Sri Vidya Saraswathi Shaneshchara Temples, Vargal
The temple is around 48 kilometers from Hyderabad in the Vargal village. Vargal has the famous Sri Vidya Saraswathi temple which is situated on the pictorial background in which has a unique rock formation and a valley around this hill. Here there is one temple was dedicated to lord Shani separately with a big statue measuring around 3 feet in high which is one of the biggest statues of the lord Shaneshchara in Telangana.
The hillock of Vargal has multiple temples on the same hill.
- Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Temple
- Sri Vidya Saraswati temple
- Lord Shaneshchara Temple
- Lord Shiva Temple
- Lord Venkateshwara Temple (NEW)
- Lord Subramanyeshwara Swamy Temple (NEW)
Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Swamy
Vakra-Tunndda Maha-Kaaya Suurya-Kotti Samaprabha |
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryessu Sarvadaa ||
Sri Vidya Saraswathi Ammavaru
Om Sri Saraswathi Namosthumbhyam Varadhey Kama Rupini | Vidya Arambham Karishey Siddihur Bhavathumey Sadaa ||
Sri Shaneshchara Swamy
Om Nilaanjana Samaabhasam, Ravi Putram Yamagrajam |
Cahaya Martanda Samhubhutam, Tama Namami Shanescharam ||
Lord Shumbho Shiva Baghavan
400 years old Temple
Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti-Vardhanam |
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan Mrityormukshiya Mamritat ||
Sri Subramanyeshwara Swamy
devasenaa manaH kaanta
kaartikeya namo astute
OM subrahmanyaaya namah ||
Sri Venkateshwara Swamy
Om Namo Venkatesaaya Kaamitaartha Pradhaayine Pranatah Klesa Naasaaya Govindaaya Namo Namaha||
This temple complex was a brainchild of Sri Yamavaram Chandrashekhara Sharma scholar follower of goddesses Saraswathi astrologer and a Vastu expert. Being a businessman he has multi-faceted activities to his credit.
In 1998 the building process for the above temple was activated under the group who called themselves, Satya Patam Seva Samethi. This committee has started searching for a convenient place to build a temple. Ultimately they selected the hillock of Vargal, where 400 years old Shambu Deva Temple was situated. This temple is 2 feet below the ground level and one has to pass by crawl on the ground for a few feet to reach the main Shiva lingam. Surrounding this temple were two ancient Vaishnaya Temples which were built during or before the Kakatiya rulers. There is a big Victory Pillar made of rock which is around 30 feet in height. The Victory Pillar has the statues of SitaRama Lakshmana, Goddesses Lakshmi, and entwined a couple of snakes.
On Vasantha Panchami of 1989, the Bhoomi pooja was performed and the foundation stone was laid for the temple of Sri Saraswathi Devi. It should be noted on this day they had only Rs. 2700 only.When they started propagating about the process of building Saraswathi Temple of donations poured in like a flood. In this way, the construction process continued without any hindrance with the help of Lord Saraswathi.
In 1992 Magashudda Trayodashi Pushpagiri petadipate Sri Sri Sri Vidya Nrusinha Bharati Swamy has laid the foundation for the statues of Goddesses Sri Vidya Saraswathi Devi and Lord Shani statues in a temple. This temple was later dedicated to Kanchi Petam and a Vedic Patashala was started in 1999 by Sri Shankara Vijaya Saraswathi of Kanchi Petam and Lakshmi Ganapathi was inaugurated in 2001. The Expenditure crossed 1 crore of the rupees for building this temple. The temple has 13 and a half acres of land on the east side where a park, library, hospital was planned in their future expansion.
Every day 100 around people were given free food to come to visit the temple at a big dining hall in the temple complex. During the Dussehra period 1000’s of devotees visit the temple every day. The Dussehra temple starts with Vigneshwara Pooja. Maha Abishekam Navaratri Kalasha Sthapana Chathu Sha shatyu pachara pooja, Arathi, Mantha Pushpam, Kukumarchana were performed. Laksha pooja Archana Pustaka Roopini Saraswathi Pooja Ashtothara Shathakalasha Abishekam On the last day of Vijayadarshanam of the goddesses Saraswati is decorated for devotees.
Pooja for Lord Shani Special pooja will be performed on every Shani Trayodashi which comes on the Saturday. The poojas for Lord Shani started at 5 a.m. in the morning which starts with Ganapathi pooja and Japam, Homam will be performed with Tarpana to Lord Shani. The Lord Sheni will be worshipped with the oil called Taila Abishekam. The Homam for Lord Sheni will be ended at 12:00 noon with Poornahuthi, Arathi, etc., This is a very big event for this temple which attracts 1000’s of devotees from all over Telangana, A.P and other places of India