The Adilabad district has many historical religious pilgrimages. These ancient temples have many fascinating stories of its existence and brings up the faith in devotees who visit these temples and this is the reason were many pilgrims are attracted and encouraged by to visit these holy places often on the regular basis in general to do some rituals which are followed from years ago. One such religious temple in Adilabad district is The Gudem Satyanarayana Swamy Temple.
The Gudem Satyanarayana Swamy Temple is located in the Gudem Gutta, it is the hillocks in Gudem village of Adilabad district. The devotees climb up steps to reach the Sri Satyanarayana Swamy Temple.
Gudem village is situated on the banks of river Godavari bordering Karimnagar and Adilabad districts. It is located about 61kms from Karimnagar, 3Kms from Rayapatnam, 7Kms from Luxettipet, 32Kms from Mancherial.
Gudem Sri Satyanarayana Swamy temple is popularly known as ‘Annavaram of Telangana region’. The temple from the beginning has acquired such prominence as the temple upholds the regular poojas and other rituals conducted same as the Annavaram Devasthanam, which is one of the most ancient temple and most famous religious shrines of India.
The People who cannot go to the Annavaram Temple, come to Gudem Satyanarayana Swamy temple to do Sri Sathyanarayana Swami vratham and other rituals at the temple.
Many people come to Gudem Temple specially during the Karthik Masam that is during the month of October and November. During these auspicious days the devotees take holy dip in the Godavari River and go to the temple to do Sri Sathyanarayana Swami vratham and rituals at the temple. Not only on this particular month, but also on every full moon day of each month, many numbers of pilgrims come to participate in the vrathams.
The Gudem Gutta also comprises the Lord Ayyappa Abhinava Shabarimala temple. This temple has equal importance to The Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala. Devotees who cannot travel all the way from Telangana to Kerala come to this temple and offer their prayers and get blessings from Lord Ayyappa Swamy at Gudem.
On the other side of the River Godavari, The Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple is situated in Dharmapuri of Karimnagar district. Both the Sri Satyanarayan Swamy Temple and the Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple are located on either side of the Godavari river. These two temples are connected to each other with a low-level bridge in Rayapatnam located at a distance of three km from Gudem. In general, people from different place and from Karimnagar district come to visit these two holy places on either sides of the Godavari river to worship and offer their prayers.