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Thousand Pillar Temple, Warangal

The Thousand Pillared temple is located at Hanumakonda. The carvings on the temple are quite beautiful. The Hanumakonda was the ancient capital of Kakatiyas of Warangal. The famous "Thousand Pillar Temple" built in 1163 A.D. by Rudra Deva, is located between Hanamkonda and Warangal, the twin towns. An excellent model of Kakatiya architecture, built in the style of Chalukya temples - a star-shaped and triple-shrine, with perforated screens, exquisite icons and rock cut elephants. The Thousand Pillared temple are dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. The extra attraction is the splendid six-foot monolith Nandi carved out of granite with a smooth finish. The one thousand pillars themselves are richly carved. Close by is one more famous temple of Bhadrakali, noted for its stone image of Goddess Kali, depicted in a sitting posture. The Thousand Pillared temple is built on a 1m high platform on the slopes of the Hanumakonda hill, and has a majestic monolithic Nandi. The black basalt Nandi, a monolith, has a lovely polished finish. There are many small lingam shrines surrounding the gardens. The temple is famous for its richly carved pillars, screens and detailed sculpture. The atmosphere is calm and serene with the echoing ringing of the puja bells, gentle chirping of the birds and the soothing cool breeze.


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