The Urukunda Eranna Swamy Temple is a famous temple in the Urukunda village of Kowthalam Mandalam. The pilgrims believe that Errana is the most powerful God. Urukunda Eranna Swamy Temple is also called Sri Narasimha Eranna Swamy Temple. Both Sri Veerabadra Swamy and Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy are worshiped according to the Veera Saiva tradition in the temple. There is a Peepal tree inside the Sanctum Sanctorum, this temple has no roof.
Every year during the month of Shravan festivals are held. Mondays and Thursdays of this month are considered conducive to visiting the temple and worshiping God here. The third Monday of the month of Shravan is considered most auspicious to worship Lord Veeranna and Sri Narasimha Swamy. It is estimated that 10 to 15 lakh people visit this temple during the month of Shravan each year. Devotees bathe here in the Tunngabadra river channel and cook food here and offer the same to God. The food offered to God is distributed to other devotees like Prasad.
The month of Shravan comes in the rainy season and the land will generally be wet during this month. It is believed that only due to the power of God, a fire breaks out and the food is cooked even though it is cooked in moist soil. The last part of the festival is called ‘Yeti Yatra’. On the last Monday of the month of Shravan, the statue of the lord is kept in a cart and carried on foot to the Tungabhadra river, which is 15 km from the temple. After the abhisheka of the statue of the lords on the Tungabhadra river, the chariot is grandly received by all the villages on the way back to the temple. On this day running race, kolata and other local games were played in these villages.
The village ‘Urukunda’ is situated for (Urukunda Eranna Swamy) in Kowthalam Mandalam, Kurnool district. He is the most powerful God. There was a sage named Hiranya (popularly called as Eranna or Veeranna in these areas) who did penance for many years under a Peepal tree in the village of Urukunda. All the cows that grazed in the village used to gather around him and he spent a lot of time pampering and talking to them. The villagers brought him fruit and food and sought his blessings. Sage Eranna helped cure chronic diseases and ailments of these villagers.
One day, Sage Veeranna disappeared from her usual place under the Peepal tree. At approximately the same time, an idol of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha appeared under the tree. The villagers believed that the sage had reappeared to them as Narasimha Swamy. They placed the idol of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha under the Peepal tree and began to worship it.
They also wanted to place an idol of Sage Veeranna next to the Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy for worship. As Sage Veeranna had been like a village guardian angel, (Kshetrapalaka), they made a silver idol of him represented as Sri Veerabadra Swamy and installed it alongside Sri Lakshmi Narasimha’s idol.
There is also another version of the story, that Sage Eranna used to advocate a lot for Saiva-Vaishnava unity, and after he disappeared, two idols of Veerabadra and Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy were found under the Peepal tree and the villagers began to worship them together within it. . Sanctum sanctorum. Both Veerabadraswamy and Lakshmi Narasimha are worshiped according to the Veera Saiva tradition to date.
Urukunda is well connected by A.P.S.R.T.C.Buses not only from all corners of the State but also from Karnataka Transport Corporation is also running buses from various main cities of that state.
1.The nearest Railway Station is Kuppagal, which is 12 K.M. from Urukunda from where buses are available to Urukunda.
2.The nearest Railway Station is Adoni which is 28kms from Urukunda.
1.The nearest Airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad (330 K.M.) from where buses are available to Urukunda everyday frequently.
2.The nearest Bellary Airport (IATA: BEP, ICAO: VOBI) is an airport serving Bellary.Bellary (100kms) from where buses are available to Urukunda everyday frequently.
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