Edupayala Durga Bhavani Gudi:
This is a temple of Seven Streams (tributaries) of Manjeera River. The Edupayala Vana Durga Bhavani Temple is situated at the meeting pointing of seven streams of Manjira River. The temple has Durga Bhavani Shrine which is the temple’s presiding deity and is the beautiful shrine in that area.
The Edupayala Temple is situated in Nagasanpalli Village in Papannapet Mandal. It comes under Medak District and located at 19 km distance from Medak town. The temple makes beautiful scenery with a gathering point of seven streams. The water from the seven various directions enters the temple from a gap and flows through the feet of the deity, Durga Bhavani, who is the presiding goddess of the temple.
Edupayala Temple History:
The temple is associated with an epic of Mahabharata. It says that Janamejeya, the grandson of the third prince of Panadavas, Arjun, performed “Sarpa yagam”, in order to rescue his father Parikshit from a curse. Sarpa yagam is a traditional ritualistic which involves sacrificing snakes into the fire to finish their race. Ganga was solicited by the snakes to save them by ending the Yagam with flushing out the fire.
Ganga appeared and divided the Manjeera River into 7 narrow streams that flowed and touched the feet of Bhavani or Goddess Vana Durga situated in the holy place of the temple which is built at the junction where these seven streams are merged. The River currently flows in 7 narrow streams which originates from Ghanpur and forms a meeting point near to the temple.
This Edupayala became famous with the Edupayal Jathara. This jathara is one of the famous jatharas among Telangana which is held during Shivaratri. This Jathara is held for 3 days and about 30 lakh devotees witness and participate in the Jathara. They visit this temple to seek blessings from Goddess Bhavani Mata and to clean their sins by taking holy bath in the merging point of the seven streams. People from neighbouring states like Karnataka and Maharastra also visit this Jathara.
These 7 seven water streams are named after ancient seven sages, Jamadagni, Vasishta, Viswamitra, Bharadwaja, Atreya, Goutami and Kasyapasa. These streams are considered to have purifying powers. Taking a holy bath is an important part of the festival. The temple management releases extra water into Ghanapur Project to facilitate the devotees in taking holy bath.
The Durga Bhavani Temple Edupayala is a representation of Human faith and the almighty powers.
Special Attractions of Edupayala Temple:
- This temple is also famous for Magama Amvasya and Navarathri Usthavalu in addition to Edupayala Jathara celebrated during Shivathri.
Edupayala Temple Timings:
- All Weekdays: 5.30 am to 6. 30 pm.
- On Sundays: 5 am to 7 pm.
Edupayala Temple Distance:
- 19 km Distance from Medak Town
- 112 km form MGBS Hyderabad
Nearest Tourist Attractions:
- Medak Fort
- Pocharam Dam Reservoir
- Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary
- Medak Cathedral
- Sidha Rameshwara Temple in Medak