The Mukteshwara Swamy Temple is uniquely significant because of the two Shiva Lingas found on a single pedestal. They are named Lord Shiva and Lord Yama; collectively known as Kaleshwara Mukteswara Swamy.
Kaleshwaram is one of the places of the three Shiva temples mentioned in Trilinga Desham (Land of Three Lingams), another name for Telugu speaking region, the Andhra Pradesh, the other two being Draksharamam and Srishailam. This place is also called Dakshina Triveni Sangamam, as two rivers meet here along with a third, the illusionary flow of Antarvaahini. It is said that a long time back one of the Vaishyas had performed an abhisheka to Kaleshwara Mukteswara with hundreds of milk pots and the milk evolved at the sangamam of Godavari and Pranahita. Hence the name Dakshina Gangotri (the other being Allahabad, or Prayaga)
Skanda Purana, the text which is considered to be one of the largest of the Mahapuranas devotes verses and chants describing the Lilas or activities of Karthikeya, the son of Shiva and Parvati. In the process it also describes several legends on Shiva. One of the most famous narratives is about the Jyotirlingas or the holy shrines associated with Lord Shiva. The Kaleshwara Mukteshwara Swamy temple therefore finds vivid reference in the narratives of the Skanda Purana.
One can also find Kakatiyas architecture in Kaleshwaram Temple. The big Shiva Linga in the Temple premises is similar to the structure of Shiva Linga in Ramappa Temple.
A large number of tourists arrive during the Karthika Month(November 16-December 15) of the Indian Calendar and Maha Shiva Ratri.
Special Attractions of Sri Kaleshwara Mukteswara Swamy Temple Kaleshwaram:
– The dual lingams of Lord Yama and Lord Shiva
– Fish sculpture
Dharshan Timings At Kaleshwaram muktheswara swamy Temple
The ticket price for Abhishekam of Kaleshwara+Mukthiswara is Rs.300/- (Three Hundred only). If any body wishes for Laksha Bilwapatri pooja then the Dewasthanam persons should be intimated atleast a month in advance.
The timings of the temple is from 4 AM till 1 PM and again from 3:30 PM to 9 PM. The temple will be locked from all the sides between 1 PM and 3:30 PM.
How To Reach Kaleshwaram muktheswara swamy Temple?
Regular bus services from both Warangal,Karimnagar and Manthani are available provided by APSRTC. From Hanamkonda the frequency of buses is once in 30 minutes with the first bus at 4:30 AM and last bus at 8 PM.
From Kaleshwaram to Hanamkonda, the frequency is also once in 30 minutes with first bus at 4:30 AM and last bus at 8 PM.
Also some buses ply from Manthani (which is at a distance of 32km), Godavarikhani, and Peddapalli.