Places of Interest
Palakurthi Someshwara Temple
Many places in ancient India were lush greenery, rivers and hills with a wealth of natural beauty.Then even the lives of men pass away peacefully. Many sages spend their time in the mountains and in the wilderness, practicing spiritual thought.There are many instances where the Lord has witnessed some of them, and there they are, on their wish. Such magnificent places have developed in so many ways, and have seen the highest level of patronage of many kings, which have declined in popularity over time.These are fading in time Visiting such magnificent temples, we can learn many things about history. One of them is the ruler of Jangaon district.It is said that the Rishis practiced penance here 1200 and 1300 years ago. Another story is that Somesvara was revealed here on the wish of the Sapt Sages. The cave can also be visited by sellers
At the bottom of the hill is the tomb of famous poet ruler Someshwar. This is his birthplace. His poems are titled Dashama Purana and the history of scholars. Somesvara poet’s parents named the Swami after the birth of his son. The poet’s life span dates to AD. 1160 – 1240. This great poet also worshiped this Someswar. It means that from the very beginning, Someshwaraswamy was worshiping the devotees there.
Bammera Pothana(1450–1510) was an Indian Telugu poet best known for his translation of the Bhagavata Purana from Sanskrit to Telugu. He was a Telugu and Sanskrit Scholar.His work, Andhra Maha Bhagavatamu, is popularly called as Pothana Bhagavatam in Telugu.Pothana was born into a Niyogi Brahmin family at Bammera Village, in the Jangaon District of present Telangana state. His father was Kesana and his mother Lakkamamba. He was considered to be a ‘Sahaja Kavi’ (natural poet), needing no teacher. He was known to be very polite and was an agriculturist by occupation. Though he was a great scholar, he never hesitated to work in the agricultural fields.
At an early age he wrote Bhogini Dhandakam, a poem written in the praise of king Sri Singa Bhoopala’s concubine Bhogini. This was his first poetic venture which had the seeds of his great poetic talents. Bhogini Dhandakam is the earliest available Dhandaka (rhapsody which uses the same gana or foot all through) in Telugu.His second work was Virabhadhra Vijayamu which describes the adventures of Lord Virabhadhra, element of Lord Shiva. The main theme was the destruction of ‘Daksha Yagna’ performed in the absence of Lord Siva by Daksha Prajapathi.
Sri Ramachandra Swamy Devasthanam is a famous Srirama Temple located in Jeedikal village, near Jangaon. According to a local lore, the temple’s existence dates back to ‘Tretayuga’ as it was here that Lord Rama, while in exile, is said to have shot rakshasa Maricha with an arrow, who comes in the guise of a golden deer. When Maricha asks for Lord Rama’s forgiveness and promises to worship him, the latter agrees to emerge as ‘Swayambhu’ on the hillock here in this temple.The Sri Rama’s Paduka’s or the spot at which the golden deer met its death, locally famous as “Lady Banda”, every edifice, be it made of a stone or mud or the pond that’s inside the natural stone rock, throws evidence of lord Sri Rama visiting this place on his chase for the golden deer.The water level neither has gone down nor risen up, in the history so far