Thousand Pillar Temple In Andhra Pradesh

A Specimen Of Kakatiya Architecture :

Thousand PillarTemple - Andhra Pradesh4-km from Hanumakonda crossroad in Warangal district is the Thousand Pillar Temple, a fine specimen of 'Kakatiya' architecture and sculpture. thousand pillar temple tours, andhra pradesh thousand pillar temple, thousand pillar temple tour, thousand pillar temple of andhra pradesh It is the main attraction of Hanamkonda. The temple was built by 'Rudra Devi' in 1163 AD.

The temple is in shape of a star and has three shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. The temple is built on a 1m high platform on the slopes of the Hanumakonda hill, and has a majestic monolithic Nandi. thousand pillar temple tours, andhra pradesh thousand pillar temple, thousand pillar temple tour, thousand pillar temple of andhra pradesh The black basalt Nandi, a monolith, has a lovely polished finish.

There are many small lingam shrines surrounding the gardens.thousand pillar temple tours, andhra pradesh thousand pillar temple, thousand pillar temple tour, thousand pillar temple of andhra pradesh The temple is famous for its richly carved pillars, screens and detailed sculpture. The atmosphere is calm and serene with the sonorous ringing of the puja bells, gentle chirping of the birds and the soothing cool breeze.

Location :
4-km from Hanumakonda crossroad in Warangal district is the Thousand Pillar Temple, a fine specimen of 'Kakatiya' architecture and sculpture.

About Warangal Temple / Thousand Pillar Temple :-
The 1000-pillar temple and the Ramappa temple in the district are glowing examples of the exquisite architecture patronized by the Kakatiyas. Warangal city today is part of a cluster of three towns - Warangal, Kazipet and Hanamkonda, the district headquarters. Attraction in the city are Planetarium, Musical Garden, Rock garden, Archeological Museum, Samskriti Vihar.

The district is also known of its picturesque lakes, hand-woven thick cotton fibre carpets, scroll painting done on cloth in earth colours mainly at Cheriyal nearby, and sheet-metal artistry at Pembarti. One of the most famous monuments of Andhra Pradesh, the Thousand Pillar Temple, located in Hanamkonda, was built in 1163 AD by the Kakatiya King Rudra Deva, following the Chalukyan style of temple architecture.

The star shaped, triple-shrined temple - dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Surya - with its perforated stone screens, richly carved icons, meticulously designed pillars and rock cut elephants, stands testimony to the highly evolved brilliance of Kakatiya architecture.

Warangal, the ancient capital of the Kakatiyas is at a distance of 142 km from Hyderabad by rail.Temple of Thousand Pillars Warrangal, Tourist Attraction Hanumakonda Thousand Pillared Temple Warrangal, Hanumakonda Thousand Pillared Temple in Andhra Pradesh It is home to the Hanumakonda thousand pillared temple. Palampet near Warangal in Deccan is home to brilliant Kakatiya art as seen in the Ramappa temple, that is near the ancient engineering marvel that is the 13th century Ramappa tank.

An inscription near the temple dates it to the year 1163 to the period of King Rudra of the Kakatiyas.

The Hanumakonda temple consists of three separate shrines to Rudreswara, Vasudeva and Surya, a narrow platform in the middle, and the thousand pillared hall in front. At the entrance to the temple is the nandi mandapa with a typical Kakatiya nandi.

All of the three sancta are richly decorated with pilasters and bas reliefs. Although named the thousand pillared hall, the number of pillars here is about 300.

Other Kakatiya temples: Enroute to Palampet from Warangal, there are the Katachpur and the Jakaram temples. At Ghanpur, further beyond Palampet, there is a temple resembling the Hanumakonda thousand pillared temple, surrounded by several shrines, all now in ruins.

History of Hanumakonda Thousand Pillared Temple
The temple was constructed in the year 1163 by King Rudra belonging to the Kakatiya dynasty. Temple of Thousand Pillars Warrangal, Tourist Attraction Hanumakonda Thousand Pillared Temple Warrangal, Hanumakonda Thousand Pillared Temple in Andhra Pradesh The authenticity of this piece of information cannot be questioned because there is an inscription near the temple which provides us with this piece of information.

Description of Hanumakonda Thousand Pillared Temple
At the entrance of this temple which is shaped like a star there is a Nandi Mandapa. Typical black basalt Nandi Bull with a very fine finishing is to be seen in the Mandapa. It is carved out of a single stone and the polish has been retained to this day. Then you will behold the thousand-pillared hall.

Even though the hall is referred to as the thousand pillared hall, there are just about 300 pillars in the hall. Temple of Thousand Pillars Warrangal, Tourist Attraction Hanumakonda Thousand Pillared Temple Warrangal, Hanumakonda Thousand Pillared Temple in Andhra Pradesh Three separate shrines dedicated to Rudreswara, Vasudeva and Surya are there in the temple. These shrines are beautifully decorated with pillars embedded in the wall and with sculptures. You will surely be impressed by these exquisite sculptural works. The carvings in this grand temple are elegant and refined.

Accommodation is available at the hotels in Warangal.

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How to get there ?

Air - The nearest airport is at Hyderabad , 157-km away.

Rail - Warangal has a railway station and is well connected by rail to important cities of India.

Road - APSTRC and Private buses connect Warangal with Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Karimnagar, Khammam and some other districts.

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