the three Saiva kshetras forming the boundaries of the Trilingadesa
that blessed its people with rich Telugu language, Kaleswaram is
one, the others being Draksharamam and Sri Kalahasti. It is a famous
thirtha kshetra abounding in many holy temples dedicated to both
Vaishnavates and Saivate gods, like Venkateswara Aalayam, Bindu
Madhavaswamy Aalayam, Chandrasekhara Aalayam, Someswara Aalayam,
Saraswati Aalayam, Adi Muktiswara Aalayam; Annapurna Aalayam and
lies on the southern bank of Godavari and moreover Pranahita, a
tributary joins Godavari here and hence deemed very sacred and
called Dakshina Kasi. Another plus point it claims is - it is at the
confluence of three states - Andhra, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
Its legendary importance too is exceedingly great. Skanda purana
eulogises its glory elaborately. Sri Rama is said to have visited
this place. There are certain oddities in this Aalayam.
two Sivalingas - Kaleswaralinga and Mukteeswaralinga are installed
on one and the same Panavatta;
it is a rare feature; two, there are two holes on the
Mukteeswaralinga that could never be filled with whatever quantity
of water poured into them; three, there are some signs of Buddhist
traditions in this Sivalaya and finally it is believed that there is
an underground passage that takes the water to Godavari.
Kaleeswaralinga receives agrapuja always. Above all, this temple
houses many rare images, like Surya, Matsya and Brahma. Saivagama
puja is offered regularly.
such unique features, this ancient kshetra is luring a steady stream
of devotees throughout the year.
lies about 30 km off Manthana in Karimnagar district of Andhra
Pradesh commanding all transport facilities.