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 precisely located in Warangal – Hanumkonda highway. It is 150 kilometres away from Hyderabad city. The Temple built in the year 1163 AD by King Rudra Devi.
Thousand pillar temple is the main attraction of Hanumakonda. It looks like a star with three shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. The temple constructed on a 1-meter high platform on the slopes of Hanumakonda hill.
The Temple has a giant monolithic statue of Nandi made of black basalt with a polished finish. There are many small shrines of lingams around the garden. The Temple is famous for its splendidly carved pillars, detailed sculptures and screens. The three houses inside the Temple are known as Trikuntalayam.
The significance of the Temple:
It takes 3 hrs from Hyderabad to reach the temple in Warangal, the capital of Andhra Pradesh in the 11th and 12th century. It is a city with scintillating lakes, spectacular wildlife and beautiful temples. Kakatiyas ruled it for more than 200 years, and the architecture carved excellently by them.
The temple became the most famous Temple built by king Rudra Dev in 1163 AD. All the pillar are beautifully carving with represents the Chalukyan architecture. Thousand Pillars dedicated to three lords Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. The massive statue of Nandi placed at the entrance. Beautifully carved rock elephants placed at the door on either side of the Temple.
Thousand Pillar Temple Timings:
Thousand Pillar temple timings, the temple opens at 5 AM to closes at 9 PM every day.
Best time to visit 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 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 in between the Warangal and Hanamkonda.
The famous Jain Temple dedicated to Mahaveer located here in Kolanupaka built 2,000 years ago with beautiful images of Tirthankaras. The fifth tallest image of Mahaveer is with complete Jade. It is 80 km from the Hyderabad. Kolanupaka was the second capital of Kalyani Chalukyas during the 11th century.
Sri Veeranarayana Temple built around 1104 AD, represents the Chalukyan style.
Lake Pakhal built in 1213 AD by King Ganapathidev. The lake made by Channelizing River Krishna’s small tributary. It is 30 sq-km wide and is 50 km away from Warangal.
How to Reach:
- Through Airways: Hyderabad airport is the nearest airport.
- Railways: Warangal railway station is the nearest with well connected with all the major cities of India.
- Through Roadways: TSRC is providing buses for Warangal to all its neighbouring cities. You can also go by private transport.