Temples of Telangana
3rd February, 2019
Pramod Reddy, Bharatnatyam
Venugopala Swamy Temple (Akkanna Madanna), Bhongir
Pramod Kumar Reddy learnt Bharatanatyam in Ahmedabad for 10 years, under the tutelage of Radha Menon and Bhaskar Menon. He started Abhinetri Arts Academy, a non-profit institution, where dance is taught to needy middle class aspirants. It was established in 2003 at Seetaphalmandi, by the dance-loving group of Pramod Kumar.
‘Temples of Telangana’ focuses on the various sacred temples located in Telangana. It promises to depict the origin of important temples Yadadri, Vemulawada, Kaaleshwaram, Kondagattu, Sammaka-Sarakka, Thousand Pillar temple at Warangal, Alampur, Basara & Bhadrachalam. It depicts the sanctity and eminence of each of these temples..
Venugopala Swamy Temple is over 600 years old and is said to have been constructed during the Kakatiya regime. It is located at Mahadevpur village near Bibinagar Mandal in Yadadri Bhuvanagiri District. Owing to the anti-social attacks, the temple is said to have been covered in mud to support its construction but it was forgotten over the years. The temple was later discovered by Akkanna and Madanna, uncles of Bhakta Rama Dasu who were ministers of the Qutubshahi rulers. They went to Bhongir to collect tax from the village. It is said that while they were resting on the hillock, God appeared in their dream and told them about the temple buried underneath. They dug up the spot and discovered the temple. Located 30 km from Hyderabad, the temple which was built on 4 acres of land is a congregation of three temples — 1. Rukmini Satyabhama Sameta Venugopal 2. Shivalingam and 3. Umadevi. Rocks in the vicinity were cut out to build the temple. Each pillar is made of 6 pieces of intricately and beautifully sculptured stone.