Dharmapuri Temples (Dharmapuri)
DHARMAPURI is one of the oldest villages in Andhra Pradesh situated in Karimnagar District of the Telengana region. This is located (in the western bank (Right Bank) of the sacred river Godavari that flows here southwards forming a natural border between Karimnagar and Adilabad districts. Dharmapuri is situated in the Jagtial Taluk of Karimnagar District and is about 30 miles from Jagtial town.
Near Karimnagar, there is a temple called the Dharmapuri temple. It has the idol of the Yoga Narsimha, which is one of the avatars of the Vishnu and the Ramlingeshwara. They are associated to the legend from the Ramayana.
Gauthama Mahamuni and King Dharma Varma are mentioned in the mythological background of the Dharmapuri Temple.
Dharmapuri attained religious importance owing to the existence of the shrine dedicated to Narasimha Swamy, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Dharmapuri Kshetra Mahatyam on palm leaves with 3500 Sanskrit slokas telling the puranic story and greatness of this Lord. It is dated in the saka year 850, which corresponds to A.D. 928.
The name of this village is mentioned in the inscriptions and literary works. The Kurkiyala inscription of Jinavallagha dated to A.D.945 mentions this village as Dharmavura or Dharamapuramu; gifted by King Arikesari II to his court-poet Pampa as an agrahara for his enormous work Vikramarjuna Vijaya.