Durga Bhawani is the presiding deity in Edupayala Durga Bhavani Gudi. This shrine is located at the meeting point of the seven streams. This shrine is more popular than any other shrine in the state of Telangana. The shrine is located at Nagasanpalli in the Papannapet Mandal in the Medak District. The distance to be travelled from Medak town to reach this place would be 19 km. the temple gives a beautiful scene with the seven streams meeting at the foot of the temple. It is said that these water even enter the temple and touch the feet of the Goddess.
History: The associated legend dates back to the era of the Mahabharata when Janamajeya, the grandson of the third Pandava prince Arjun did the Sarpa Yagam to save his father, Parikshit from the curse. The ritual in the Yagnam included sacrificing the snakes. This aroused fear for life in the snakes and they approached Ganga to flush out the sacrificial fire. Mother Ganga came to the rescue and divided the River Manjeera in seven smaller streams. These streams touched the feet of Goddess Bhavani or Vana Durga located at the sanctum of the temple. The temple is built at the meeting point of the seven streams. It has been so till date. The seven streams have been named after the seven reputed sages: Vasishta, Jamadagni, Viswamitra, Goutami, Bharadwaja, Atreya and Kasyapasa. The River flows in seven streams and merge at the foot of the temple.
Edupayala Jathara is the famous Jathara in Telangana that is celebrated for three days during Shivrathri. The temple is visited by more than 30 laky devotees during the jathara. Devotees come to the temple to seek blessings of Bhavani Mata and cleanse their sins. Pilgrims take bath in the Holy waters of the streams before visiting the temple. The administration releases extra water into the Ghanpur Project in order to facilitate the pilgrims to carry out the customary bath.
The journey from Hyderabad to the temple is a soothing one with lush green fields and dense vegetation. A visit to the temple proves to be quite energizing to the devotees.
The other festivals are also celebrated in the temple in grand way along with the Edupayala Jathara which is held during Shivrathri. Navarathri Uchavalu and the Magama Amvasya are some of the festivals being celebrated here.
Location: At the confluence of seven streams of Manjeera River which 19 Kms from Medak Town.
How to reach:
The temple is connected properly by road to all the major cities. It is 112km from Hyderabad and takes about 2 hrs by road to reach from Hyderabad.
One can use public bus facility from Hyderabad to reach Edupayala Durga Bhavani Temple.
State run buses ply from Hyderabad MGBS bus stand to Medak every 40 min to 1 hour. From Medak, tourists can easily avail private transport or public.
Where to Stay:
The temple administration provides certain basic accommodation facilities to the pilgrims. Still it is advisable to carry your own water and food supplies. Pilgrims can also construct makeshift tents close to the temple premises for spending the nights.
Medak Town also provides budgeted hotels to the devotees and pilgrims. Besides being close to the ample accommodation options that are clean, comfortable and affordable. Moreover, being quite close to Hyderabad, tourists can also travel to Medak on day trips from Hyderabad.
Some of the reputed hotels at Medak are Anjagoud Hotels, Green Corner Hotel and Manama Hotel.
Tourists can also stay in comfortable accommodations in Hyderabad and travel to Edupayala on a day’s visit.
Edupayala Temple Timings:
On weekdays 5:30 am to 6:30 pm
Sundays 5.00 am to 7.00 pm.
Distance to Edupayala Vana Durga Bhavani Temple:
From Hyderabad 104 Kms
From Warangal 156 Kms
From Medak 7 Kms
From Kamareddy 57 Kms
Edupayala Temple Address:
Phone: 098486 36484