Mahabubnagar Travel Information
Mehbubnagar is southern district of Hydrabad stat under Nizam and bordered with river krishna in the south and surrounded by the Nalgonda, Hydrabad, Kurnool, Raichur and Gujbarg districts. Mahbubnagar town is located at a distance of 96 km from Hydrabad.
Alampur:According to tradition there are four door ways to Srisailam. These entrances are themselves places of pilgrimage. To the east is Tripurantakam, to the South is Siclcihavattam, to the North is Umamaheshwar and to the west is Aiampur.
The most famous temples here are the Nava Brahma Temples, a group of nine temples built by the Chalukyas.
The Nava Brahma temples of Aiampur are situated within a miniature fortress on the west bank ot River Tungabhaclra. On either side of the main entrance are temples of goddess Kamakshi and Ekamreshwari.
These temples are adorned with intricate carvings portraying beautiful work of sculpture of Gods and Goddess in various forms and postures. About 1.6 km south of Alampur is Papanasam, another pilgrim center where there is a cluster ot over 20 temples. Alampur is located 130 kms from Mahabubnagar & 21"7 kms from Hyderabad.
Jetprole: Located 9 kms from Kollapur & 158 kms from Mahabubnagar, this place is famous for the ancient.
Agasthyesvara Swamy temple built between the 10th & 16th century A.D. Festivals like Sivarathri, Kartikha Pournami, Masa Sivarathri and Toll Ekadasi are celebrated with great fervour.
This temple was shifted to Jetprole when the Krishna water threatened to submerge the villages after the construction of the Srisailam dam.
Another temple 15 kms from Kollapur is the Madana Gopala Swamy temple built by the Rajas of Jetprole during the 16th century A.D. The pillars beams, and the walls of the temple are richly adorned with beautiful sculpture.
Srirangapur: Srirangapur is situated at a distance of 12kms from Wanaparthy which is 100 kms from Mahabubnagar. Here you find Sri Ranganayakaswamy temple built during the 18th century A.D.
According to a legend once Krishnadeva Ray a visited Srirangam and desired to construct Sri Ranganayakaswamy temple in his kingdom. On that night he dreamt that Sri Ranganayakaswamy told him that he is at some place in his kingdom and an eagle would lead Krishnadeva Ray a to that place.
Next day the king followed the eagle and found Sri Ranganayakaswamy's idol between the Kothakota & Karapakala hills. The temple was built on the bund of Rama Pushpakarni lake.
Pillalamarri: The most interesting place to see in Mahabubnagar is the famous banyan tree called Pillalamarri which is about 4 kms from the town. There is a tomb of a Muslim saint under the tree. From a distance the tree presents the appearance of a small hillock with green foliage but on reaching closer it looks like a large green umbrella under which at least a 1000 people can easily take shelter.
It is a 700 years old banyan tree and its branches extend over an area of 3 acres. In Telugu "pillalu" means children & "marri" means a banyan tree. Hence Pillalamarri means banyan tree with children.
There is also an aquarium, small zoo and an archeological museum to visit. There is boating facility in the 7premises of Pillalamarri available only during the rainy season.
Kollapur: The Madhava Swamy temple at Kollapur was originally built by the Rajas of Jetprole during the 16th century A.D. on the left bank of River Krishna, at Manchalakatta. The architecture of the temple is exceedingly beautiful.
All around the temple walls the beautifully carved sculptures depict the 24 aspects of Vishnu and the Dasa-Avatars of Vishnu. Various pillars supporting the Mandapa, the Garudalaya add beauty to the temple complex.
Due to the submergence under the Srisailam project reservoir, this temple was shifted and transplanted at Kollapur. This temple is located 180 kms from Hyderabad and 110 kms from Kurnool & Mahabubnagar.
Somasila: Situated 120 kms from Mahabubnagar and 10 kms from Kollapur is the Someswara Swamy temple. There are 15 temples all housing the Shivalingas. Shivarathri & Karthika Pournami are celebrated with much fervour.
The Pushkar snanam duringthe Krishan pushkaram which occurs once in 12 years is auspicious. The temple was shifted from old Somasila village to higher contours to protect it from being drowned in Krishna waters. With beautiful surroundings it is also an ideal picnic spot.