Mysterious Shiva Temple in Maneru at Rajanna Sircilla
Rajanna Sircilla is a place where many ancient temples are located. As per Puranas Maandavya river a tributary of Godavari which flows and merges into Godavari at a place called Manthaeni. Rajanna Sircilla district, Gambhiravpet mandal, Narmala village has Maneru river in which many temples used to be there.
Kudumunja Ramappa Ramalingeswara temple present in Maneru is believed to be of 9th century B.C. which was under the rule of 2nd Arikesari of Chalukya dynasty making Vemulawada as the centre and continued to be in history till Kakatiya ruling. This temple has many group of temples around it as per the reminants found.
In 9th century B.C. under the rule of 2nd Arikesari of Chalukya dynasty making Vemulawada as the centre, this temple was built. It is also found that this temple is having a secret underground passage which was also destroyed during exploitation of treasure.
But some stone carvings of Dwarapalaka, God Vinayaka and Nandi can be found as evidence till now. And some letters related to 9th century script can also be found carved on stone. Infront of the cave, on a stone, carved feet and snake with some script can be found. The script was said to be of 9th century as per the historians.
It is said that the 2nd Arikesari, from Vemulawada Bheemeswara temple to Nampally and from there to Ramappa temple used to go from an underground tunnel for bathing and then perform puja at Ramappa Shivalayam.
The construction of Ramalingeswara temple was perfectly planned so that the Manneru river water is not going into the temple but it just surrounds the temple and flows away an architectural marvel of 12th century B.C. Kakatiyas evident by the stone steps that are present around the temple.
Another temple called Nayakamma temple is situated on the other banks of Maneru river which is completely damaged.This tells that after the Kakatiya rule of Rani Rudramma Devi many powerful female rulers have ruled this place.
Still many more mysterious has to be revealed yet.