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Keesar Guttaa Temple of Shiv

Keesar Gutta Temple is a temple dedicated to Shiv and his consort Bhavaanee and Shiv Durgaa at Keesar Gutta in Rangareddy district. It is about 13 km from Hyderaabaad. It is located on a small hillock. The Temple draws thousands of devotees on Shiv Raatri.

Legend
Legend has it that Shree Raam installed the Shiv Ling here to atone for the sin of killing Raavan, a Braahman. He selected this beautiful valley surrounded by hills and verdant greenery for this purpose and ordered Hanumaan to bring a Shiv Ling from Vaaraanasee. Hanumaan was late in arriving with the Shiv Ling and as the auspicious hour was nearing, Shiv himself appeared before Shree Raam and presented a Shiv Ling for installation (some say that Seetaa Herself made that Ling). Hence the Ling in the Temple is called Swaayambhoo Ling. It is also called Raamlingeshwar as Shree Raam had installed the Ling.

Hanumaan returned with 101 Lings for selection from Vaaraanasee and felt aggrieved at not having his lingam installed. Hence he threw all the Ling all over the area. Even to this day several Ling are found scattered all over the place outside the Temple. To mollify Hanumaan, Shree Raam ordained that precedence would be given to him for worship at the Temple. He also said that the hillock where the Ling was installed would bear his name - Kesaree Giri (Kesaree was Hanumaan's father's name). Over a period of time, it has become corrupted and is now known as Keesar and the hill as Keesar Guttaa. Ever since, the rituals follow the command of Shree Raam.

Koti Ling Temple on Keesar Guttaa the name literally translates to "The Temple of a crore Ling situated on the hillock of Hanumaan." You can reach the temple by traveling on regular APSRTC buses or just hire a cab to take you there. On a normal day, the trip to and from the temple will take about 5 hours. On a festival day, it takes considerably longer at the Temple. A word of caution you are sure to be greeted by large battalions of monkeys while there. These simians do not hesitate to grab items from your hands. Though they are never known to be aggressive, please be careful with your children and what you display to the monkeys!

 

 

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