Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Temple (Vemulawada)
Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Esawara, the temple is located in a village called Vemulawada, Karimnagar district, Telangana State. It is 36km away from Karimnagar and 160km from Hyderabad. Vemulawada temple is one of the most famous Lord Shiva temples. The other important thing is you can also see the Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple and Sri Rama temple, since the temple is popularly known as “Dakshina Kasi” and also as ‘Harihara Kshetram” and Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy is the Kesthra Palka of this temple. One can also see a Dargah within the temple, which stands as an evidence for the religious tolerance.
History of Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Temple
According to the Puranas, sun god offered prayers to Lord Shiva in this temple and so this shrine is termed as “Bhaskara Kshetram” and Indra – the King of all Gods came here and worshipped Lord Raja Rajeswara Swamy to make him clean from the sin Braahmahatya Dosham. Later in 750 – 973 AD this temple was built by Raja Narendra- the grandson of Arjuna, who is suffering from leprosy which is caused due to the killing of Muniputra. To purify himself from that sin he came to this place and offered prayers to Lord Raja Rajeswara Swamy. One day Lord Shiva came in his dream and asked him to take bath in Darmagundam the pushkarini. He did so, at the time of his bath he found to see a Siva Lingam which was laying in the pushkarini, so he built this temple by Installing the Siva Lingam, then Raja Narendra completely recovered from leprosy from then onwards the temple is called as Sri Raja Rajeswara Swamy Temple.
Chalukyas ruled this village Vemulawada during the periods of 750 – 973 AD; they called this village as Lemulavatika. Historically proved that the famous Telugu poet “Bhoomakavi” was associated with this place along with Kannada poet “Pampa”, but his existence was not known clearly.
Sri Raja Rajeswara Swamy Temple
According to the Puranas Lord Shiva came to this place after visiting Kasi, Chidambaram, Srisailam, and Kedareswaram. Here in this place, Lord Shiva is called as Rajanna. Lord Raja Rajeswara Swamy will be in the form of Neelalohitha Shiva Linga. To the right side of the Shiva Linga there will be Sri Raja Rajeswari Devi and to the left side, there will be goddess Sri Laksmi Devi along with Lord Ganesh statues. On the Pushkarini you can see three mandapas, in which Lord Shiva’s statue is installed. There will be Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple, Sri Seetha Rama Swamy temple, Sri Anjaneya Swamy temple, Kai Visweswara Chandra Swamy temple Dakshina Murthy temple, Sreevalli Devasena sametha Subramanya Swamy temple, Sri Bala Tripura Sundari Devi temple etc. inside the sanatorium. This temple has a very special offering which is made by the devotees called “Kode Mokku” which means devotee makes pradakshinam of the temple along with a Kode (bull) which is a vahanam or vehicle of Lord Shiva.