Keesaragutta Temple | History, Timings & Accommodation

About Keesaragutta Temple:

Keesaragutta Temple is in Keesara Village. Lord Shiva in the temple is Ramalingeshwara Swamy with Goddess Bhavani and Siva Durga as companions of Lord Shiva here. Keesaragutta temple timings are from 6 AM to 9 PM.

The temple is on a small hillock Keesara. Lakhs of devotees visit the temple on Maha Shivaratri and the whole month of Karthika Masam. Keesaragutta is in Medchal – Malkajgiri district which is 30 km from Hyderabad and 12 km from ECIL.

Keesaragutta temple timings

Archaeological Excavations of the Temple:

  • The archaeology department is conducting exploration and excavations in the surroundings of Keesaragutta.
  • On the north side of the hill and near the water resource of the temple, they found many leftovers of brick structures and Shiva Lingams.
  • The leftovers belong to the Chalukyan Empire reign. The archaeology department excavated fortification walls, Yaga Shala and Prayer halls in the temple.
  • They found some trace of leftovers and rock-cut cisterns on the hill to indicate Jainism & Buddhism.
  • On October 18th, 2014, near the temple steps at a depth of one-foot archaeology department found twelve idols of Jain Tirthankara of the 4th-5th century.
  • It proves Jainism co-existed with Hinduism at Keesaragutta at Vishnukundins in the 4-5th centuries.
  • For the past 60 to 70 years, the Thatakam family has been developing the temple, and they are the founder trustees.

History of Keesaragutta Temple:

Lord Sri Rama installed Shiva Lingam here to redeem for the sin of killing Ravana, a Brahmin. He had chosen Keesaragutta, the beautiful valley with hills and verdant greenery. Rama ordered Hanuman to bring a Shiva Lingam from Varanasi to install there. Hanuman arrived late with the Shiva Lingams.

Lord Shiva himself appeared in Sri Rama and presented a Shiva lingam for installation as the Special hour neared. The Shiva Lingam here is Swayambhu Lingam and Ramalingeshwara Swamy as Sri Rama had installed the Lingam.

Hanuman returned from Varanasi with 101 Lingams for selection. He felt angry after seeing the Shiva Lingam installed, and he threw the idols everywhere in that region. We can find several Lingams even now outside the temple.

To calm Hanuman, Sri Rama ordered that priority be given to him for worship at the temple. Sri Rama said that the hillock bears his name Kesarigiri, as Hanuman is the son of Kesari and is now Keesaragutta in Keesara. From that time, the rituals follow the command of Sri Rama.

What are Male Mahadeshwara Betta Temple Timings?

Keesaragutta Temple Timings

The temple opens every day from 6:00 AM to 12:30 PM, 3:00 PM to 7:30 PM and remains closed from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The Keesaragutta temple timings may change on special occasions like Maha Shivaratri and Karthika Masam.

Everyday Sevas/Poojas:

Seva/Pooja Timings
Suprabatha Seva 6 AM to 6:30 AM
Mahayana Poorvaka Rudrabhisekam 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM
Maha Harathi 7:45 AM
Abhishekam 8 AM to 12:45 PM
Archana & Abhishekam 3 PM to 7 PM
Nivedana, Harathi, Mantra Pushpam & Pavalimpu Seva 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Other Sevas or Poojas performed in the Ramalingeshwara Swamy temple are:

  • Sri Satyanarayana Vratham (Except Pooja material & Pooja)
  • Navagraha Pooja/Archana
  • Special Archana
  • Upa Devalayam / Sri Swamivari Archana
  • Kumkuma Archana Ammavarlaku
  • Garbhalayam Abhishekam
  • Swami vari Kalyanam
  • Mahaansya purvaka Abhishekam
  • Kalabhairava Abhishekam
  • Nandi Mandapam Abhishekam
  • Vahana Pooja

Festivals Celebrated:

  • Shivaratri festival celebrated in a grand for five days.
  • In the Karthika Masam, the temple will be of a heavy crowd.
  • Special Poojas performed in Sravana Masam.
  • Daily the temple will perform Rudrabhisekam and Mahanyasa Rudrabhisekam.
  • Karthika Masam is an auspicious and sacred month for Shiva and Vaishnava followers.
  • People believe that offering prayers to “Shivakesavas” bring luck and prosperity this month.
  • Karthika Masam is the favourite month to Lord Shiva amongst all other months.
  • Family & Nature – Celebrating Vana Bhojanam or Karthika Vana Bhojanam.
  • ‘Vanam’ means loving Mother Nature, the forest. It is a kind of annual ritual, a picnic undertaken in the month of Karthika Masam.

Temple Accommodation

Keesara Temple is easily accessible. As the place is 30kms from Hyderabad, several buses are to Keesaragutta. There are buses from Secunderabad and Jubilee Bus Stand.

There are private Residency hotels, lodges and resorts available. The Haritha Hotel of Telangana Tourism is open near the temple.

Temple Contact

Keesaragutta, ‪Medchal District,

Telangana 501301, India

90002 77444, 8418202200

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