as Dakshinakasi for its temple, as famous as Kasi Visweswaralayam and the
Kasibugga thirtha, as holy as Ganges water lying in its vicinity, this ancient
Saiva kshetra also contains a. great temple for Veeranarayanaswamy. Does this
not testify that there exists commendable harmony between Hari-Hara ? And is it
not a sad reflection of the vested interests that have created barriers to
glorifying their ego? The sthalapurana extols the fame of the kshetra in
glowing terms, as it was variously
called like Bimbavathipura, Somasekharapura, Vyakhyananagar etc., due to the
glorious position it enjoyed from time to time. This was a famous Jaina kshetra
also and some of its relics are still found in many places.
Veeranarayanaswamy temple lies in the heart of the town arid faces north. Built
in the Vesara style, it has all the indispensable parts, but they are in
dilapidated conditions, and anxiously looking for devout philanthropists to
restore it to its former exalted position. Its architecture and sculpture
resembles to Chalukyan art and are very superb in design, proportion and
perfection. It contains excellent images of Kodandarama, Bhairavamurti and
Saptamatrukas. Its Veerrdanarayanaswamy icon holds in his hand bow signifying
valour and readiness to supress adharma; for, safety and perpetuation of its
bygone past, some icons are preserved in the museum now. There is a belief
current here that this was a Jain temple in the beginning and was converted into
Hindu shrine later. Its inscriptions and some icons lend credence to this view.
The annual festival of the Lord falls in Chaitra masa and lures huge crowds, who
turn this Saiva kshetra into Vaishnava.
lies 25 km off Bhuvanagiri and 50 km to Hyderabad enjoying all transport