In the Outskirt of the Hyderabad city, down to Keesara village is located a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is famously known as Keesaragutta Temple nad the main idols are Lord Shiva and his consorts Bhavani & Sivadurga.
The Keesaragutta Temple is located 13 kms from Hyderabad on to a hill rock in Rangareddy district. Shivaratri being the Lord Shiva festival, it receives a huge amount of visitors during that day. This temple is also known as Ramalingeshwara Swamy temple.
Among its legend Sri Rama installed Siva lingam here to amend the sin of killing the Ravana who was a Brahman. He selected this valley and ordered Hanuman to bring Sivlingam from Varanasi. But Hanuman was late in arriving and the auspicious hour was near. At that moment Lord Shiva appeared before Sri Rama and presented a Sivlingam for installation and the lingam in this temple is called Swayambhu Linga.
Hanuman returned with 101 lingams and he was angry when he saw lingam already installed. He then threw them all over the nearby area and those lingams are still found scattered in the surrounding areas. To calm the angriness of Hanuman Sri Rama precedent that it would be Hanuman who would be worshiped first here and he named the hill rock where this lingam was installed to be Kesarigiri i.e., the son of Kesari, Hanuman. But from the time evolved it was renamed as Keesaragutta.
The Keesaragutta Temple is famous place according to archaeologists as they called it as Gatika which serve as a great educational institution in third century. The Keesaragutta Temple has a great cultural backdrop as it has various ruined shrines dated of fifth and sixth century of Guptas architecture. There is also a lovely lotus pond on the hill side where white lotuses blossom in winter and rainy season.
The best time to visit this temple is mahashivaratri, shiva kalyanam, Hanuman jayanti, Ramalingheshwara Brahmotsavan and also Sri Rama Navami. You can also visit during the auspicious days of Karthikh month and Magh month according to Hindu Calender.
How to Reach Keesara Gutta
Keesara is about 25 kms from Hyderabad. It has proper roads and driving direction is pretty easier. Andhra Pradesh state run APSRTS offers bus services from Jubilee Bus Station, Secunderabad and Imliban bus station.