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Inavolu Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple in Telangana – Ancient Shiva Temple at Inavolu near Warangal

Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple at Inavlolu village near Warangal is an ancient Shiva temple built prior to Kakatiyas around 700 AD and developed by Kakatiya rulers. Inavolu Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is located on the Warangal – Khammam Road and is around 12 KM from Warangal Town.

Shiva is worshipped here as Mallikarjuna Swamy. It is a fierce form with stern looking eyes. The murti has four hands and they hold sword, vessel of blood, Dhamaru or hourglass drum and trident or trishul. His right leg stamps on the head of demons. Golla Kethamma and Balija Medalamma are his consorts.

The Shivling worshipped in the shrine is unique and rare. Only half of the Yonipitha or panavattam is visible. The Shivling has a canopy of five-hooded snake and is covered with gold.

The temple is noted for its architectural beauty especially the Keerti Toranams.

The main festival in the temple coincides with the Bhogi and Sankranti festival in Telangana in January month. The festival ends three months later on Ugadi day. Carrying Bonam on the first day of the festival is considered highly meritorious. People fulfill numerous vows during the period.

The main temple festival known as jatara mainly celebrates the celestial wedding of the presiding deity Mallikarjuna Swamy with his consorts Golla Kethamma and Balija Medalamma.

Bandari (turmeric) is the main offering to the deity. Devotees also offer earthen pots with newly-harvested rice cooked with milk and jaggery.