Thousand Pillar Temple:
Thousand Pillar temple is in the Warangal district of Telangana. The architecture of the Temple illustrates the Kakatiyan culture of the 12th century. The Temple is precisely located on Warangal – Hanumkonda highway. It is 150 kilometres away from Hyderabad city. The Temple was built in the year 1163 AD by King Rudra Devi. Thousand Pillar Temple timings are from 5 AM to 9 PM.
Thousand pillar temple is the main attraction of Hanumakonda. It looks like a star with three shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. On a 0ne-meter high platform of Hanumakonda Hills constructed the temple.
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 splendid pillars, detailed sculptures and screens. The three houses inside the Temple are 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 centuries. It is a city with scintillating lakes, spectacular wildlife and beautiful temples. Kakatiyas ruled it for more than 200 years, and the architecture was excellent.
The Temple became the most famous Temple built by king Rudra Dev in 1163 AD. All the pillars are beautifully carved with represents Chalukyan architecture. Thousand Pillars are dedicated to three lords Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. The massive statue of Nandi was placed at the entrance. Beautifully carved rock elephants are 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, unique 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 famous for its stone image of Goddess Kali. It is in between the Warangal and Hanamkonda.
The famous Jain Temple dedicated to Mahaveer in the Kolanupaka was 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 Hyderabad. Kolanupaka was the second capital of Kalyani Chalukyas during the 11th century.
Sri Veeranarayana Temple, built around 1104 AD, represents the Chalukyan style.
King Ganapathidev built Lake Pakhal in 1213 AD, channelizing River Krishna’s small tributary made the lake. 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 closest with well connected with all the major cities of India.
- Through Roadways: TSRC provides Warangal buses to all its neighbouring towns. You can also go by private transport.