Keesaragutta Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Siva and his consorts Bhavani and Sivadurga at Keesaragutta inRangareddy district. it’s regarding 40 km from Hyderabad and 10 km from ECIL. it’s located on a small hill. The attracts thousands of devotees on Shivaratri.
History of Keesaragutta :
Legend has it that Sri Rama installed the Siva lingam here to atone for the sin of killing Ravana. He chosen this lovely valley surrounded by hills and abundant greenery for the aim and ordered Hanuman to bring a Sivlingam from Varanasi. Hanuman was late in arriving with the Siva lingam and because the auspicious hour was nearing, Lord Siva himself appeared before Sri Rama and presented a Sivilingam for installation. thus the lingam in the temple is called Swayambhu Linga. it’s also called Ramalingeswara as lord Sri Rama had installed the lingam.
Hanuman came with 101 lingams for choice from Varanasi and felt aggrieved at not having his lingam installed. thus he threw all over the area. Even to this day many lingams area unit found scattered everywhere the place outside the temple.
To mollify Hanuman, Sri Rama ordained that precedence would be given to him for worship at the temple. He also said that the mound wherever the lingam was installed would bear his name kesarigiri i.e., Hanuman, the son of Kesari. Over a period of time, it’s become corrupted and is currently known as Keesara and also the hill as Keesaragutta. Ever since, the rituals follow the command of Sri Rama.
Exploration and Excavations were conducted by the archeological department in the surroundings of Keesaragutta Temple. many Remnants of Brick structures and Shiva Lingas were found on the hill north of the temple and a slopy hill near the water resource. The remnants belonged to Vishnukundin Empire reign. Fortification walls, Yaga shala and Prayer hall’s were excavated here. Some indication remnants and rock cut cisterns were found on the hills as an indication of Jainism and Buddhism Flourished con briefly.
Keesaragutta or Keesara Ramalingeshwara Swamy Temple is a popular journeying destination located nearby Hyderabad. The Keesaragutta Temple is located in Keesara village, that is regarding 30 km away from Hyderabad.
In ancient times the village ‘Keesara’ was known by the name Gatika. Gatika was a famous institution in the 3rd century AD. many ruined shrines exhibiting the Gupta style of architecture were excavated from this space, which may be dated back to the 5th century AD. The temple was restored recently.
Since Ramalingeshwara Swamy Temple is placed atop a hill (gutta), it’s known as as Keesaragutta Temple. per legend, the most god at Ramalingeshwara Swamy Temple was consecrated by Lord Rama and god Sita in Tretayuga, as per the advice of the sages and saints of Gatika, to clean away the sin of Brahma Hatya that occurred due to the assassination of Ravanasura (Ravana).
The linga of the presiding god of Keesaragutta Temple, Lord Ramalingeshwara, is believed to be the manifestation of Lord Shiva himself. There are 101 lingas of varied heights inside the temple complicated, that are believed to be installed by Lord Hanuman.
As per traditional knowledge, one who prays these 101 Shivalingas would get blessings of all 330 million gods. there’s also a large sculpture of Lord Hanuman near Keesara Gutta Temple. The temple is visited by pilgrims during the auspicious days of Karthik and Magha months.
There is a museum near Keesara Ramalingeshwara Swamy Temple, wherever various articles excavated from the region is exhibited. The festivals conducted at Keesara Gutta Temple are Maha Shivaratri, Shiva Kalyanam, Sri Ramanavami, Hanuman Jayanthi and Ramalingeshwara Brahmotsavam.
Keesaragutta Temple Timing: 5.00 am – 12.00 pm
4.00 pm – 8.00 pm
How to Reach Keesaragutta
Keesara is a Town in Keesara Mandal in Rangareddy District in Andhra Pradesh State in India. Keesara is Main Town for the Keesara Mandal. Keesara is 75.9 km distance from its District Main City Rangareddy. And 35 km distance from its State Main City Hyderabad.
Keesara is about 35 kms from Hyderabad. It has proper roads and driving direction is pretty easier. Andhra Pradesh state run APSRTS offers bus services from Jubilee Bus Station, Secunderabad and Imliban bus station and Koti.