Keslapur, a hamlet in the Asifabad block in the Inderavelli Mandal of Adilabad district rests at a distance of 32 kms from Adilabad and 25 km from the Utnoor Taluk. The political boundaries encircling it are Gudihatnur Mandal in the west, Utnoor Mandal in the South, Narnoor Mandal in the East, and the Adilabad Mandal in the North. This quaint village having a motley population of only 853 inhabitants claims a prolific place in the tourism map of Adilabad.
Keslapur brags for the famous Nagoba Temple. This temple is dedicated to the Serpent God Nagoba, also known as Shesh Nag. Nagoba is held in high esteem by the Gond and Pandhar tribes. Every year they celebrate the occasion offering heart-felt devotion to the serpent God through the Keslapur Jathara or the Nagoba Jathara. This is a 5 day event that becomes vibrant with the participation of tribal members from Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, and Chhattisgarh. The event evokes a sense of thrill and curiosity among the urban dwellers residing here as tourists from different parts of the country assemble at the Keaslapur village to witness this gala occasion, a prolific expression of faith of the sons of the soil of this place. The Gusadi dance performed as part of the festivities, is one such special attraction that casts a spell on the tourists.
The Temple of Nagoba, derived from Marathi word ‘Nag’ meaning snake, stands majestically at the confluence of the River Pranahita and the Godavari. This adds to the mythical significance of the place. The temple bubbling with utmost reverence during the Jathara takes a gorgeous look when thousands devotees of the Mesaram clan of the Gond tribes congregate to offer their acred homage to the Snake God.
The Snake deity Nagoba is revered not only by the Gond tribe of Telangana but tribe members from neighboring Maharashtra also frequent this place every now and then to seek his blessings. As a result of the holy congregation, Keslapur welcomes multitudes of devotees from neighboring states who arrive to pay homage to their revered deity. The flow of visitors reaches the peak during the Pushya Masham corresponding to the months of December –January in the Gregorian calendar when thousands of tribes reach their holy destination to join in the Jathara. Consequently, Keslapur receives utmost adulation and is able to be recognized by the tribal people as the holy abode of the Serpent God.
Keslapur is famous for the Keslapur Jathara, held every year in the months of December – January.
Distance to Keslapur Village:
From Hyderabad to Keslapur Nagoba Temple is 326 Kms
From Karimnagar is approx. 183 Kms
From Warangal is 235 Kms
From Adilabad is 32 Kms
Specialty of the Place:
Keslapur is regarded as a holy abode of the God for the presence of the Nagoba Temple. The serene place is also famous for the annual Keslapur Jathara, celebrated by the members of the Mesaram clan of the Gond tribe.
Where to stay:
The Utnoor Taluk offers meagre basic accommodation facilities. There is one guest house and an R & B Guest House in the nearby Utnoor Taluk too. Tourists can accommodate themselves in Adilabad where some good hotels are available as well.
– Haritha Hotel, Sanjay Lodge, Tirumala Lodge, Raviteja Hotel, and Laxmi Residency Hotel are some of the good hotels one can find in Adilabad.
How to Reach:
Buses ply between Uttnoor and major cities and districts like Hyderabad, Warangal, Karimnagar and Adilabad. Once in Uttnoor, local transports can be availed by the tourists to reach Keslapur Village.
Nearest Railway Station:
The Sirpur Kagaznagar Rail Way Station near Kagaznagar is located at a distance of 23 km from Keslapur. It is easily reachable from nearby towns. However, the Kazipet Railway Junction located at a distance of 174 KM from Keslapur is the major railway junction so to say.
Some Useful Contact Numbers:
Adilabad Tourism Officer – 09440816087
State Tourism Department: 040-23450444, 1800-42-545454
Keslapur Nagoba Temple
Keslapur Village Muthnoor GP Indervelly Mandal,