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Dharmapuri is a town and mandal headquarters in Karimnagar district of Andhra Pradesh, India. Dharmapuri Assembly constituency is a SC reserved constituency of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, India. It is one among 13 constituencies in Karimnagar district.
Dharmapuri attained religious importance owing to the existence of the shrine dedicated to Narasimha Swamy, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Siva With Dakshinamurthy, Vinayaka and Saptha Mathrukas carved on a single slab of stone and Mahishasuramardhani, the sixty pillared temple, Mahalakshmi temple, Akkapalle Rajanna, and over five hundred year old sri Sita Rama Swami temple are the other temples of importance that heighten the sanctity of the places of tourist interest in the state. The Ramalingeswara Temple which is of about 1000 years old, is in the proximity of the Narsimha Swamy Temple. It is said among local inhabitants that the Siva Lingam installed in this temple was installed by Lord Rama during his exile and on way to Lanka in search of Sitha Maatha. Dharmapuri Narasimha swamy temple has two different statues of the lord Narasimha. The oldest one is called "Pata Narasimha Swamy" meaning Older Narasimha swamy and the one established later is called "kottha Narasimha Swamy" means the Newer one. The Shiva Lingam established here by Lord Rama during his exile has an interesting story related to it. Lord Yama dharmaraj temple and statues of Lord Indra dev, Lord Kubera swamy, Lord Brahma dev, Lord Balarama krishna can also be seen in the proximity of Narasimha swamy temple. Dharmapuri has one of the largest settlement of Vedic Brahmins in Andhra Pradesh. There have been some traditional families practicing Vedic Hymns and some of the family even have old Talapatra scriptures. There are several small temples virtually in every corner of the street of the town. Until recently people, mostly Brahmin scholars have taken bath in river Godavari before they would perform vedic rites in the temple. There is one rare temple of the God Dattatreya [son of Lord Brahma] which is very rare. Every year in March/April the devotees of Narasimha swamy come together and celebrates Laxmi Narasimha Swamy Jatara. During the month of December, the city agains gets busy for Mokshada Ekadashi which is celebrated as the onset of Dakshinayan (solstice). There are a number of Satakas (a compilation of 100 poems) written by poets in local script in 18th and 19th centuries. Narasimha Satakam from 19th century is one of them written by Seshappa.
Dharmapuri is situated at a distance of about 28-30 km from Jagityal town and 42 km from Mancherial railway station on the Kazipet-Balharsha section of the South Central Railway on the Bank of River Godavari. This river flows West to East except in Dharmapuri where it flows North to South hence the river is termed as Dakshina Vahini [South Flowing]. Though all the villages surrounded by Dharmapuri have regular Dialect of Telangana Accent of Telugu, Dharmapuri has a typical Telugu Accent spoken by local Vedic Brahmins which is very peculiar to this Ancient Vedic Village. For example, to say "ATOO" meaning "Towards that side", they say "ASHOO". Similarly "ITOO" referring "Towards this side" they say "ISHOO". Local Brahmins used to refer the Godavari river at Dharmapuri as Ganga for the reason that Godavari is also rendered respect of holding the name "The Dakshin Ganga". Godavari river near Dharmapuri has a number of places (Brahma Gundam, Yama Gundam, Satyavathi Gundam, Pala Gundam, etc...) to take holy bath. Dharmapuri has produced some of the best Sanskrit Scholars. The temple presently under the management of Endowment Department of Government of Andhra Pradesh, has an old Copper Relics depicting the "Sthala Purana" [The Locational Description]. Local Brahmins had the peculiar custom of marrying within their own relations as such lot of families spread within themselves. Some of them married girls from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Those young brides married way back in 1930s and 1940s during the time of Nizam, people of Tamil Nadu married their young children presuming "Dharmapuri" to be one of Dharmapuri near Salem of Tamil Nadu.
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