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Temples of Warangal District, Andhra Pradesh
Temples of Warangal District include the famous 1000-pillared Temple, Rudreswara Temple, Ghanpur Temples and the Bhadrakali Temple.
 
 Temples of Warangal District, Andhra PradeshMailardeva Aalayam Temple is located at Ayinavolu, Warangal which has another name - Mallikarjunaswamy Aalayam. It was built by King Kakati Rudradev and received royal patronage. The Sivalinga is white in colour and stands on a broad panavattam-platform. Just above the linga, is a six-foot high image of Mailardeva flanked by His consorts, Balija Medalamma and Gollaketamma. The image reveals the Rudra avatar of Shiva. He holds his four hands like potent weapons, like Trishula, Khadga, Damaru and Padma. It lies at a distance of 14 km to Warrangal.

Thousand Pillar Temple is situated at Warangal where a shrine of Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Surya is placed. This is a 12th century temple and it is the main attraction of Hanamkonda and built by Rudra Devi. It has the Kakatiya style of architecture. The temple is star shaped and has three shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva (Rudreswara), Vishnu (Vasudeva) and Surya. It is built on one metre high platform on the slopes of the Hanumakonda hill. It has a majestic monolithic Nandi in black basalt with a polish look and the 1000-pillared hall. (The hall does not exist in its entirety). Small lingam shrines surround the garden. The temple is famous for its richly carved pillars, screens and detailed sculpture.

Rudreswara Temple is located at Palampet near Warangal where a deity: Rudreswara (Shiva) is housed. The Kakatiyas built this temple in the 13th century AD. This temple is an art gallery in itself with beautifully carved works, exquisite ceilings and columns adding to the grand architecture. There is a man made lake here and many other temples.

Temples of Warangal District, Andhra PradeshGhanpur Temples are located at Warangal where a deity of Lord Shiva is housed. The Kakatiya temple resembles the Palampet temple. Many small shrines and mandapams surround it is now ruins. Ghanpur temples are a group of temples and are worth a visit because of their architectural skills and are popularly known as Kota Gullu.Constructed by King Ganapatideva, the ruler of the Kakatiya dynasty from 1199-1260. The Ghanpur Temples consist of about 20 temples. All vary in size and in design. There are several mandapams and are constructed within a double walled stone enclosure. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The most striking feature of the temples is the Sabha mandapa porches. The two mandikas or salabhanjikas found in the northern side of the portico are very impressive in appearance. The porticos on the eastern and southern sides are embellished with mythical figures of Gaja Kesari, half man half lion riding an elephant, horse-head lion on elephant.

Mallikarjuna Temple is situated on Shri Shaila Mountain by the banks of Patal Ganga. This temple is also known as Kailash of the South. Mallikarjuna is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines in India. The presiding deities of Mallikarjuna temple are Mallikarjuna (Shiva) and Bhramaramba (Devi).

Bhadrakali Temple is located on the hilltop between the cities of Hanamkonda and Warangal. The deity is called Grant Mother Goddess. The image is seated with a fierce look in her eyes and on her face. The goddess wears a crown and has eight hands holding various weapons.

(Last Updated on : 02/04/2013)
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