Kaleshwaram- Famous for Lord Shiva Temple

During our two day bike trip to North Telangana, we decided to cover some of the little offbeat places. Little did we know that this was going to be our most interesting bike trip.

Early mornings are always great starts. The weather is cool and the roads have little or no traffic. That’s the best time to get out of the city.

Our first destination was Medak. We saw the majestic church and then continued to Pocharam.

We then took the highway NH 44 and went straight to Dichpally Ramalayam. After a quick stop, we proceeded to Nirmal. We wanted to cover as much as possible in this trip. So, after having a look at the amazing paintings and toys there, we headed eastwards towards Mancherial. It was getting dark, but we decided to push our limits. We finally stopped at Chinnur. Its a very small place. It was dark and we were wondering if we would find an accommodation. We first found a basic dormitory and then looked for another one. Fortunately, we found a room in a small hotel, to spend the night and we thanked god for that.

Our next destination was Kaleshwaram. We asked the locals on how to go there. Generally, there are small boats available which takes bikes and cars across the Godavari river. Most people said that the water levels are low and boats are not operating. The other way was to go a longer way take a detour like a long U and reach the place.

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We decided to take our chance. Next day, we went to the river bed and saw no boats running. After dragging the bike for about an hour, we approached the river bank. Fortunately, we saw another bike ahead of us. Initially, we thought he must have some work at the bank. To our surprise, he didn’t stop. He crossed the river by driving through it! We folded our pants, opened our shoes and followed. This was quite an adventure. This was the first time, I was crossing a river by a bike.

After maneuvering through the narrow trail between fields, we were relieved to see a metalled road.

Soon, we reached the temple.

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Kaleshwaram is one of the most unique places of Telangana – for many reasons. It is situated very close to the border with Maharashtra. It is situated at the confluence of Godavari and its Pranahita tributary.

Kaleshwaram is famous for its Shiva temple, forming one of the trio – Trilinga Desham (land of three lingas). The other two temples are located in Srisailam and Draksharamam. Another unique aspect of the temple is that the Kaleshwaram Mukuteeshwara Swamy has two lingas in the same pedestal.

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According to local folklore, a Vaishya had performed an Abhisheka to Lord Kaleshwara Mukteswara with hundreds of milk pots, and the milk evolved at the sangamam of Godavari and Pranahita, hence the name Dakshina Gangotri.

The temple is also known for the Mukteeshwara linga for the hole that cannot be filled with water, because of its passage below that connects to River Godavari. Though it attracts pilgrims all over the year, it has lots of visitors during the month of Karthik (November / December) and during Shivaratri.

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Our journey was great and so was our last destination.
How to go – It is 277 kilometres from Hyderabad, 125 kilometres from Karimnagar, 115 kilometresfrom Warangal. Bus service is available from Hyderabad, Warangal, Karimnagar.
Eat – There are several eateries. The temple also serves prasadam.
Stay – There are several lodges and hotels to stay, including one operated by the TTD.

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