Ramappa Temple is the pride of Telangana as this temple is worthwhile for its architectural elegance. Ramappa Temple is located 77 km from Warangal district, the ancient capital of the Kakatiya dynasty. This temple is 157 km from Hyderabad in the state of Telangana in southern India. It lies in a valley at Palampet village of Venkatapur Mandal, in erstwhile Mulug Taluq of Warangal district. An inscription in the temple dates it to the year 1213 AD. It is have been built by Recherla Rudra, a general of Kakatiya Dynasty, during the period of the Kakatiya ruler Ganapati Deva, who was the prominent ruler of Kakatiya times.
Ramappa Temple is a medieval temple of Lord Shiva, who is worshipped and named after the sculptor Ramappa. It is the only temple in the world named after its sculptor of that temple. Its presiding deity, Lord Ramalingeswara, is the form of Lord Shiva and a personal God of the Avatar of Vishnu, Lord Rama.
This temple is the excellent example of Kakatiya art, planned and sculpted by Ramappa, with a span of forty years. The temple was built on the classical pattern of being lifted above the world on a high star-shaped platform. The intricate carving lines of the walls and cover of the pillars and ceilings are the cynosure of the Ramappa Temple. Starting at its base to its wall panels, pillars and ceiling are sculpted figures drawn from Hindu mythology. Through out the temple, there are the sculptural works of Ramayana and Mahabharata. The roof of the temple is built with bricks, which are so light that they are able to float on water.
The hall in front of the sanctum of Ramappa Temple is filled with exquisitely carved pillars that are placed as to combine light and space wonderfully with the finely chiselled walls and ceiling. There are two small shrines of Lord Shiva on either side of the main temple. The enormous Nandi within facing the shrine of Shiva remains in good condition. Ramappa temple is built with an area of 5 acres and twenty acres of land was developed by the greenery around the temple. A total of 25 kilometres radius found historic temples in the district. The similar architectural features can be identified in Ghanpur Group of temples.
(Last Updated on : 28-06-2014)
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