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Parkal Massacre - September 2, 1947

On September 2, 1947 , a patriotic desire to hoist  national flag in Parkal,  then a small village in Warangal  district, had ended a brutal  massacre committed by Razakars.  Nizam’s men pumped bullets into people who had gathered in the town to hoist the tri-colour The memories of the carnage are still remembered by the elders who witnessed the incident at that time. The incident has been referred to as the ‘Jallianwala Bagh’ of the south by former Premier P V Narasimha Rao. It may be recalled that after Indian Independence on August 15, 1947, erstwhile Nizams of Hyderabad denied joining Indian Union and also enforced suppression against hoisting the tri-colour employing tyrannical army of Razakars. Anguished at not being allowed to hoist the national flag, the residents of Parkal and surrounding villages planned to raise the flag on September 2 to celebrate the Independence and gathered near a ground in Parkal. But an official of Nizams’ regime Ziauallah Khan cautioned the

Mulugu District

Mulugu is a district of Telangana formed on February 17, 2019 by bifurcating the Jayashankar Bhupalpally district. It is a newly formed district headquarters of Mulugu . It was a part of the Warangal district prior to the re-organization of districts in the state. It lies on NH 163. Mulugu district with headquarters in Mulugu, would be 3,031 square kilometers with a population of close to 3 lakh in about 335 habitations. Mulugu has one seat for state Assembly constituency. Eturu Nagaram ITDA (Integrated Tribal Development Agency) office created for tribal people is situated in Mulugu district. The majority of the villages and the hamlets including the city are the habitats of Scheduled Tribes (75%). The tribal community is Lambadi. Thus the majority of people of the city will communicate in the special tribal language, Lambadi or Banjara (60%). This language is one among the officially recognised dialects by the government of India. This language has no script and is

Surendrapuri

Surendrapuri is a museum located in Yadadri Bhvanigiri district. This is a unique one-stop destination where you can see epitome of cultural, artistic and sculptural excellence. Kunda Satyanarayana Kaladhamam, one-of-its-kind mythological theme park. The other major attractions of this place are Nagakoti (101-feet Shiva Linga) and a temple of Panchamukhi Hanuman with Panchmukha Shiva and Lord Venketaswara.  A 60-feet double-sided Panchamukhi Hanuman and Shiva statue at the entrance catches the attention of visitors. A unique Navgraha Temple places different navagrahas in the relative positions. Astounding Vedic knowledge has been put into building this temple. KUNDA SATYANARAYANA KALADHAMAM Kunda Satyanarayana Kaladhamam is a spiritual and mythological awareness center where one can relive the ancient Indian epics. Most of the historic temples of India are recreated here. Visit Sapta Lokas for the immense feel of serenity amidst the nature’s beauty. This brings vibrant f

Koyyur Jain Caves Nayanagulllu

The monolithic caves of Jain pantheon near Koyyur Village, Malharrao Mandal in the Jayashankar Bhupalpally district are set to hog the limelight with theForest Department making efforts to incorporate the structure into its ongoing eco-tourism programme. Situated on a hillock among scenic surroundings on the banks of river Manair, the caves stand out as an example of Indian rock-cut architecture. Hewn in solid sandstone precipice the caves testify the prevalence of Jainism in these parts during ancient times. Though the caves were found long ago, they remained uncared for. With an intention to draw public attention to these caves, Bhupalpally Forest Department officials are planning to lay pathways to ensure better connectivity to the caves called locally as ‘Nayanagulllu’. At a distance of two km there is a Nagulamma Temple which is frequented by devotees on weekends and on auspicious occasions. It is proposed to lay a pathway from the temple and from Mainar bridge near Adav

Devuni Gutta Temple

Devuni Gutta temple is located 2.5 km away from Kothur village, near Jangalapalli of Mulugu mandal in Mulugu district. It is only when one chats up with the villagers of Kothur that the temple is mentioned. The journey to reach this temple is as interesting as the temple itself. The temple is on a densely forested hill locally called ‘Devuni Gutta’. One has to walk from the village through a forest. About halfway up, the path becomes a water path — a stream or a rivulet that one can walk through. The watery path runs for a kilometre at least. Even as you enjoy the walk, you also get to see beautiful waterfalls at several places. Upon reaching the top of the hill, one comes upon this absolutely stunning temple with carvings on all four walls sitting snug within a lush green environ. It looks like it is made of bricks but up close one can see that the blocks are a mixture of sand and stone. Lime mortar was used for plastering. The carvings were made on these square and rectangle

Mallur Fort & Temple

Mallur Fort located in Mallur village, Mangapet Mandal, Mulugu district in Telangana, India is said to be bigger than Warangal and Golconda forts. A sprawling ancient fort in the region is the massive 8 km-radius fort wall with seven entry points dating back to the Satavahana period. Locally known as Mallur Fort, located 4 km inside the forests near Mallur village of Mangapet mandal, Jayashankar district, the fort is on the banks of the river Godavari adjacent to the Eturunagaram-Bhadrachalam highway. “Normally, forts are two to four km in radius. But this fort wall has a radius of about 8 km, much bigger than Warangal and Golconda forts. The famous Mallur Temple of Hemachala Lakshmi Narsimha Swamy is the most  ancient architectural divine ensemble which is located on the Mallur Ghat in the Mangapeta mandal of Jayashankar Bhupalpally district.  Situated in the beautiful mountain ranges on the southern bank of Godavari, this temple is famous for its Swayambhu deity with

Wazeed Bogatha Waterfall

Bogatha Waterfall is located in Koyaveerapuram G, Wazeed Mandal, Mulugu district, Telangana. The waterfall is said to be the second highest in Telangana State. A beautiful waterfall  s ituated in the dense forest region between Kaleswaram and Bhadrachalam, Bogatha falls is formed on Chikupally Vagu that merges with River Godavari. Situated amidst thick vegetation, Bogatha Falls is a favorite picnic spot for the residents of nearby villages. Dropping from a height of over 30 feet in several parallel streams, the water is collected into a large pool at the bottom of the falls. Swimming in the pool is a favorite activity here and swimming here is considered safe. There is a temple dedicated to Bogateswara Swamy near the temple. The upper part of the falls can be reached from the temple. As motorable road is not available, visitors need to trek for some distance. Visiting this waterfall gives an excellent opportunity to those who are interested in trekking and looking for a ch

Bhadrachalam

Bhadrachalam is a key town of Pilgrimage importance located in the  Bhadradri Kothagudem  District of Telangana.  The temple town of Bhadrachalam is situated on the banks of Godavari River. It was part of East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh till 1959. The town is synonymous for its famous temple devoted to Lord Rama.

Mettugutta Temple

Mettu Gutta (Rocksteps Hill) is a famous Hindu temple that is located in Madikonda. This place is also Known as Manigiri. The Linga in this temple has many similarities with Varanasi Visveswara. There are two temples on Mettu gutta. One temple is for Lord Shiva and other one is for Lord Sri Ram. Local people call this temple as Mettu Rama Lingeshwara swamy temple. Siva temple is constructed during the kaktiya regime. The temple is located on a hillock, there many small water bodies located with in the area, there are various rock formation which can be found near the site, which have very important significance. There are evidences that this temple is famous as early Vengi Chalukya dynasty period. Kings of Kakathiya dynasty established a fort in this place and build many temples in this hill during 1198 AD. There are is also a historical temple for Lord Sri Rama in this hill. Here the linga has emerged from ground in 45 degree angle and still raisin. The mountain top temple has a

Kotagullu or Ghanpur Temples

Ghanapuram in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district of Telangana is known for Kakatiya architecture and art. The temple complex is located on the north east corner of Ghanpur village in Mulugu mandal of Jayashankar Bhupalpally district. Ghanapuram village is located nearly 50 km from the district headquarters of Warangal and is accessible by road.

Kolanupaka Jain Temple

Kulpakji or Kolanupaka Jain Temple is at a distance of 83 km from Warangal and 81 km from Hyderabad, the 2000 years old Jain Temple of Mahavira is located in Kolanupaka village (also called as Kulpak) in Nalgonda district.  The temple is decorated with beautiful images of Tirthankaras and it's one of the important Jain pilgrimage sites in the country. It is also a popular place to visit around Warangal & Hyderabad. Kulpakji is an important pilgrimage center for Swetambara Jains of South India. According to the mythological legend, the main temple of Kolanupaka is said to have been built by Emperor Bharata, son of King Dushyanta and Queen Sakuntala. Jainism was prevalent in Telangana before the 4th century and Kolanupaka was one of the prominent centers of Jainism from early times. About 20 Jain inscriptions have been found there. It is said that Kolanupaka flourished as Jain center during the Rashtrakutas period. This temple has three main idols of Gods, called as Tirth

Govindarajula Gutta

Govindarajula Gutta is a holy place for the practitioners of the Hindu faith. A popular tourist attraction, there is a temple dedicated to Lord Ram at the top of the hill (‘Gutta’ in Telugu) while a temple in the name of the Lord’s most prominent devotee, Lord Hanuman is located under it. Steps that amount to a hundred in number are to be climbed in order to reach the top of the hill, and it is advisable to take extreme care as the steps are sculpted out of rock and quite risky to maneuver. During the Sree Rama Navami festival, Govindarajula Gutta sees its most popular period and throngs of devotees can be seen in the vicinity.  A huge Ratham (or Chariot) made of precious materials rests on top of the hill, and this is believed to have been built by the Hazaris of Warangal. http://www.yatrastotemples.com/sri-rama-temple-in-govindarajula-gutta-in-warangal/

Keesaragutta Temple

Keesaragutt Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Siva and his consorts Bhavani and Sivadurga at Keesaraguttain Rangareddy district. It is about 40 km from Hyderabad and 10 km from ECIL. It is located on a small hillock. The temple draws thousands of devotees on Shivaratri. Legend has it that Sri Rama installed the Siva lingam here to atone for the sin of killing Ravana, a Brahman. He selected this beautiful valley surrounded by hills and verdant greenery for the purpose and ordered Hanuman to bring a Sivlingam from Varanasi. Hanuman was late in arriving with the Siva lingam and as the auspicious hour was nearing, Lord Siva himself appeared before Sri Rama and presented a Sivilingam for installation. Hence the lingam in the temple is called Swayambhu Linga. It is also called Ramalingeswara as lord Sri Rama had installed the lingam. Hanuman returned with 101 lingams for selection from Varanasi and felt aggrieved at not having his lingam installed. Hence he threw them all over the

Kazipet Dargah

Syed Shah Afzal Biabani (1793 – 1856 A.D) was a Sufi from Warangal, Hyderabad State (now Kazipet 132 km from Hyderabad, India). He was appointed as Kazi of Warangal during the reign of Nizam Ali Khan (Asaf Jah II). His dargah is among the pilgrimage centers of Warangal, Telangana. His Shrine (Dargah) at Kazipet is 2 km from Kazipet Railway Station in Warangal District, which is famous world wide. People come from all parts of the world and from all religions to attend the urs celebrations every year. These celebrations are held for 3 days beginning on 26, Safar (second month of the Islamic calendar), every year they are attended by the large masses from India as well from abroad. Islamic scholars say there are only three such dargahs, coloured in green, in honour of great personalities - one in Baghdad, the other in Madina and the third one - here in Kazipet. Annually, people in large numbers throng this dargah and fulfil their promises and make new wishes. The word "Biabani"

Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary

Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at Eturnagaram village in the district of Mulugu, Telangana, India. About: It is known to be one of the oldest sanctuaries in Telangana. In the year of 1952, on 30th January, the erstwhile Hyderabad Government declared it as sanctuary for its rich bio-diversity. Most of the statuary place is plain and one fourth is hilly. Godavari River passes through the sanctuary. Distance: The distance of this Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary from Hyderabad is about 200 km and from Warangal about 55 km. Park specifications : It is coverage areas about 812 km,Here Tigers, Panthers, Gaur, Sambar,Cheetal, Nilgiri and Blackbuck are the main attraction of the park. Flora and Fauna  Flora: The Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary has teak and other related plants such as thiruman, maddi, bamboo, mdhuca, terminlia and pterocarpus. Fauna: A perennial water source is known as ‘DayyamVagu’ which separates into two halves. It is a place of Tigers, Leopards, Wol

Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary

Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary is located near Warangal by the boundary of Pakhal Lake so it was named on the name of lake. In the year of 1952, Kaktiyas constructed this lake. One who visits this sanctuary is like a visiting a Kingdom of wild animal. Here various trees are found like Teak, bamboo, Flacourtia, Bombax Ceiba, Garuga Pinnata, Bridelia Retusa, Adina Cordifolia and others. It is covered area of 860 sqkm. It is said to be one of beautiful places on the earth as has greener pastures. Especially during winter, plenty of migrated birds come over here. Animals like Tiger, Wild Dogs, Panthers, Storks, Foxes Hyena, Gaurs, Teals, Spotted Deer’s, Pythons, Jackals, Ducks, Sloth Bears, Nilgai, and Sambars. Best time to visit :   November – June Accommodation :  Forest Rest House provided by the Telangana Tourism Board which is comfortable for visitors. How to reach Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary:  By Road: Sanctuary is situated at a distance of 50-km from Warangal, Number of buses are availabl

Thousand Pillars Temple

The magni´Čücent temple of the thousand pillars at Hanamkonda  is one of the most important parts of the Warangal City. The temple was constructed in the 1162 - 1163 AD by the great  Prataparudradeva I/  Rudradeva and the deity is Rudreshwara Swamy, a personification of Lord Shiva. The temple has an old and long history and dates back to the Chalukyan era. Constructed in the 1163 AD by Rudra Deva, Thousand Pillar Temple in Hanamkonda is one of the finest specimens of Kakatiya architecture and sculp- ture. The temple depicts the typical Chalukyan style of architecture. While the gopuram (tower) was tragically knocked down by vandal invaders, the main structure itself has managed to survive the test of time. The pillars of the temple in particular are known for their detail, design, and resplen- dent polish. The temple base is a star shaped with three shrines devoted to Rudradeva (Siva), Vasude- va (Vishnu) and Surya (Sun). Siva’s shrine faces east and other shrines face south and wes

Pandava Caves

Pandava Caves or Pandava Guttalu situated in Thirumalagiri village, Regonda Mandal, Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Telangana, India. This is where the Pandavas spent their life in exile for a certain period of time. A chain of hillocks running north-south direction located about 50 kms from Warangal, 195 kms from Hyderabad, on Warangal-Mahadevpoor road and 3kms from Regonda are familliarly known as Pandava Guhalu (Caves) or Pandava Guttalu (Hills).  The name is derived due to potrayl of the story of Pandavas of Mahabharatha on one of the boulders. The shelters are locally knowns as Mekkabanda, Mugessabanda, Pandi Parvatha, Shakthi Parvatham, Jyothi Parvatham, Puli Parvatham abd Yanadula Guha, Eduru Pandavulu, Kuntidevi, Pancha Pandavlu etc. It is an unique Rock Art Site with continous human occupation right from prehistoric to Medieval times. There are a few natural paintings on these rocks, depicting the lifestyle and their hunting methods. The figures depicted in the paintings

Bheemuni Paadam Waterfalls

Bheemuni Paadam Waterfalls is situated in Seethanagaram Village, GUDUR Mandal, Mahabubabad in Telangana State, INDIA. At a distance of 10 km from Gudur Bus Stand, 55 km from Warangal, 88 km from Khammam Bus Station and 200 km from Hyderabad, hidden inside a dense forest, is a picturesque waterfall known as Bheemuni Paadam (Bheema’s step) The Bheemuni Padam waterfall came into limelight recently when determined tourists began making their way to it. At the Bheemuni Padam, water falls from a hillock from about 20 feet in a semi-circular enclosure. Apart from the sound of falling water, it is quiet all around. It has has not been conclusively established where the water comes from. Even when the flow is less, it is used to irrigate local fields. Visitors say the waterfall has lot of scope if facilities are provided and the tourism department markets the place. Lack of security is a concern since the area can get lonely. This place is so beautiful. It is ideal for family picnics. When sun