Significance: This is the place where seven rivulets meet at a point. Here the temple of durga maatha is of one of the most famous and powerful temple in Telangana.
The temple of Sri Edupayala Vana Durga Bhavani is located in Nagasanpalli, Papannapet Mandal, Medak District, and 112km from Hyderabad and just 18km from Medak. By vehicle it takes less than 2hours from Hyderabad to reach this place. Route Map from Hyderabad is take left from Gandi Misamma Circle towards Dindigul. The way is full of forest & beautiful green fields one can go to this place by a own vehicle or by bus from Hyderabad, Medak. The temple is located in the Pedda Gutta Soramgam which is also called as Garuda Ganga and the temple is situated where the Manjeera river flows in a small distance.
One must go to this place in rainy season where the nature of forest and green fields makes this place more beautiful.
History Of Temple Place: The specialty of this temple is it is formed with the names of seven sages who are famous in the Indian mythology and the names are Jamadagni, Atri, Kasyapa, Viswamitra, Vasistha, Bharadwaja and Gowtama and a feast is celebrated every year during the time of Shiva Ratri and the name of that feast is Seven Payala jaatara.
This temple is formed in the 12th century. The goddess Durga (Vanadurga) is originated first in the Paapanna Pet Mandalam at Nagsanpalli region out skirts. The feast is celebrated for one week every year starting from the Shiva Ratri season. Once upon a time this area is very silent with no population and human being wandering there but after the origin of this Durga temple, the Seven branches of river Manjeera became very famous with a number of devotees. The idol of the goddess is situated in the middle of these 7 rivulets 3 front and four back.
Every year more than 20 lakh people worship goddess vanadurga and do customary bath in the 7 rivers and pray the goddess vanadurga for the good cultivation and better living in the time of shivaratri and durgashtami. Here thousands of devotees pitch up their makeshift tents around the temple for three days jaatara of goddess vanadurga devi. Here thousands of devotee give cut (Bali) of sheep and hen as a nivedana to the goddess to fulfil their wishes.
The festival begins on the day of Sivaratri and is followed by Bandi Utsavam where hundreds of decorated bullock carts from 32 villages go around the temple and concludes with the rathothsavam. Every year, around thirty lakhs of devotees worship the Goddess Durga. To watch this occasion the devotees not only from our country come here but from various parts of the country come to worship goddess Durga. The Manjeera River which had its origin at Beedar and flowing at Medak and Nizamabad districts is acting as the sub division of the river.
Speciality Of Edupayala: The manjeera river (a tributary to Godavari river) is divided into 7 rivulets (or streams in telugu) in which the first rivulet is divided into two i.e., vashishta and jamadaagni. then from vashishta the vishwamitra will start flowing from the back of the temple and combine with the vaashishta which flows front to temple.the two rivulets gowthama and bharadwaja bore from the jamadaagni and flow in the back of the temple then the aathreya and kaashyapi flow from the front of the goddess which makes edupayalu of Sri Vana Durga Devi. Pilligrims believe that in rainy season the river water flow in heights and reach the legs of goddess vanadurga devi to watch this thousands of devotees not only from Telanagana but also from the other states come to edupayala.
Here this river of seven rivulets meet at apoint. from top of this river there is a way to the temple in the den there is durgamma idol. That’s the reason it known as Edupayala Durgamma. With hundreds of devotees pitching up their makeshift tents around the Edupayala Vana Durga Bhavani Temple here the stage is set for a three day festivity known as Edupayala Jatara in the Telangana and bordering Karnataka regions. The festival begins on the day of Sivaratri and is followed by Bandi Utsavam where hundreds of decorated bullock carts from 32 villages go around the temple and concludes with the Rathotsavam. It is estimated that more than 5 lakh people would visit the temple during these three days. According to the legend Nagsanpalli is the place where King Janamejeya offered the "Sarpayagam" to finish of the race of snakes. However, the snakes invoked the spirit of Ganga to flush the Sar payagam. It is believed that Ganga arrived here and split into seven rivulets touching the feet of Goddess Bhavani giving the name of Edupayala. The seven rivulets - Vasishta, Jamadagni, Viswamitra, Goutami, Bharadwaja, Atreya and Kasyapasa - begin their journey from the Ghanpur project and meet again just behind the sanctum sanctorum. Manjira water has been released to Ghanpur project so that the pilgrims take their customary bath in the rivulets in front of the temple. Fifty professional divers have been kept ready to help the devotees taking bath in the rapids. The road abutting the Ghanpur project has been improved with barricades on both the sides.