Kaleshwara Mukteswara Swamy Temple

History

About Temple -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. As mentioned in Trilinga Desham the place of three Shiva temples is called as Kaleshwaram, Draksharamam and Srishailam. As two rivers Godavari and Pranahita meet here along with a third, the illusionary flow of Antarvaahini this place is also called as Dakshina Triveni Sangamam. It is said that a long ago 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. This palce is also famous foe celabrating festivals like Karthika Month and Maha Shiva Ratri. At karthika month people first take a holy bath here and then visit Lord Ganesha, then pray to Lord Yama and then to Lord Shiva. The temple whichis also famous for Laksha Bilwapatri Pooja should be booked at least one month in advance.
Two types of prasadam are inside the temple: Pulihora (Tamarind rice) and Laddu (sweet). This place is very popular for after funeral events like kashi. People believe that this is second kashi in India.

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Jayashankar ,Telangana, India

Events

Receiving food in this shrine itself is locked upon as a service to the Goddess. The devotees are served food twice a day. The sprawling dinner all can accommodate a thousand at a time. The kitchen is well furnished and well maintained. Separate personnel appointed for the purpose look after this arrangement. On the day Rashipooja, i.e. Meena Sankramana and on the day of hoisting the Temple flag marking the beginning of the annual festival, i.e. Mesha Sankramana, the ‘Balimoorthi’, the processional idol, is placed before the immense quantity of rice heaped on coconut leaves and worshipped. The rice thus sanctified is then distributed as ‘Prasad’ among a large number of devotees. It is estimated that about ten lakh devotees get fed annually. There are two separate services called Annadana and Maha Annadana in which devotees can participate as patrons.

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