Karimnagar region was originally called as Elagandala. It was ruled by Western Chalukyas and was also part of the great Satavahana Empire. Later, the Nizams of Hyderabad changed the name of this region to Karimnagar, which was derived from the name Syed Karimullah Shah SahebQuiladar. The district is spread across an area of 2,128 square kilometres and shares boundaries with Jagtial and Peddapalli district on north, Warangal Urban district and Siddipet district on south, Rajanna District on the East and JayashankarBhupalpally District on west. According to 2011 Census of India, the district has a population of 10, 05,711.
Located 15 kms from Karimnagar town, Elgandal was the the district capital under the Nizams (till about 1948). The Elgandal Khilla is about 25 sqkm and at a height approximately equal to Hyderabad's Golkonda Killa. DoMinar built by by Muslim kings (Nizams), has two tall pillars and the hight of the pillars is approximately equal to that of Hyderabad's Charminar.
This is a very famous temple in the district of Karimnagar. The presiding deity of this kshetram is Lord Yagna Varaha swamy (third incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu). There are very few temples in India dedicated to Varaha swamy and this is one such rare temple.
Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple on the southern banks of the River Godavari is one of the most famous religious shrines in the Karimnagar district. This ancient Telangana temple is located in Dharmapuri town which is one of the nine Narasimha Khetrams. Also owing to the presence of a large number of temples in the area, Dharmapuri is known as “Dakshin Kasi” or the Benaras of the South. Dharmapuri is also called as ‘Teertharajamu’. Dharmapuri Village was ruled by the Kind Dharma Varma and thus the name of the village. It is beleived that the Temple existed before 850-928 BC.
This ancient Telangana temple has two versions owing to the ravages it has witnessed. The older one is known as the Pata Narasimha Swamy Temple and the newer one is called the Kottha Narasimha Swamy temple. The Subedar of Hyderabad, Rustumdil Khan, with the support of Aurangzeb the then Sultan of Delhi converted the temple to a Mosque. However in 1448 the temple was once again reconstructed and this came to be known as the Pata Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple.
The Gandhi Centenary Museum is located in the heart of Karimnagar Town, close to New Bus Station, and was established in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi’s Centenary celebrations in the year 1969.
The Museum showcases stone tools, coins, terracotta figurines, arms and weapons pertaining to the Karimnagar District which were recovered in the excavations conducted at Peddabankur, Dhulikatta and Kotilingala. In the main hall, stone tools dating back to 3000 years are on display. The fossils of ancient fish and trees were brought from Vemanapalli, Muknur and Kamanapalli areas and these date back to 20-lakh years. The next display consists of Neolithic tools like axes and grinning stones and early historic material such as bricks, pottery, beats, bangle pieces, terracotta mounds and iron pieces from Dhulikatta, Peddabankur and Kotilingala showing the social life of the people of Satavahana Period. In the central hall of the Museum there are four big galleries that display coins which range from Pre-Mouryan period to British period.
Initially, the museum housed the rare artefacts collected by the State Archaeological Museum in Hyderabad, which later started excavations at ancient sites like Koti Lingala, Dhulikatta, Pedda Bunkur, Nagunuru and other parts of Karimnagar district and displayed the unique recoveries at this museum. One can also observe the cutlery items which were made of mud and used by the people of Satavahana dynasty at the museum. The museum also has rare coins such as punch marked ones used by the Satavahana dynasty as well Buddhist artefacts that were recovered from various parts of the district, including jade and bidri ware used widely by dynastic rulers.
The arms and ammunition that were used by the Hyderabad Nizams are also displayed here at the museum. Besides, visitors can go around the premises, observing various idols including those of Jainism and Buddhism period that are on display, dating back to second century AD.
Lower Manair Dam work started in 1974 and it was completed in 1985. It is a huge construction much visited by tourists. The water of this reservoir rises to great heights during monsoon season.
Ujwala Park located in Karimnagar District was created in 2001 near the Lower Manair Dam close to the outskirts of Karimnagar town. Today it has emerged as one of the famous tourist places in Karimnagar. It is situated near the NTR statue, at the entrance of Karimnagar town for those coming from Hyderabad and for tourists coming from Warangal it is located after Alugunoor Bridge.
Deer Park, also called as Rajeev Gandhi Deer Park is located on the outskirts of Karimnagar town close to the Lower Manair Dam. It is at a short distance from Ujwala Park built on a 30-acre land. It is situated at the entrance of Karimnagar town for tourists coming from Hyderabad and while those coming from Warangal can locate it after the Alugunoor Bridge. These parks have become popular destinations on the tourist circuit of North Telangana and particularly Karimnagar region.
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