Medak is a town located in the Medak District of Telangana State, India, situated at a distance of 104 km north of Hyderabad. The original name of Medak was Siddapuram, which was later called Gulshanabad, and now Medak.
Locals in Medak celebrate various festivals of Telangana, notably the festival of Bathukamma, a 9-day long worship of patron goddess of womanhood, Maha Gauri. The goddess is worshipped in the form of the Bathukamma. Other notable festivals celebrated in Medak include Bonalu and Peerla Panduga, celebrated by both Hindus and Muslims.
There are many historical temples in Medak, which attract tourists such as Shri Saraswathi Kshetramu, near Ananthasagar, a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi. Edupayala Durga Bhavani Gudi, located in Telangana close to the states of Karnataka and Maharashtra, is a shrine dedicated to goddess Durga Bhavani that has unique natural stone formations. Edupayalu means “seven streams”, as it is located near the spot where the Manjeera River splits into seven streams. Kasi Visweswara temple, Kotilingeshwara swamy temple and Joginatha temple are other popular destinations.
Methukudurgam fortress or Medak fort depicts the city’s prosperous times during the reign of the Kakatiya dynasty built during the reign of Kakatiya emperor Pratapa Rudra. The name Medak comes from the Telugu word methuku, which means “cooked rice grain.” The fortress is located strategically on top of a hill and has three main entrances that are each decorated with different sculptures. The town also has a renowned art museum.
Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary is a forest and wildlife sanctuary named after the nearby Pocharam Lake. Medak Cathedral that falls under the Diocese of Medak is the single largest diocese in Asia. The district is home to medium irrigation projects, Manjeera and Singur reservoirs. Water from these reservoirs is supplied to Hyderabad city and also used for cultivation locally.
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