to ! the mental anguish vanished like the mist before the rising
Sun. Moreover, he was informed in his dream by Lord Siva Himself
that He had been lying in the form of linga under water. He was
to take it out and install in a fitting shrine for regular public
worship. He carried out the divine injunction forthwith and named
the linga as Rajarajeswaraswamy linga. Later the tank acquired
unprecedented fame, for, it absolved the mahapapas of celestials and
sages too; Devendra was rid of the sin of killing Vritasura etc.
Very many legends were woven round it eulogizing the glory of
Rajarajeswar and the holy tank. It is said that one gets emancipated
by mere mentioning it even. It is a premier Saiva kshetra, although
there are many Aalayas for other celestial dignitaries here. There
are as many as twenty two Sivalingas, and each has a fascinating
legend of its own. The Sivalinga installed in Bhimeswaraalayam is
highly powerful and it demonstrated many Sivalilas. The other
temples lure the bhaktas equally well. Though ancient, they are
maintained properly. Hence the attraction perennial.
lies in the little town of Vemulavada at a distance of 25 km to
Karimnagar, the district head quarters town of the same name in the
state of Andhra Pradesh.