History of Akkanna Madanna Temple
Akkanna Madanna Temple is closely related with the medieval history of India. In the early phase of 17th century the city of Hyderabad was ruled by a king called Tana Shah. He was the emperor at the Golconda fort, now the archaeological remaining under the Archaeological Survey of India. The royal king had many ministers at his court of which Madanna and Akkanna both were brothers served as the Commander in Chief and the Prime Minister respectively. They raised into the prominence of political scenario of that time by the help of Sultanate of Golconda, who ruled that region between 1674 and 1685. Towards the end of their lives in October 1685 they came to dominate State Affairs in Golkonda. This is remarkable because they were administrators and ruled it and a large part of the elite of the sultanate were Muslims.
The twin brothers were born in Hanamkonda into a Telugu Brahmin family of four brothers and some sisters, among whom Akkanna was his favourite to mother. It is writing in the references of Dutch East India Company. Madanna was, however, the more talented. These two brothers were one of the favourite ministers of the king and stayed in a house near, where this temple of Mahankali existed. Being the true disciples of Goddess Mahankali, Akkanna and Madanna performed Puja every day at the holy temple before they left for the court of Golconda for their day's work. Soon after the killing of these two brothers, the temple was closed.
It has been more than 67 years since Akkanna Madanna Temple has been revived from the debris of Hari Bowli at Shalibanda. Before Akkanna Madanna Temple was rejuvenated, a very few people in the old city had the knowledge of the existence of this temple. Ever since the temple of the great Mahankali has seen the daylight of the old city of Golconda.
In the year 1998, Akkanna Madanna Temple was attacked by a group of anti social elements and partly destroyed the idle and temple belongings. Now Akkanna Madanna Temple is restored and it is opened for the pilgrimage tourism.
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