Gangapuram Temple is a famous Lord Kesava Swamy Temple in Southern India. It exists in Mahabubnagar district in Telangana state. The temple is located about 5 km from Jadcherla towards Kalwakurthy. Chalukya kings of Badami brought fame to the temple. Sri Thrailokya Malla Someswarudu, the Chalukya King of Kalyani built the Kesava Swamy temple between 1042 A.D. and 1063 A.D. Then onwards this place is known as Kesavapuram. The earlier names of this place were Mayapuram, Mathsyapuram and Dhurithapuram etc. The sculpture of this temple is worth seeing and has become the topic for research amongst scholars. Evidence of the existence of Jaina Kalamukha and Shaiva religions and their spread here is also present. The annual festival of the temple is celebrated on Radhasapthami in a grand manner. People participate in this with pleasure and devotion. People come on a large scale to attend the celebrations.
Sri Chenna Kesava Swamy is the presiding deity in this temple along with his consort Sri Lakshmi Devi. The Lord sports a mustache and holds the Chakra in his left hand and the Shankham in his right hand. The Sri Lakshmi Chenna Kesava Temple sculpture of this temple exhibits the glory of Hindavadharma and is built in the Indian style of architecture. The idol is made of black granite and the Prabhavali is usually made of brass. There is a beautiful mandapam in the middle of the modern structure whose base has almost been covered over leaving only a group of elephants in different poses running through it. The outer sanctuary has 20 ancient pillars with 12 facing the sanctum sanctorum. Around these pillars are kept the five beautiful and fairly new bronze Vahanas of Hamsa, Sesha, Garuda, Hanumantha and Ashwa.
Chenna Kesava Swamy, Anjaneya Swamy, Lakshmi Devi and Chaturbuja Ganapathi are the deities in the temple. Rathasapthami, Brahmotsavam, Kalyanotsavam on Maghashudha Chavithi, Ganga Thirunalla (every 2 years) and Ganga Jathara (every 2 Years) are the important festivals celebrated.
Jadcherla Sri Lakshmi Chennakesava Swamy Temple Timings:
Morning: 5:30 am to 12:30 pm
Evening: 4:00 am to 7:30 pm
Jadcherla Chennakesava Swamy Temple Address:
Telangana – 509301.