Edupayala Durga Bhavani Gudi – The Temple of the Seven Streams of Manjeera River

Edupayala Durga Bhavani Temple

Edupayala Durga Bhavani Temple – Image Source: edupayaladurgamma.com

Edupayala Durga Bhavani Gudi is located at the confluence of seven streams. The shrine of Durga Bhavani which is the presiding deity of the temple is the most beautiful in the area. It is also known to be the most famous and powerful in the whole of Telangana area.

Located in Nagasanpalli in the Papannapet Mandal in the Medak District it is situated at a distance of 19 km from the Medak town. The temple is the meeting point of seven streams which makes a beautiful backdrop. As the waters flow in from seven directions they enter the temple from an opening and into the feet of Durga Bhavani who presides in the temple. It provides for an idyllic setting and a must visit temples of Telangana

There is a legend associated with the temple that can be traced back to the Mahabharata. It is said that Janamejeya, grandson of the third Pandava prince Arjun, in order to save his father Parikshit, from a curse, performed the “Sarpa yagam” a ritual which involved sacrificing snakes into the sacrificial fire to end their race. The snakes, in an attempt to save themselves, invoked Ganga, to flush out the sacrificial fire and end the ‘SarpaYagam’. Ganga arrived and divided the River Manjeera into seven little streams that flowed in to touch the feet of Goddess Bhavani or Vana Durga located in the sanctum of the temple built at the point where these 7 streams merge. Till today the river flows in seven little streams originating in Ghanapur and forming a confluence near the Edupayala Durga Bhavani Temple.

Edupayala Durga Bhavani Temple

Extrance to Edupayala Durga Bhavani Temple – Image Source: edupayaladurgamma.com

The Edupayala Durga Bhavani Temple is made famous by the Edupayal Jathara (famous Jatharas of Telangana) that is held during Shivratri. It is a 3 day event and witnesses a participation of around 30 lakh devotees who throng to the temple to seek the blessings of Bhavani Mata and cleanse their sins. The Jathara is famous not only among Devotees in Telangana but also draw people from neighboring Karnataka and Maharashtra.

The water from the seven rivulets,  that are named after seven ancient sages, namely Vasishta, Jamadagni, Viswamitra, Goutami, Bharadwaja, Atreya and Kasyapasa is considered to hold purifying powers. People take a holy bath in the waters to cleanse their sins. This is a very important part of the festival. The administration, in order to facilitate the devotees in taking their customary bath, releases extra water into the Ghanapur project.

Edupayala Durga Bhavani Temple

Garbagudi of Edupayala Durga Bhavani Temple – Image Source: edupayaladurgamma.com

The road from Hyderabad leading to the Edupayala Durga Bhavani Temple passes through lush green fields and dense overgrowth of vegetation. The fresh, pure air acts as a purifier and cleanses one from within in preparation for entering the holy sanctorum. The Durga Bhavani temple is an embodiment of human faith in the powers of the almighty.

Special attractions:
– In addition to the Edupayala Jathara which is held during Shivrathri the Durga Bhavani temple is also famous for the other festivals that are held here namely, the Navarathri Uchavalu and the Magama Amvasya.

Temple Timing: 
– The temple is open from 5:30am to 6:30pm on all weekdays.
– On Sundays, the temple is open from 5.00 am to 7.00 pm.

Location: At the confluence of seven streams of Manjeera River which 19 Kms from Medak Town.

Distance:
– Distance from MGBS Hyderabad is 112 Kms
– Distance from Medak Town is 19 Kms

Crowd at Edupayala Jathara

Crowd at Edupayala Jathara – Image Source: edupayaladurgamma.com

How to reach:
– Located at a distance of 112km from Hyderabad, the Durga Bhavani Gudi is well connected by road. Buses and private taxis are easily available. The 2 hour journey from Hyderabad is through idyllic locales and creates a soothing effect on the mind.
– One can use public bus facility from Hyderabad to reach Edupayala Durga BHavani Temple.
– State run buses ply from Hyderabad MGBS bus stand to Medak every 40 min to 1 hour. From Medak, tourists can easily avail private transport or public.

Where to Stay:
– Basic accommodation is made available to pilgrims. It is advisable to carry your own water and food supplies. Pilgrims can also construct makeshift tents close to the temple premises for spending the nights.
– Medak Town also provides ample accommodation options that are clean, comfortable and affordable. Moreover, being quite close to Hyderabad, tourists can also travel to Medak on day trips from Hyderabad.
– At Medak Anjagoud Hotels, Green Corner Hotel and Manama Hotel are some of the best accommodation options which can be explored
– Tourists can also stay in comfortable accommodations in Hyderabad and travel to Edupayala to visit the temple.

Nearby Tourist Attractions:
Pocharam Dam Reservoir
Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary
Medak Fort
Medak Cathedral
– Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Rangampet village
– Narasimha Swamy Temple, Jakkannapet
– Sidha Rameshwara Temple, Medak

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