Sri Anjaneya Swamy Temple in Beechupall is a famous Hanuman temple. This is located at a kilometer’s distance from Kondapet village on the banks of River Krishnain Itikyala Mandal. It is located at about 10 miles from Itikyala, Puduru and the gadwall Railway Station. These places had been the points of travel for the pilgrims in early days. The temple is situated close to the bridge on the River Krishna between Hyderabad and Bangalore on NH-7. Though no evidences have been found till date about the existence of the village Beechupalli, still historians have come across names of people in communities resembling the name Beechupalli. Beechupalli Hanuman has been the family deity of the people of Raichur, Kurnool and many other places since ages.
The temple was also supported by the Gadwal Kings. The fort of the Gadwal rulers can be located about a kilometer away from the temple. The descendants of the rulers still carry out the chariot festival that had been started by the King.
The place had been of historical importance to many rulers starting from Mouryas, Stavahanas, Ikshvakus, Chalukyas of Badami, Rastrakutas, Kalyani Chalukyas, Kakatiyas, and Vijayanagar Kings.
The inscription on the temple wall mentions that the idol of Hanuman was installed by Vyasa Raya who was guru of Sri Krishna Devaraya lived in between 1457 – 1539 A.D. The inscription was written by Sri Manavalli Ramakrishna Kavi in 1914 A.D. The temple has a spacious sanctum as well. The temple faces south while the idol faces east.
People believe that Lord Hanuman of Beechupalli protects the devotees and their families from all unfortunate events. The temple is also known for its miracles. God cures the devotees of any illness or a disease if one makes pradakshinas or walks around the temple a couple of rounds.
Earlier, only the local Valmiki Tribes Community (hunters) people used to work as priests in the temple. But after the advent of the Gadwal Kings, the Madhawa Brahmins were also allowed to conduct puja here. Now, both these communities perform the puja here.
The Kamili tree on the termite hill here is also a tree to be seen by everybody. It is said that this tree is always green and is always with buds, flowers and fruits. It has a platform constructed around it now. The platform is said to be the graveyard of some unknown person. The chariot that is taken out every year goes till this place i.e. the Kamili tree on the termite hill. The chariot festival is held every year by the family descendants of the Gadwal rulers.
The temple attracts pilgrims from as far as Kurnool, Ulindakonda, Adoni, Raichur, Hubli, Dharwad, in Telangana. Visitors also come from other states like from Karnataka.
Festivals of the Temple:
Very popular Abishekaham and Poojas like Akupuja and Panchamrut are performed daily in this Temple.
Hanuman Jayanthi is celebrated in Margasira month (April).
Lord Narasimha Jayanti in Visakha is also celebrated in a grand manner.
Marriages are also conducted in this temple.
Special Days of Attraction and Visitors Flow:
The visitors visit the temple mostly on Tuesdays. However, Sundays and any other public holidays are also preferred by devotees. Students generally come in the summer and winter vacations. Pilgrims also come for darshan on special days like Brahmotsavam Days, Ganapathi Nimajjanam, Mahalaya Amavasya, Sivaratri, Karthika & Sravana Masams.
Location and Reach:
Road: Since the temple is situated on NH-7 on the way of Tirupathi- Hyderabad, the pilgrims who visit Tirupathi also visit this temple on the way. The distance to Kurnool is hardly 46 kms. From Mahabubnagar, one can take the route via Bhoothpur, Kothakota to reach the destination which is about 80 km. Pebber is about 10 km from the temple. Kothakota is 30 km and Hyderabad is about 160 km away and can be reached by any public or private transport.
Rail: The Railway Station is at Gadwal is about 18 km away. The other nearest Railway Station is at Ittikal.
Air: The nearest Airport located at Shamshabad, which is about 150 km from the destination.
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