History of Komeravelli Mallanna Temple
Mallanna Swamy Temple or Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is popularly known as Komuravelli Mallanna Temple. It is a famous Hindu temple located on a hill in Komuravelli village of Siddipet district in Telangana state.
In Komuravelli Mallanna temple, the main deity is Mallanna or Mallikarjuna Swamy who is an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The deity is also called as Khandoba by the Maharashtrian people. This Hindu temple is located about 85 kilometers from Hyderabad.
Golla Kethamma, Goddess Ganga and Medalamma, Goddess Parvati are at the main temple. The Oggu Katha singers sing the tale of Mallanna here. The Devotees offer prayers to Mallanna Swamy with the help of Oggu Pujaris who draw a rangoli called as Patnam in front of Lord Mallanna inside temple and also in temple’s verandah.
Large number of mallanna devotees visit the Mallanna temple during Maha Shivaratri Festival when the Pedda Patnam is celebrated and also during the Agni Gundaalu which is celebrated on the sunday falling before the Ugadi. The Jatara at Komeravelli mallanna temple begins from Sankranti and lasts till Ugadi every year.
Many devotees offer prayers to the deity on all sundays which falls in between Sankranti and Ugadi. Another temple, Konda Pochamma temple is located nearby which is visited by the devotees who visit Mallanna temple.
There is no written script for the Lord Mallanna story. The story of Komeravelli Mallanna is sung in “Oggu Katha”. In this Oggu katha, Swamy Mallanna married goddess Medallamma by facing conditions which are put up by her brothers. Goddess Medallamma is also called as Bramarambika, who is consort of Lord Shiva.