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Mahabubabad district has been carved out of erstwhile Warangal district. In Telugu, the region is also known as Manukota which is derived from the word Mranukota. In Telugu, 'Mranu' means 'tree' and 'Kota' means 'fort'. Manukota later derived its name from its past ruler, Mahabub, one of the officials of the Hyderabad Nizam.
The district shares boundaries with Suryapet, Khammam, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Jayashankar Bhupalpalle, Warangal Rural and Jangaon districts.
Geography : The district is spread over an area of 2,876.70 square kilometres (1,110.70 sq mi) . The region is mostly plain with occasional hillocks. Most of the land is used for agriculture. The mandals Bayyaram and Garla have rich iron ore deposits and coal. The district has Bheemunipadam waterfall and Edubavula water fall. There are several popular hillocks such as Pandavula Guttalu in Bayyaram Mandal.
Poulation : As per the 2011 Census of India, the district has a population of 774,549. Percentage of males is 50.10% and 49.9 % females. Most of the population lives in villages with 90.14 % rural population and 9.86% urban population. Literacy percentage of the disctrict is 57.1% below the state average of 66.5%/. The district has significant amount of scheduled tribes population, called Lambadas with about 37.8 % whereas scheduled castes are about 13.5%.
The district comprises of 16 mandals and 2 revenue divisions while the district headquarters is located at Mahabubabad town.
Kuravi Veerabhadra Swamy Temple
Kuravi Veerabhadra Swamy Temple –900 A.D. Holy Shaivite Temple of Mahabubabad District
Given the legend that inspires his creation, Veerabhadra is represented as having an angry face, three eyes and several hands. The hands are shown wielding multiple weapons to vent fury on the world to avenge the death of Sati. The annual Brahmotsavams is celebrated on the occasion of Mahasivarathri.
The Kuravi Veerabhadra Swamy temple is said to have been built by Bheema Raju (during 900 A.D.). He belonged to the Vengi Chalukyan dynasty. When governance passed into the hands of the Kakatiyan dynasty, Betharaju –I took up the work of renovating the temple complex.
The National Highway-365 passes through the town of Mahabubabad, which also enjoys good railway connectivity. KuraviVeerabhadraSwamy Temple, located nearly 11 km from Mahabubabad is a renowned divine destination and is easily accessible from the town. Tourists can avail a host of transport options ranging from auto rickshaws to luxury buses in order to access the temple.
The temple attracts huge crowds during festivals like Ugadi (Telangana New Year), Vinayaka Chavithi , Sankranthi Uthsavalu , Sri Ramanavami Celebrations , Kartheeka Masothsavams , Dussera Celebrations (Nava Ratri) , and Deepavali. However, the festival which attracts the maximum number of footfalls in the Kuravi Veera Bhadra Swamy Temple is the Mahasivratri Brahmothsavam festival. This is one of the biggest festivals to be celebrated in Kuravi. It celebrates the celestial wedding of Sri Veerabhadra Swamy and his consort Sri Bhadrakali. The temple during this time is a treat to watch. The whole area is decorated and decked up. The Brahmothsavam celebrations are held for 16 days. Devotees arrive in huge numbers to participate in the large scale celebrations. They observe Jagaram to commemorate this holy union and seek blessings from the Gods.
The Kuravi Veerabhadra Swamy Temple is frequented mostly by people from the tribal community. They form a principal part of Veera Bhadra Swamy’s devotees. This results in the temple premises being a prospective market for buying and selling of tribal jewelry particularly during the time of the festivals. Other than tribals, the Veera Bhadra Swamy Temple is also considered to be a revered spot by non-tribals and is often frequented by them.