Thousand Pillar Temple, Hanamakonda, Telangana

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Deity: Shiva, Vishnu, Surya
Architectural style: Kakatiya, Chalukya, Kadamba architecture
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Locale: Hanamakonda, India Warangal
District:: Hanamakonda
Address: Warangal-Hyderabad Rd, Brahmanawada, Hanamkonda, Telangana 506011
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The Thousand Pillar Temple or Rudreshwara Swamy Temple is a historic Hindu temple located in the town of Hanamakonda, Telangana State, India. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Surya.

Thousand Pillar Temple, along with “warangal Fort” and “Ramappa Temple” are added to the tentative list of World Heritage sitesrecognised by UNESCO.

Architecture

The Thousand Pillar Temple with its ruins lies near the Hanamkonda-Warangal Highway in Telangana State, about 150 kilometres (93 mi) from the city of Hyderabad.

Rudreswara Temple locally known as Veyisthambala Gudi (Thousand pillars temple) is one of the fine and earliest available examples of Kakatiya art, architecture and sculpture. It was built by Rudra Deva, and named after him as ‘Sri Rudreswara swamy temple with the presiding deity as Rudreswara, in 1163 AD in the style of later Chalukyan and early Kakatiyan Architecture, star shaped and triple shrined (Trikutalaya). The temple is a fine specimen of architecture and sculpture with One thousand pillars. There are richly carved pillars, perforated screens, exquisite icons; rock cut elephants and the monolithic dolerite Nandi as components of the temple. Strengthening of foundations like sand box technique, the skill of Kakatiya sculptors is manifest in adroit craftsmanship and flawless ivory carving technique in their art. The ingenuity of Kakatiya sculptors is visible in likes of lathe turned, and shiny polish in dolerite and granite stone sculpture and craft work of Nava rangamandapa.

The temple was renovated in 2004 by the Government of India. Archaeological Survey of India and modern engineers have been working for the temple’s further renovation.now it is located in hanamkonda

Legend / Local stories

Many Hindu temples were developed under the patronage of Ganapati Deva, Rudrama Devi and Prataparudra who were of Kakatiya dynasty. The Thousand Pillar Temple was believed to be constructed during the period between 1175–1324 CE by order of the king, Rudra Deva. It stands out to be a masterpiece and achieved major heights in terms of architectural skills by the ancient Kakatiya vishwakarma sthapathis.

It was desecrated by the Tughlaq dynasty during their invasion of the Deccan. But the Nizam of Hyderabad Mir Osman Ali Khandonated 1 Lakh INR towards this temple.

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How to Reach:

Through Airways: Through Airways the city has domestic airport situated at Hyderabad which is the nearest and most convenient air connection with the rest of the country. Indian Airlines connects Hyderabad with Delhi and other major cities of India. For more information on flight schedule and timings refer to the official website of Indian Airlines.

Through Railways: Through Railways the city of Warangal has its own railway station which connects it to major Indian cities. Important daily trains between Delhi and Warangal are the G T Exp., Tamil Nadu Exp., Kerala Exp. and Dakshin Exp. For train timings and online bookings, refer to the official site of Indian Railways

Through Roadways: Through Roadways, the state of Andhra Pradesh has transport corporation operating regular buses for Warangal to all the major neighbouring cities including Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Karimnagar and Khammam. Private taxis can also be hired, available from various locations around the city.

Through Local Transport:Through Local Transport the temple is accessible where the facilities are easily available and primary means of transport to move around inside the city include Buses, Taxis, auto-rickshaws and cycle rickshaws.

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