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Mellacheruvu :

Mellacheruvu, popularly known as ‘Daksina Kasi’ is situated at a distance of 9.6 km from Huzurnagar and 67.6 km from the Khammam railway station. This village is connected to the important commercial city of Vijayawada by a canal way.
The village has still restored the glimpses of Kakatiyan architecture which is manifested in one of most celebrated temples of Swayambhu Sambhulingeswara Swami. A notable feature of the temple is that on the top of the lingam there is a hole of about 2 inches in circumferance which is full of water in all seasons and the place therefore came to the known as Dakshina Kasi (Varanasi of the South). There is a legend associated with this lingam which is 1.83 metres in height and 0.34 metre in diameter. There is a belief in the local populace that the lingam in Swayambhu Sambhulingeswara Swami temple is growing in height. It is also interesting to find that for every 0.305 metre of growth there forms round lines on it.
Devotees worshiping the lingam with reverence. Every day ‘Pooja’ is celebrated in the temple where devotees in large number visit the temple to receive the blessings of the Lord. They decorate the lingam by applying Kumkum (vermillion) dots on six lines found on the lingam.
Every year, during the season of Mahasivaratri festival, the Kalyanotsavam of the deity is celebrated with devotion and this event forms one of the greatest instances where people gather in thousands. Nearly 10,000 Hindu devotees from the districts of Hyderabad, Warangal, Guntur, Krishna and Nalgonda congregate during the ‘Kalyanotsavam’. Thus Mellacheruvu, occupies a significant place in the locational aspect of temples in Telangana
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