Warangal was once the capital of the Kakatiya dynasty and lies 100km. from Hyderabad. The 1000 pillared temple on the slopes of the Hanumakonda hill and Bhadrakali temple is a tourist attraction. The other important monument in Warangal is the fort built by the Kakatiyas. The historic town earlier known as Orugallu was the glorious capital of the great Kakatiyas during 13th century AD. It became an important centre of Telugu culture and literature under the Kakatiya kings. The fort city is studded with magnificent monuments and temples depicting some of the finest forms of architecture in South India. Warangal is also well known for its durries (carpets) and rumals.
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Thousand Pillared Temple
The star shaped temple at Hanamkonda is a master piece of Kakatiya architecture and one of the most famous monuments of Andhra Pradesh. It was built in 1163, by Kakatiya king Rudra Deva and is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Surya (sun). The exquisitely caved pillars, splendid sculptures and a huge six feet high Nandi are noteworthy.
The Ramappa Temple
The Ramappa Temple at Palampet is 77km from Warangal. The temple is a splendid fusion of the Chalukyan and Hoysala architectures.
Srisailam is located on 230 from Hyderabad is the famous pilgrimage centre dedicated to Lord Shiva. The presiding deity Lord Mallikarjuna is believed to be one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of the country. An unique feature of this Shiva temple is that any devotee irrespective of caste or creed can touch the Lord and worship him.
Sri Bhadrakali Temple
The 8th century shrine set atop a hillock near Thousand Pillar temple enshrines a2.7m tall statue of the Goddess Kali. Other shrines in the temple complex are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Subramaniyam Swamy, Anjaneya and Nava Grahas. The Dasara Navarathri festival is celebrated here for 9 days.
The foundation of this magnificent fort was laid in 1199, by king Ganapathi Deva and was completed in 1261, by his daughter Rudramadevi. It has 45 exquisitely carved towers and pillars. Within the fort is the temple of Mother Earth known as ‘Swayambhudevi Alayam’. Near the shrine is the famous ‘Ekshila’, an ornately carved gateway resembling the gateway at Sanchi.
This elegant edifice near the fort was built by Shitabh Khan. It is a mute witness to the glorious past of Warangal. The idols excavated from surrounding area and displayed here.
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Eturnagaram, Sanctuary (80km)
It sprawls along the banks of river Godavari and is one of the oldest sanctuaries of Andhra Pradesh. The key fauna includes tiger, leopard, sloth bear, chousingha, black buck and many varieties of birds. Best season – October to May.
The important Jain and Hindu pilgrim centre was the capital of Kalyani Chalukyas in 11th century and the birth place of Renukacharya, a great Veera Shaiva saint. It has a number of ancient Jain and Hindu temples adorned with beautiful sculptures.
Amaravati is another Buddhist centre of ancient times, which flourished between the 3rd century AD. This place is well known for its marble Stupa, which is exquisitely carved with lamps, decorated all round. Amaravati is 148km from Nagarjuna Sagar.
Sri Govindaraja Perumal temple at Tirupati is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this is at the middle of the town. There is also a Shiva temple at the foot of the hill going to Tirumala.
The temple of Padmavatiamman (consort of Lord Venkateshwara) is about 5 km from Tirupati.
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