Komuravelli Mallikharjuna Temple

About The Temple

Introduction To The Komuravelli Mallikharjuna Temple

The Komuravelli Mallikharjuna Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located on the Indrakeeladri hill in Komuravelli village, which is located in the Warangal District, of the state of Telengana, earlier a part of Andhra Pradesh. The Mallikharjuna Temple is inside a cave that us on the hillock near Siddipet on Karimnagar–Hyderabad, NH-7, popularly known as Rajiv Rahadari. It is about 110 Kms from Warangal town. The temple is believed to be more than five hundred years old.

Profound cultural and religious connection

The komuravelli mallikarjuna temple warangal is one of the prominent Siva temples in the northern Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh. There is no written script or evidence about the history of this temple. What is learnt is through songs that are sung in praise of the Lord Mallikarjuna through the Oggu Katha. Hence it is an ancient oral tradition that is behind the religious and cultural significance of this temple.

According to the Oggu Katha, Swamy Mallanna of Komuravelli took great troubles to fulfill the condition of brothers of the goddess Medallamma in order to marry her. The condition was to obtain the bandari, hard turmeric or roots of turmeric that is known in the local language as pasupu kommulu. Goddess Medallamma is also called Bramarambika is thus known as the wife of Lord Shiva. This Komuravelli Mallanna is the famous Komuravelli Mallikarjuna. Main devotees of the Komuravelli Mallanna are from Kuruma Golla and Kapu communitites who sing the Oggu Katha.

According to oral traditions of the region, God Mallanna or Malia Reddy is said to have been Kapu by caste. It is said that Mallanna was born to Mali Chemata, the second favorite of Lord Siva. According to the lore, Lord Mallikharjun married Gollakethamma belonging to the Yadava community and Medalamma belonging to the Linga Balija community after which he settled in Komuravelli. In keeping with the cultural and religious sentiment, it is members of these two communities who are at the head of all rituals.

Presiding deity of the temple

The komuravelli mallikarjuna telangana temple is dedicated to the fierce-looking deity of Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy who is an incarnation of Lord Shiva. This deity is seated with Kethamma and Medalamma on either side. This deity of the Komuravelli Mallikarjuna is also referred to as the Komuravelli Mallanna by the devotees, whose adventures the Oggu Katha narrates.

Detials of the Mallikarjuna idol

The Mallikarjuna Swamy is a fierce looking idol who is flanked by Kethamma and Medalamma on either side. The uniqueness of the idol of this temple is that though it represents an incarnation of Lord Shiva, there is no linga in the temple. The Lord here appears in his vigraha rupam or as a statue and not in his usual linga rupam.

The deity is made of clay and has a big moustache and his body is blue in color like the Nilkantan Shiva who swallowed the poison to save the universe from destruction by poison. The idol has four hands holding the serpent and the trident with the upper two hands and a bowl and a stick in his lower hands. The base of the idol had three skulls near the foot of Lord Mallikarjuna, while serpents also decorate the base.

Other deities of worship

Since the shrine of Lord Mallikharjuna is situated inside a cave, there are no shrines for any other deity with within the temple complex. But the two consorts of the Lord Mallanna and Gollakethamma are seated on his sides who are equally worshipped by devotees of the Lord Mallikharjuna. Since the Mallikharjuna is an incarnation of Lord Shiva, there is a nandi bull in the prescient, the divine vehicle of the Lord who is revered by his devotees too.

Daily worship rituals

The komuravelli mallikarjuna temple timings every day for the general public is from 6 am to 8.30 pm. But even before the temple doors open, rituals are performed that begin at 4.30 with the traditional Oggu prarthana. Following this, there is the suprabatham abhishekam at 5.00 am which continues for another half an hour after which the temple doors are opened to the public for at 6.00 am. At noon sharp there is the dwara bhandanam after which the maha nivedanan is done behind the closed doors for the Lord to have lunch and rest during the afternoon. It reopens at 3.00 pm and remains open till 8.30 pm for darshan to the public.

Special occasion for celebration

The Komuravelli Mallikharjuna is the incarnation of Shiva which makes Shivaratri a very special occasion to be celebrated here. Devotees believe in the readiness of the Lord to answer their prayers while worshiping with true fervor. This makes them flock in hundreds or thousands to the temple on this special day. The pedda patnam is the ritual that is celebrated on the on the occasion of Maha Sivaratri where they participate to seek his benevolence and blessings.

Makara Sankranti is another major event and festival that is celebrated at Komuravelli as the Komuravelli Mallanna Brahmotsavam. It is held in the month of January when the whole of the state celebrates this auspicious occasion by offering special puja and homage to the Lord Shiva as the Supreme protector. Devotees flock in here not only from the state of Telangana but also from other states as well in thousands. On both the occasions devotees fast and also offer special puja which are made possible through the temple administration.

The special hill pilgrimage

Lord Shiva is one of the Hindu Triad who is engaged in both protection as well as destruction. Though Brahma is the Creator and Vishnu the preserver, it is Shiva who controls both these two aspects through the Shiva-Shakti that is the duality and the sum total of the masculine and feminine forces in nature. The komuravelli mallikarjuna puja is a part of the homage that the devotee pays to this Supreme power. Moreover, the clay idol in this temple is believed to have been installed by the Divinity himself which makes a pilgrimage to this hill country of Komuravelli a very significant aspect in the spiritual life of a Hindu.

How To Reach

Although a remote village in the Warangal district of Telangana, Komuravelli is well connected to all the major cities of the state by bus service.

 

  • There are direct bus services from Siddipet that is 22 kms away and Warangal town that is 110 kms far.
  • Hanmakonda via the towns Jangaon, Buchannapet, Cherial is 98 kms away by bus.
  • Nizamabad too is distant being 158 kms from Komuravelli with the bus route running through the towns of Kamareddy, Ramayampet, Siddipet, Dodada.
  • The nearest railway station Janagam is about 45 kms from the temple. If you wish to travel by train to reach the temple, you can avail of train services from the three major junctions Hyderabad, Secunderabad and Guntur from which there are train services to Janagam. From the station you will get buses that will take you to Komuravelli.
  • The nearest airport to Komuravelli is the Shamshabadh Airport of Hyderabad which is 85 kms.

In case you wish to travel to the temple by hired vehicles, there are travel agents in Hyderabad who will arrange for it with a waiting and return packages from Komuravelli.

 

Nearby Attractions

There are quite a few famous temples that are around Komuravelli that are worth visiting when you are on a pilgrimage to the Mallikharjuna temple.

  • Sri Bhadrakali Devasthanam in Warangala town is dedicated to the Bhadrakali form of the mother goddess Kail. The temple is stated to be in place and worshipped by the Chluyka dynasty since the 7th C.E.
  • Mallikharjuna Swamy Devasthanam Ayinavolu ? Mallikharjuna Swamy Devasthanam Ayinavolu too stems back to the 7th C.E. and is said to be developed by the Kakatiyas in the 8th C.E. here too Lord Mallikharjuna is fierce in his appearance and holds a sword and a vessel of blood in his two jhands and the shulam and the damru in the other two hands.
  • Sri Sammakka Saralamma Jathra of Medaram is a spot where the Goddesses Sammakka and Saralamma are said to have attained martyrdom in the battle against the Kakatiya ruler Prathaparudra. The place enacts the event as a Jathra every year and the governemtn has declared it to be a state festival.
  • Sri Veera Bhadra Swamy Devasthanam of Kurval dates back to the Chalukya dynasty and is also mentioned by Marco Polo. The presiding Lord Verrabhdra appearsin his fierce form with three eyes and ten hands.
  • Sri Swayambhu Temple in Warangal was a place where the Kakatiya rulers worshiped Lord Swayambhu or the self-incarnated Lord.

 

History Of Temple

The komuravelli mallikarjuna temple history is said to date back five hundred years in time when the Lord Mallikharjuna himself appeared to a certain shepherd. In his dream the Lord informed the shepherd that he had formed the hill on which he was placing the clay image for his devotees. The image was found to be in a cave and has been worshiped by the tribes ever since. The temple is bound to local communities of the Kuruma Golla and Kapu, the daughters of which the Lord is married to. It is these two communities who have also developed the oral tradition of the Oggu Katha and spread the tradition around.

As the number of devotees of the Lord increased, the local administration started taking the initiative to develop the temple precincts and renovate its different parts. The state government’s Endowments Department is in charge of repairing mandapamas and the choultries as well as maintaining the rest rooms and water here.

At present, the temple has a well-organized administration that not only conducts the puja patha here but also conducts various savas for the devotees who throng here. There is a well-maintained list of sevas rendered and their respective rates. There is also the facility of offering puja services online for those who are unable to visit the temple in person. Since the Lord is related to local communities, the members of Kuruma Golla and Kapu are responsible for all ritualistic affairs and service to the Lord.