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Keesara Gutta Temple or Keesara Ramalingeshwara Swamy Temple is a popular pilgrimage destination situated nearby Hyderabad. The temple is situated in Keesara village, which is about 30 km away from Hyderabad.
In ancient times the village ‘Keesara’ was known by the name Gatika. Gatika was a famous educational institution in the 3rd century AD. Several ruined shrines exhibiting the Gupta style of architecture were excavated from this area, which can be dated back to the 5th century AD. The temple was renovated recently.
Since Ramalingeshwara Swamy Temple is situated atop a hill (gutta), it is called as Keesara Gutta Temple. According to legend, the main deity at Ramalingeshwara Swamy Temple was consecrated by Lord Rama and Goddess Sita in Tretayuga, as per the advice of the sages and saints of Gatika, to wash away the sin of Brahma Hatya that occurred due to the assassination of Ravanasura (Ravana).
The linga of the presiding deity of Keesara Gutta Temple, Lord Ramalingeshwara, is believed to be the manifestation of Lord Shiva himself. There are 101 lingas of varying heights within the temple complex, which are believed to be installed by Lord Hanuman.
As per folklore, one who prays these 101 Shivalingas would get blessings of all 330 million gods. There is also a large statue of Lord Hanuman nearby Keesara Gutta Temple. The temple is visited by pilgrims during the auspicious days of Karthik and Magh months.
There is a museum nearby Keesara Ramalingeshwara Swamy Temple, where various articles excavated from the region is exhibited. The festivals conducted at Keesara Gutta Temple are Maha Shivaratri, Shiva Kalyanam, Sri Ramanavami, Hanuman Jayanthi and Ramalingeshwara Brahmotsavam.
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Keesara Gutta temple is located in the top of hill. You need to visit early morning to experience the nice view. Temple has a nice statue of hanuman. Monkeys are surrounded in this temple. So beware of your carry bags.
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