Jai Pathala Bhairavi
4th February, 2018
Surabhi Theatre Group, Drama
Chennakeshava Swamy Alayam, Gadwal
The second day of Gudi Sambaraalu in Gadwal on 4th February saw the play Jai Pathala Bhairavi – the story of a poor man and his passionate love for a Princess. The play garnered an arousing welcome with about 2500 people, who trekked their way from remote villages. For them, the play was a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness, with adulation and wonder, the escapades of a gardener’s son who attempts to seek the hand of the Princess with the help of a magician. Right from the very beginning, the audience were transported to the magical world of Pathala Bhairavi. Every character did complete justice to his/her role, keeping the audience wonderstruck and spellbound.
Surabhi Theatre Group
The Chennakeshava Swamy Temple is one of the three ancient temples inside the Gadwal Fort and is believed to be around 300 years old. The Gadwal Fort was built in the 17th century by the Gadwal ruler Peda Soma Bhupaludu (fondly called Somanadri). The Gadwal rulers were known for their cultural and spiritual learning. The presiding deity in the Chennakeshava Swamy Temple is Lord Venkateshwara. The architecture of the temple has astounding features – huge bells, beautiful paintings and sculptures – depicting the cultural uniqueness of Telangana. Brahmostsavam is an 10 day annual festival here, held in the months of February-March.