Located at a distance of 22 kms from Khammam, Kusumanchi Temple is situated in Khammam District of Telangana.
Kusumanchi is an ancient shrine, which was popularly known as Krupamani during the Kakatiya period. The Shivalingam in this shrine is one of the largest in Andhra Pradesh. It is home to Sri Ganapeshwaralayam and Mukkanteswaralayam, the two Siva temples built by the Kakatiya rulers during 12th and 13th centuries. These temples stand as testimony to the architectural skills of the Kakatiya kings. The historical shrines have a striking resemblance to famous Ghanpur and Ramappa temples of Kakatiya period in the Warangal district. Ganapeshwaralayam temple is constructed using stone resembling thousand pillars temple of Warangal in architecture. The Shiva lingam in the temple is three meters high with a radius of two meters and it is one of the biggest Shivalingas in the state. Built on an elevated platform facing east, the temple consists of pillared rangamandapa and antarala followed by the sanctum. With entrances on three sides, the temple is a beautiful structure. There is a 15 ft high idol of Lord Venu Gopala on the southern side of the temple. Mukkanteswaralayam is located a few meters away from Ganapeswaralayam. It is a trikutalaya with three shrines having common mandapa. Each shrine has a portico, garbhagruha and antarala with a common 16-pillared mandapa. The pillars in the common mandapa are wonderfully carved with images of swans and floral designs.
Scores of devotees throng the temple during Sravanamasam and other auspicious occasions more particularly during the Sivaratri. The two temples stand testimony to the architectural acumen of the great Kakatiya kings.
The temple is visited throughout the day for all seven days of the week. Visitors generally spend about two hour to discover the divine shine and the architectural wonder. The temple can be visited during timings 9:00 AM - 5:45 PM.