Thousand Pillar Temple:
Thousand Pillar temple is in Warangal district of Telangana. The architecture of the temple illustrates the Kakatiyan culture of the 12th century. The temple is in exactly located in Warangal – Hanumkonda highway. It is 150 kilometers away from the Hyderabad city. It was built in the year 1163 AD by King Rudra Devi.
Thousand pillar temple is the main attraction of Hanumakonda, its shape looks like a star. There are three shrines present that are dedicate to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. Thousand pillar temple is built on a 1-meter high platform on the slopes of Hanumakonda hill. It has a great monolithic statue of Nandi. Nandi was made of black basalt with a polished finish. There are many small shrines of lingams around the garden. The temple is popular for its splendidly carve pillars, detailed sculptures and screens. The three shrines inside the temple are known as Trikuntalayam.
The significance of the Temple:
It takes 3 hrs from Hyderabad to reach Thousand pillar temple in Warangal. the capital of Andhra Pradesh in 11th and 12th century. It was a beautiful city with scintillating lakes, spectacular wildlife and beautiful temples. Kakatiyas ruler it for more than 200 years, the architecture was beautifully carve by them.
Thousand pillar temple became the most popular temple that was build by king Rudra Dev in 1163 AD. All the pillar are beautifully carving with represents the Chalukyan architecture. The thousand pillar is dedicat to three lords Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. The huge statue of Nandi is place at the entrance. Beautifully carving rock elephants are place at the entrance on either side of the temple.
Best time to visit Thousand Pillar Temple:
Thousand pillar temple is a great example representing Kakatiyan architecture. Splendidly carved pillars, amazing icons, rock-cut elephants and perforated screens all together are worth watching. October to March is the best time to visit the thousand pillar temple.
Other places to visit – Warangal:
Bhadra Kali temple is on a hilltop that is famous for its stone image of Goddess Kali. It is between the Warangal and Hanamkonda.
The famous Jain temple dedicated to Mahaveer is located here in Kolanupaka. It was build 2,000 years ago with beautiful images of Thirthankaras. The fifth tallest image of Mahaveer is complete with Jade. It is 80 km away from the Hyderabad. Kolanupaka was the second capital of Kalyani Chalukyas during the 11th century.
Sri Veeranarayana Temple is build around 1104 AD represents the Chalukyan style.
Lake Pakhal was building in 1213 AD by King Ganapathidev, It was build by Channelizing River Krishna’s small tributary. It is 30 sq-km wide that is 50 km away from Warangal.
How to Reach:
- Through Airways: Hyderabad airport is the nearest airport.
- Railways: Warangal railway station is well connect with all the major cities of India.
- Through Roadways: Transport Corporation of Telangana government is operating buses for Warangal to all its neighboring cities. You can also go by your private transport.