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Location : Manthani, 72-km From Karimnagar
Presidng Deity : Gauthameswara
Shows Similarities With : Thousand Pillar Temple In Warangal

Manthani town is located in Karimnagar on the banks of Godavari. It is about 72-km from Karimnagar. Gauthameswara is the presiding deity of the town and also the main temple. The origin and the history of the temple is not known but the sculpture around the temple presents similarity to that of the thousand pillar temple of Hanamkonda in Warangal District. Kakatiya rulers might have renovated the old temple during their regime. Its sculpture is worth seeing.

There is a big Shiva Lingam about 1m to 1.25m in height made of black stone installed in the 'Garbhagudi' (sanctum sanctorum) on a beautifully carved 'Panawatika' (platform or pedestal on which the phallicemblem is fixed) according to 'Somasutra'. There is also a small room in between the entrance room and Garbhagudi where Lord Vigneswara's idol is installed in the inner right corner.

There is a big 'Nandi' idol in the entrance room, 1.5m to 2m in length and 1m in height,and beautifully carved in black stone. But the ears and nose of the Nandi are said to have been destroyed by Muslim invaders. On Shivaratri day about thousand people seek 'darshan' of the Lord. Adjoining the temple there are three teerthams, the 'Brahmateertha', the 'Rudrateertha' and the 'Vishnuteertha', holy places for taking a dip in the river Godavari.


Road: Karimnagar is well connected by road to all the important places of the State. To reach Manthani one can hire a taxi or take a bus from Karimnagar.


Accommodation is available at the hotels in Karimnagar.

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