An ancient temple that draws rural and urban populace beyond state

An ancient temple that draws rural and urban populace beyond state
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An ancient temple of Lord Srilakshmi Nambulaadri, located at Kodurupaka village of Sultanabad mandal in Peddapalli district, is drawing increasing crowds of devotees who aver that the shrine’s self-manifest (swayambhu) idol never fails to fulfil the wishes of staunch believers.   

Sultanabad: An ancient temple of Lord Srilakshmi Nambulaadri, located at Kodurupaka village of Sultanabad mandal in Peddapalli district, is drawing increasing crowds of devotees who aver that the shrine’s self-manifest (swayambhu) idol never fails to fulfil the wishes of staunch believers.

The temple, initially under the influence of Jains, was developed by Kakatiya rulers to some extent. Even today people have strong faith that the presiding deity of the temple will fulfill people’s wishes.

According to Kodurupaka sarpanch Ponnamaneni Balaji Rao, at least one person in every household in the village is named after the deity. The temple draws devotees not only from the Telugu states, but also from Maharashtra and elsewhere. Local people believe that the temple is about 1500 years old.

Belief in the deity is pervasive not just among the rural populace, but also among urbanites. During elections, those aspiring to be people’s representatives visit the temple and make oblations for the Lord’s blessings. They make it a point to fulfill their vows to the deity thereafter. The temple celebrates various fairs and festivals from time to time.

The sarpanch says that having a temple of such a magnitude and significance is indeed a boon for the village. The shrine has all the makings to be a wonderful pilgrim center. He seeks the cooperation of one and all for the overall development of the temple.

By Akula Karunakar

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