Villagers join hands to rebuild 12th century temple

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Bhairaveswara Swamy temple reconstructed with donations raised by them

Mopuru Bhairaveswara Swamy temple at Nallacheruvupalle rebuilt by villagers.
Mopuru Bhairaveswara Swamy temple at Nallacheruvupalle rebuilt by villagers.

People of Nallachervuvupalle in Vemula mandal in Pulivendula constituency took initiative to rebuild an age-old temple by putting in collective efforts, rather than endlessly wait for official machinery to respond.

The people came forward to contribute their might and raise donations and rebuilt the ancient Mopuru Bhairaveswara Swamy temple in the Veerasaiva pilgrim centre, dating back to the 12th Century. The historic temple has a large Sivalingam which is 18 feet high and 10 feet wide, which is unique, but the main temple became dilapidated and the walls collapsed. People of Nallacheruvupalle in the district mopped up donations to the tune of Rs. 13.80 lakh.

They did what was within their means and later invited officials to launch the work. A sculptor of Endowments Department N. Valinayagam Sthapathi performed ‘bhoomi pooja’ and laid foundation stone for the western Rajagopuram and then Collector Jayesh Ranjan laid stone for the eastern Rajagopuram of the temple on November 18 in 2004.

A villager of Muthukur, Silla Venkatarami Reddy, volunteered to bear the cost of the brass covering for the ‘Dwajasthambham’. Nagella Chinna Bayyapu Reddy of Basireddipalle contributed Rs. 3.20 lakh and Machireddy Balakrishna Reddy gave Rs. 1 lakh to construct steps to the temple situated on a hillock. Yammanuru Srinivasulu contributed Rs. 4.40 lakh for construction of a ‘dhyana mandapam’ and ‘vahana mandapam’ in memory of his mother. The temple tank was restored by R.K. Janardhana Reddy and Obul Reddy of Nallacheruvupalle in memory of their parents. Chinna Rami Reddy got the ‘gali gopuram’ of Akka Pappuramma temple under the hillock constructed, R. Sudhakar Reddy provided drinking water pipes, Sukumar, Syamsunder and Raghuram arranged the kalasam and teak wood doors, Ravi Kumar Reddy bore the cost of the slab and Suryanarayana Reddy of Saidapuram presented nose pins to the Ammavaru.


The people of Nallacheruvupalle have shown that the people's initiative can go a long way in restoring the pristine glory of several historic temples that are in a dilapidated condition in Kadapa district.

Though Mopuru Bhairaveswara Swamy temple is about 20 km away from Pulivendula town, there is no APSRTC bus service to go to the temple. Vagabonds have begun to deface the walls by writing on them with coal. The temple has been revived and its maintenance has to be taken care. The villagers hope the government would extend support for maintaining the temple at this stage.



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