan] recovered from disability by praying at the shrine here and so this shrine is termed “Bhaskara Kshethram”. And, Indra- the King of Astadikpalaka by devoutly worshipping Lord Sri Raja Rajeshwara-the presiding deity of the shrine, purified himself from Brahmahatya Dosham.

Further, It is said that during 750 to 973 AD this temple was built by Raja Narendra-the grandson of Parikshit who in turn the grandson of Arjuna, was not only cured of Leprosy by which he was afflicted by virtue of killing Muniputra accidentally, by taking bath in Dharmagundam [Pushkarni] but also seen Lord Sri Raja Rajeshwara and Goddess Sri Raja Rajehwari Devi in a vision and received blessings with directions to build a temple and install ‘ Siva Lingam’ which was laying in the bed of the Pushkarni.

Historical Importance: Historically this place was the capital of the Vemulawada Chalukyas who ruled from AD 750 to AD 973. Rock cut inscriptions found in this place, however refer to the village as Lemulavatika.

Literary and Traditional Importance: Tradition associate with this place with famous Telugu poet “Bheemakavi” but there is more definite proof of the famous Kannada poet “Pampa” living here as the court poet of Arikesari – II and dedicated his “Kannada Bharatha” to his royal patronage.


Inside Temples in Complex :


The Temple picturesquely stands on the bank of a large Tank which is called as Gudicheruvu. The Garbha – Griha [Mahamandapam] has “Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi”; Lord Raja Rajeshwara in the form of Neelalohitha Siva Linga ; Goddess Sri Raja Rajeshwari Devi and Nandeeshwara facing the Lord. The sanctum sanatorium encloses Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple; Sri Seetharama Chandra Swamy Temple; Sri Anjaneya Sahitha Kasi Visweswara Swamy

Temple; Sri Dakshina Murthy Temple; Sreeevalli Devasena Sametha Subramanya Swamy Temple; Sri Bala Tripura Sundari Devi Temple; Sri Someshwaralayam; Sri Uma Maheshwaralayam; Sri Mahisasura Mardhani Temple; Kotilingalu; Sri Kala Bhairava Swamy Temple.

In this shrine, Pujas / Rituals are performed according to Smartha Agama and however in Vaisnavate temples located in temple complex, Pujas / rituals are performed according to Pancharathra Agama. The icon of Lord Raja Rajeshwara is consecrated with Chatukala Pujas i.e., Prathakala Puja; Madhyahnika Puja; Pradosakala Puja & Nishikala Puja etc., every day along with Goddess Sri Raja Rajeshwari Devi Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi located in Maha Mandapam.


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Vemulawada Temple Timings :


Daily Pujas And Sevas Offerd  To The Deity :


Mangala Vaidyam from 4.00 AM to 4.10 AM
Suprabhata Seva from 4.10 AM to 4.30 AM
Prabhata Harathi at 4.35 AM
Aalaya Suddhi [Cleaning] from 4.35 AM to 5.00 AM
Gomatha Puja & Kode Puja from 5.00 AM to 5.15 AM
Prathakala Puja from 5.15 AM to 6.15 AM
Nithya Kalyanam     from 10.30 A.M. to 12.30 P.M
Madhyanhika Puja & Nivedana & Anna Puja from 11.40 AM to 12.10 PM



Note : During Monday, Masa Sivarathri & Sani Thrayodasi days, Madhyanhika Puja & Nivedana & Anna Puja would be performed from 2.30 PM to 3.00 PM


Pradosakala Puja from 6.00 PM to 7.00 PM
Nishikala Puja from 9.00 PM to 10.00 PM
Pavalimpu Seva from 10.00 PM to 10.20 PM & temple would be closed


Note : During Mondays which are not covered with the Thithi i.e., Eakadasi, Dwadashi, Sankramana, Masa Sivarathri, Bahula Astami etc., Eakantha Seva would be performed to the deity.


Vemulawada Timings for Darsanam & Arhitha Sevas :


Sarva Darsanam from 4.35 AM to 5.00 AM
Dharma Darsanam & Abhisekam from 6.15 AM to 11. 30 AM
Darsanam & Anna Puja from 12.10 PM to 2.00 PM
Darsanam & Bilvarchana, Sivarchana. from 2.30 PM to 5.55 PM

Darsanam & Aakula Puja, Maha Puja,

Pallaki Seva, Pedda Seva

from 7.10 PM to 9.00 PM


Note:  During Monday, Masa Sivarathri and Sani Pradosam, Abhisekam would be performed from 6.15 AM to 2.30 PM & Anna Puja would be performed from 3.00 PM to 5.00 PM and Bilvarchana would not be performed


Sathyanarayana Vratham from 1.00 PM to 3.00 PM
Kalyanam from 10.30 AM to 12.30 PM
Maha Lingarchana from 6.30 PM to 8.30 PM
Kumkuma Puja from 6.15 AM to 8.30 PM
Kode Mrokkubadi from 6.15 AM to 8.30 PM
Gandadeepa Archana from 6.15 AM to 8.30 PM


Note : During Monday and other peak days when the inflow of pilgrims is at very high side Kode Mrokkubadi Puja would be started at 4.30 AM for the convenience of the pilgrims


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Vemulawada Temple Arjitha Sevas  :


Kode Mrokkubadi [worship of Bull – Nandeeshwara] Rs. 100/- – A unique worship and found only in this temple throughout length and breadth of the country and takes precedence over other rituals / Pujas. Devotees offer Kode Mrokkubadi to Lord Raja Rajeshwara for progeny and well being of their family.

Maha Lingarchana – Rs. 1000/- worship of Lord Eashwara in the form of 366 No. of Mruthika Linga [prepared with clay] is also a unique one. Devotees perform Maha Lingarchana duly observing fast, which amounts worshipping of Lord Siva throughout the year.iii] Anna Puja – Rs.150/- & Rs.600/- -worshipping Lord Raja Rajeshwara with boiled rice is also a unique one. Devotees perform Anna Puja to the Lord Sri Raja Rajeshwara with a belief that the Lord Sri Raja Rajeshwara makes them wealthy and keeps them far away from deprivation of food.


Other important Sevas :


Abhiseka Puja  – Rs.200/- & Rs.600/-

Sri Swamy Varla Kalyanam  – Rs.1000/-

Kumkuma Puja  – Rs.150/-

Pallaki Seva & Pedda Seva – Rs.200/- & Rs.350/- respectively

Maha Puja – Rs.250/-

Aakula Puja – Rs.600/-


How To Reach Vemulawada Temple :


The fastest way to reach Vemulawada from Hyderabad takes you 2h 52m, which is to take a taxi from Hyderabad to Vemulawada.The cheapest way to reach Vemulawada from Hyderabad takes you 4h 03m, which is to take State Transport Bus from Hyderabad to Vemulawada.


Vemulawada Temple By Train :


No direct train between Hyderabad and Vemulawada is available. Best to take Ajanta Express from Hyderabad to Kamareddy then take a taxi from Kamareddy to Vemulawada.


Vemulawada Temple By Bus :


Direct bus between Hyderabad and Vemulawada is available. Best to take State Transport Bus from Hyderabad to Vemulawada


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Facilities to Priligrims :


  • Providing Accommodation to the visiting pilgrims at affordable rent in Devasthanam choultries & in Dormitory Type Halls.
  • Providing Cloakroom facility.
  • Providing Canteen facility (Full Meals @ Rs.25/- Lunch & Dinner Timings).
  • Uninterrupted drinking water facilities.
  • Dress Changing facilities to the ladies at Dharmagundam
  • Bathing rooms for ladies at Dharmagundam
  • Sulabh Complex Toilets.
  • Maintaining sanitation in Devasthanam area [ Devasthanam Senior Sanitary Inspector and his assistant maintain sanitation duly extracting work from the regular sweepers / scavengers & labours through contractor]
  • Providing free medical facility to the visiting pilgrims in Devasthanam Homeopathic Hospital. [Devasthanam Medical Officer runs the Hospital]
  • Free Darsanam facility.
  • Free distribution of prasadam in the Temple.
  • Running Devasthanam buses local trips from Vemulawada to Sircilla and back covering Korutla and Thippapur Bus Stations [reaching points to Vemulawada] and Agraharam Temple, for the convenience of the visiting pilgrims on nominal charges.
  • Devasthanam is paying an amount of Rs.16.00 Lakhs per annum to Gram Panchayat for maintenance of Vemulawada village in terms of sanitation and drinking water etc., since villagers stay in private houses also.


Vemulawada Temple Address :


Sri Raja Rajeswara Swamy Devasthanam

Vemulawada ,Rajanna Siricilla Dist.

Telangana ,Pin: 505302.


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