WEAVER'S WORLD / GADWAL / PLACES TO VISIT -1
Gadwal has nothing of note to visit except for being a hub of a special ‘Gadwal’ variety of handloom sarees and salwar kameez. 75 Km from Gadwal is Mahboobnagar, a district headquarters which compensates as a good destination to visit.
The most interesting place to see in Mahabubnagar is the famous banyan tree called Pillalmarri, which is about 4 km from the town. There is a tomb of a Muslim saint under the tree. The tree presents the appearance of a small hillock with green foliage from a distance but on reaching closer, it looks like a large green umbrella under which about thousand people can easily take shelter. It is said to be 700 years old banyan tree and its branches extend over an area of 3 acres. In Telugu, "Pillalu" means children & "marri" means a banyan tree. There is also an aquarium, a small zoo and an archaeological museum in this place. There is a boating facility in the premises of Pillalamarri available only during the rainy season. Another interesting thing near Pillalamarri is the District Archaelogical Musuem. It consists of numerous historical idols & articles of ancient people, which represents their culture & civilization. Unfortunately because of invasions of various rulers on earlier ages many of those have been destroyed. But still there is a lot more that can be seen.
One of the most pleasant places in Mahaboobnagar is Mallelatheertham. It is a wonderful waterfall located in the Nallamala forest region on the way to Srisailam. It is a beautiful place to visit for the Lovers of Nature.
Umamaheswaram is located at a distance of about 150 KM from Hyderabad and closer to Achampet in Mahaboobnagar District. Umamaheswaram temple is situated on hills of Nallamala forests and dates back to 2nd century A.D. To reach the temple, one has to traverse a road of steep and dangerous curves about 5 miles in length from the bottom of the hill. It is well-known as the North Entrance to Srisailam (Jyotirlingam). Umamaheswaram is popular for it's mysterious Papanashanam where you can always find a mug of water whenever you try to take out from it anytime during the year. Nobody has been able to trace the source from where this water is coming. Till today it has been the home for innumerous Sadhus. The presiding deities in Umamaheshwaram are Mallikarjuna (Shiva) and Bhramaramba (Devi).
According to tradition, there are four doorways to Srisailam. These entrances are themselves places of pilgrimage. To the east is Tripurantakam. To the south is Siddhavattam. To the north is Umamaheshwaram. And to the west is Alampur. The most famous temples here are the Nava Bramha temples, a group of nine temples built by the Chalukyas. The Nava Bramha temples are situated within a miniature fortress on the west bank of river Thungabadra. On either side are the temples of goddesses Kamakshi and Ekamreshwari. These temples are adorned with intricate carvings portraying beautiful sculptures of Gods and Goddesses in various forms and postures. About 1.6 km south of Alampur is Papanasanam, another pilgrim center where there is a cluster of over 20 temples. Alampur is located 130 km from Mahaboobnagar and 217 km from Hyderabad.
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