Keesara Ramalingeshwara Swamy temple is just 30 kilometres away from Hyderabad. Ramalingeshwara Swamy temple is situated at a small village, Keesara, which is also known as Keesara Gutta.
According to Archeologists, this place was called as ‘Gatika in ancinet days, and it was a great educational institution in the third century. The Keesara temple is on a hill, which is also called as Keesara Gutta (Gutta is a hill in Telugu). This Ramalingeshwara temple has a great history as it is existing since time immemorial.
History or Legend of Ramalingeshwara Swamy Temple:
Keesara has a great cultural backdrop as this place has several number of ruined shrines in the Guptas architecture dated of the fifth century.
The presiding Deity, Ramalingeswara Swamys temple was ruined and renovated recently. We can see a giant Hanuman idol near the temple. We can also see the results of excavations held here, in the Museum.
In Thretha Yuga Lord Sri Ram along with his wife Sita and Lord Hanuman were searching a means to get rid of Ramas sin (Brahmana Hatya Paapam) – killing the demon Ravanasura who is a brahmin and a great devotee of Lord Parameshwara. Lord Rama met some great Saints and Sages in Gatika (Keesara) who advised him to consecrate a Shiva Lingam.
Lord Sri Ram requested Hanuman to bring a Shiva Lingam. By Hanumans kind request and worship, Lord Siva manifested before him in the form of 101 Sivlings. But, it was too late as it was not an auspicious time. Then, Lord Rama prayed to Lord Siva and Lord Shiva manifested as Sivalinga Before Sri Ram. Sri Ram and Seeta consecrated tha Shiva Linga and prayed to the Lord with utmost devotion to remove their sin.
But, Lord Hanuman was unhappy and lost his nigraha (calmness) and darted away those 101 shivlingas. By understanding the anger of Hanuman, Lord Sri Ram gave a boon to Hanuman that who prays 101 Shivalingas, darted by Hanuman, would get blessings of all 33 crores Devatas (Gods).
Significance of 101 Shiva Lingams:
Among these Shiva lingas, some are of upto 1 meter. Several legends say that these lingas indicate the life and fertility. The lingas have a base structure which represents the womb.
Most Important Festivals:
MahaShivaratri, Shiva Kalyanam, Sri RamaNavami, Hanuman Jayanthi, Ramalingeshwara Brahmotsavam and festivals and auspicious days of the Karthik month (Karthika Masam) and Magh month (Magha maasam) are the important festivals celebrated here.
How to reach Keesara Gutta?
Keesara is just about 30 kilometers from Hyderabad. We can reach Keesara Gutta by a short drive of 30 minutes from Hyderabad by road. Frequent buses are there from Jubilee Bus Station, Secunderabad and from Imliban Bus Station, Hyderabad.
Other Temples in Ramalingeshwara Swamy Temple complex and around Keesara Gutta
When we enter in dwajasthambam is seen and inside we see Goddess Bhavani matha in separate sanctum and as we procced further we see Anjaneya Swamy with Siva linga in front.
Ganapathi, Lord Subramanya with Valli Devasena are seen to the sides of main door of Main sanctum.
Inside the main sanctum, Siva Lingam known as Ramaligeswara Swamy is seen with a sculpture of Siva at the back of Lingam. As we come out there is a small sanctum Goddess Durga Devi is seen.
Outside the Siva temple there is Sthala Vruksham with Naga Devatha under it.
Now we come to another hall like thing with Dwajasthambam in front. Here we see Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy and opposite of the sanctum, Lord Garuda is seen.
We can see Shiva panchayadhana murthy, with Nandi in the front.
Finally we see Sita, Rama and Lakshmana and Hanuman facing them in the front in a small sanctum.
There are sculptures of Maha kali, Maha Saraswathy and MahaLakshmi, are also in the same hall.
At a distance we see Hanuman in separate sanctum and near by there is huge Hanuman on a platform.
Keesara Gutta Temple Phone Number – 91 94910 00699