About Us: Lord Sri Laxmi Narasimha Swamy
Dharmapuri, historically a pilgrim center once adorned with great poets, philosophers, Music, Art and Dance. It is one of the nine Narsimha Kshetras of the Telangana region of A.P.
Dharmapuri was called so after King Dharamavarma, (Who was a staunch devotee of Lord Narasimha), it was known earlier as Dhamaraya, Dharmapuram, Dharmmanpuram, Dhammanvuru, Dharmavura and Dharmapuram. It is famous for temples and artists, located on the banks of holy river Godavari. It is called Dhakshin Kashi. It is nearly 80 km from the district headquarters. There are two temples (Pata and Kotta) of Lord Sri Laxmi Narasimha Swamy. In the 14th and 15th centuries after the fall of Bahamanis and Qutb Shahis, the next phase of anti-Hinduism started under Aurangazeb. His subordinates also followed in his footsteps. Rustumdilkhan, the Subedar of Hyderabad, converted the temple of Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy into a mosque96. In 1448 AD, near to the mosque a new temple was erected with sixty pillars and this temple came to be called as old Narasimha Swamy temple97. In 1725 A.D., an icon of lord Narasimha was found in the vicinity of Dharmapuri village.
Dharmapuri is situated at a distance of about 28–30 km from Jagityal town and 42 km from Mancherial railway station on the Kazipet–Balharsha section of the South Central Railway on the Bank of River Godavari. This river flows West to East except in Dharmapuri where it flows North to South hence the river is termed as Dakshina Vahini [South Flowing].
Though all the villages surrounded by Dharmapuri have regular Dialect of Telangana Accent of Telugu, Dharmapuri has a typical Telugu Accent spoken by local Vedic Brahmins which is very peculiar to this Ancient Vedic Village. For example, to say "ATOO" meaning "Towards that side", they say "ASHOO". Similarly "ITOO" referring "Towards this side" they say "ISHOO". Local Brahmins used to refer the Godavari river at Dharmapuri as Ganga for the reason that Godavari is also rendered respect of holding the name "The Dakshin Ganga".
Godavari river near Dharmapuri has a number of places (Brahma Gundam, Yama Gundam, Satyavathi Gundam, Pala Gundam, etc...) to take holy bath.
28–30 km from Jagityal
Temple Timings :
5 am to 2pm and then again from 4 pm to 8 pm.
How to Reach :
Visitors can reach the temple by bus that ply from major cities namely, Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Jagtial, Vemulawada, Mancherial, Nagapur, Bombay, Bhivandi and Nanded.
– In addition to this, by train one can get down at Macherial Railway Station. From Mancherial, Dharmapuri is 45 kms far. There are plenty of buses ply from Mancherial to Dharmapuri.
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