Dwaraka Tirumala and Warangal ‘” Sacred Places of Andhra Pradesh

Dwaraka Tirumala is adorned with many temples of Lord Venkateshwara, the most popular being Tirupati. Dwaraka Tirumala or Chinna Tiruapti is yet another prominent temple of Lord Venkateshwara situated near Eluru, the head quarters of West Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. Dwaraka Tirumala is situated at 15 km distance from Bhimadole Junction, which is in between Vijayawada and Rajahmundry State Highway and Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam main Railway line.

Dwaraka Tirumala holds a prominent place among the temples of Andhra Pradesh from a very long time. There are two temples in this place – one that of Lord Venkateshwara and another of Mallikarjuna (Lord Shiva) situated on a hillock. This hillock resembles Anantha, the divine serpent and it is said that Anantha is blessed to bears Lord Shiva on his hood (as the temple is on the hillock) and Lord Venkateshwara on his tail (as the temple is down the hillock). This amazing fact speaks volumes about the harmony between Saivism and Vaishnavism. Both the temples – Mallikarjuna Temple and Venkateshwara Temple hold equal prominence but the temple of Lord Venkateshwara receives more limelight.

The following temples which are situated near the Dwaraka Tirumala:

-Sri Venkateswara Swamy vari Temple

-Sri Konda Malleswara Swamy Temple

-Sri Kunkullamma (Renuka Devi) Vari Temple

-Sri Anjaneya and Sri Subrahmanyeswara Swamyvarla Temples

-Sri Santana Venugopala Jagannadha Swamy temple

-Sri Seeta Ramachandra Swamy vari Temple

-Sri Bhu Neela Sametha Sri Satyanarayana Swamy Temple

-Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy vari Temple

-Parijata Giri Venkateswara Swamy vari Temple

-Sri Maddi Anjaneya Swamy Temple

-Buddha Caves

Warangal:

Warangal also known as Orugallu, and Ekasila Nagaram is a city in the Andhra Pradesh. Both Warangal and Hanamkonda as legend goes is linked with the dynasties of the Great “Vishnukundins” and Buddhist and pre Buddhist periods.

A ruined temple of Shiva occupies the geometric center of Warangal. This extensive and picturesque temple site was originally enclosed by a rectangular wall, pierced by four gates at the prime important directions (north, east, south, and west). At present the visitor can view at least one of the original gates, a confusing jumble of partially reconstructed edifices, and an extended display of pediments, carvings, etc. that were discovered on-site.

History:

-During 8th century A.D., Warangal with an old name “Orukal” has served as capital city of Yadava king of the Kakatiyas or Ganapatis making Warangal as Capital City.

-The name of Warangal “Orugallu” is said to be correct form of Orukal which is the original designation, the old town.

– The family name Kakatiya is derived from the local appellation of the Goddess Durga(Kakati). Kakatiyas from the 12th to the 14th centuries. The cultural and administrative distinction of the Kakatiyas was mentioned by the famous traveller Marco Polo. Famous or well-known rulers included Ganapathi Deva, Prathapa Rudra, and Rani (queen) Rudrama Devi.

-After the fall of Bahamani Kingdom, Warangal fell to the “Qutab Shahis” of Golkonda and thereafter it has came under the sway of Nizam’s domination.

-Warangal has developed both under the political and historical influences of successive great kings.

-The historical events and development occured in Warangal City are as follows:

(a) From 1260 to 1422: Kakatiya Stage

(b) From 1422 to 1725: Transmission Stage

(c) From 1725 to 1948: Asifijahi Stage

(d) From 1948 onwards: Modern Stage

Places to Visit:

-Warangal Fort

-Thousand Pillared Temple

-Ramappa Temple and Lake

-Siddeshwara Temple

-Bhadrakali Temple

-Padmakshi Temple

-Govindarajula Gutta

-Pakhal Lake

-Kakatiya Musical Garden

-Kakatiya Rock Garden

-National Institute of Technology

-Eturnagaram Forest Wildlife Refuge

-Rayaparthy Shiva Temple

-Laknavaram

It is recommended that you consider booking long distance bus tickets on “Air Conditioned Volvo buses” operated by all operators as the quality of the other buses vary significantly. Bus tickets are easily available online. One can plan trip and do bus booking online in advance. Online bus tickets booking is an easy process which can save your time and price.