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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.
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!
Created and Maintained by Sushma Gupta
Created on March 15, 2003 and Updated on February 12, 2013