Vemulawada near Karimnagar is home to
an ancient temple dedicated to Shiva - Rajarajeswara.
Based on temple inscriptions it is learned that this
temple was built by Narasimha I of a clan of local chieftains known as the Vemulawada
Chalukyas about a thousand years ago.
The legend associated with the temple
is as follows. Narendra the grandson of Arjuna killed a sage by mistake and to make amends
for his sin, spent his life in prayer and pilgrimage in seek of pardon. When he reached
this site and bathed in the lake which is now known as Dharma Kundam, he was relieved of
his curse. He delved into the lake and retrieved a Shivalingam which he then installed as
Legend also has it that the ruler of
the gods, Indra was relieved of his Bhrahmahatti dosham after worshipping at this shrine.
Another legend has it that the sun
God Surya, lost his arms after coveting the offerings at a vedic ritual meant for someone
else and that his arms were restored after worshipping here.
This temple celebrates the kalyanotsvam in the Indian
month of Phalgun and Mahasivaratri once a year.
Also in this town are other ancient temples dedicated
to Kedareshwara, Waddegeswara and Bhimeswara.
Abodes of Shiva