Temples in Warangal District
Temples in Warangal District
SRI BHADRAKALI DEVASTHANAM, WARANGAL
This temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali, the Giant moyher Goddess, with fierce looking eyes and face. The Diety is believed to be worshipped bt the Historic ruler pulakesin-II of Chalukya Dynasty in the year 625 A.D. after his win over the ‘Vengi’ region of Andhra Desha. The minister of Kakatiya Ganapathy Deva namely ‘Hari’ has constructed the tank and road to the temple. Every tourist to Warangal will certainly make a visit to this historical temple to have the blessings of the Mother Goddess.
SRI SWAYAMBU TEMPLE, FORT WARANGAL
It is a historic temple in which Lord Swayambhu was worshipped by the famous Kakatiya Ruler ‘Prataparudra’ every day during his life time. The presiding Diety is Lord Siva called as swayambhu (Lieterally means self incarnated God). The temple is very adjacent to the ruins of Kakatiya Capital at Fort Warangal. There will be flow of pilgrims, tourists during all seasons from all over India and abroad to witness the ruins of Kakatiya Dynasty.
SRI RUDRESWARA SWAMY TEMPLE, HANAMKONDA
The temple decorated with one thousand pillers temple, and popularity known as Thousand pillars temple. The Kakatiya ruler ‘Rudra Deva’ built this historic monument in the year 1163 A.D. and named after him as ‘Sri Rudreswara swamy temple ‘Trikootalaya”, The presiding diety is Rudreswara. The remaining two “Sanctum sanctorums” are dedicated to ‘Lord Durya’ and ‘Lord Vishnu’. The gains ‘Nandi’ as in Lepakshi in front of the temple is unique in sculptural beauty. It is under control and maintenance of the Archaeological Department.
RAMAPPA TEMPLE, PALAMPET
The temple is built in the year 1213 A.D. by ‘Recherla Rudraiah’. This historical temple attracts tourist from India and abroad as it is known for its architectural and sculptural beauty. The sculptures were encraved according to the postures mentioned by Jayapa Senani in his famous work ‘Nruthya Ratnavali’. The postures pertaining to Bharata Natya, Shrunga, Bharunga, Rathi, Perini Nritya etc., are encraved on the pillars and top-beams of ‘Mukha Mandapam’, The mythological episodes such as ‘Gopika Vastrapaharanam, Tripura samharm, Daksha Samharam, Ksheera Sagara Madhanam, Girija Kalyanam etc., stand for the highest standards of Kakatiya Sculpture. The ‘Nagini’ and other eleven devanarthakis are arranged as supporting beams on both sides of each entrance. The aesthetic sense which scaledinnumerable heights in Kakatiya sculpture is clearly evident in these twelve postures of deva narthakis. The Mudras and Bhangimas have highly inspired the dance master Dr.Natraja Ramakrishna in giving shape to the historical classical dance ‘Perini Siva Thandavam’. The Ramappa lake adjacent to the temple covering natural plant and zoo fauna will certainly become a feast to the eyes of every tourist.
SRI SOMESWARA LAXMINASASIMHA SWAMY TEMPLE, PALAKURTHY
It is located at a distance of 50 Kms from Warangal on a hillock in the out skirts of Palakurthy Mandal head quarters. It is also the birth place of famous poet palakurthy Somanadha Kavi of 12 the century. His samadhi can be seen here. This historic temple is dedicated to Lord Siva and Vishnu who incarnated in two adjacent caves at a height of 120 meters on the hillock. The ‘Pradakshina Path’ encircling the two caves is quite natural. There is a dillapidated ‘Surya’ Temple and Koneru can also be witnessed at this place. This place once flourished which the adherents of ‘Veera Saiva’ sect of Hiduism has lost prominence in cource of time presently it is a famous pilgrimage centre in warangal district. Pilgrims mostly from Karnataka and Maharashtra. Mainly the Veera Saivas will certainly make a visit once in year to have the blessings of presiding deities and Somanadhakan.
SRI MALLIKARJUNA SWAMY DEVASTHANAM,KOMURAVELLI
This temple is dedicated to Lord Sri Mallikarjuna swamy a fierce looking diety along with Kethamma and Medalamma on the both sides of the main diety. The temple is located in a cave on a small hillock at a distance of 110 Kms from warangal. Lakhs of piligrims congregate on the eve of Makara Sankranthi as Brahmotsavam starts. The clay moulded diety of Lord Mallikarjuna swamy is believed to be made 500 years ago. The temple is renovated and mandapamas and choultries etc., are constructed by Endowments Department. The ‘pedda patnam’ celebrated on Maha Sivaratri day attract pilgrims in lakhs. It is located at a distance of 85 kms from the state capital on Karimnagar – Hyderabad – Highway (Rajiv Rahadari).
SRI MALLIKARJUNA SWAMY DEVASTHANAM, AYINAVOLU
This temple is believed to be built prior to Kakatiyas around 700 A.D. and developed by Kakatiya rulers. The Unique Keerthi Toranams of Kakatiya style can be seen on the east and southern side of the temple. The presiding diety is Lord Mallikarjuna swamy with fierce looking eyes and sword versel of bood, Dharmarukm and Shulam in his four hands. This temple is located at a distance of 12 kms from warangal city on Warangal Khammam Road. The rock engraved temple with spacious prakaram is a famous tourists spot.
SRI SAMMAKKA SARALAMMA JATHRA, MEDARAM
It is famous tribal Jathra in the midst of dense forest. Lakhs of pilgrims pour into this spot biennially to have the blessings of mother Goddesses Sri Sammakka and Saralamma who have attained ‘Martydom’ at this sacred place in the battle held with the forces of Kakatiyas ruler Prathaparudra. Since then the Jathra is being celebrated biennially. The Government of Andhra Pradesh declared this holy jathra as State Festival.
Every two years, approximately 5 million people converge over three days around the small village of Medaram, 90 km from Warangal city.
SRI VEERA BHADRA SWAMY DEVASTHANAM, KURAVI
This temple is believed to be constructed by the famous ruler ‘Bheema Raju’ of Vengi Chalukya Dynasty and renovated by the Kakatiya ruler ‘Betharaju-I. The reference of this temple has also made by the famous traveller ‘Marko-Poli’ as it stood as the capital of Vengi Chalukya Dynasty. The presiding diety is Lord Veerabhadra swamy is fierce looking Diety with three eyes and ten hands. The annual jathra Brahmotsavams will be celebrated during the mahasivarathri Festival.
SRI RAMACHANDRA SWAMY TEMLE, JEEDICAL
It is located at distance of 10 kms from Jangoan. The temple is an ancient one and believed that, Lord Sri Rama visited this temple on his way to ‘Lanka’ (Sri Lanka) after separation from Sita Devi. People also believe that, Rama has killed the ‘Maricha’ who was in the guise of ‘Maya Ledi’ or the Magis deer. A boulder namely ‘Ledi Banda’ can be seen here. “Jeedigundam” and “Palagundam” are the two pushkarinis for the holy dip of the pilgrims.
Kolanupaka, 80 km from Hyderabad, is situated between Hyderabad and Warangal. This was the second capital town of Kalyani Chalukyas during the 11th century. During this period the village was a religious centre of Jains, and ranks among other great Jain centers in the south. The State Department of Archaeology and Museums established the Kolanupaka Museum which exhibits exquisite artifacts from the numerous historical monuments in Kolanupaka.
Kolanupaka Site Museum
Kolanupaka came into prominence when it was made the alternate capital of the Kalyani Chalukyas in the 11th century AD. The State Department of Archaeology and Museums established a sculptural gallery, which exhibits artifacts from the various historical monuments in Kolanupaka.
The 2,000-year-old Jain temple of Mahavira is a famous place of worship for Jains in the country. The temple is embellished with beautiful images of Tirthankaras The 5ft high image of Mahavira is carved entirely out of jade
GHANPUR GROUP OF TEMPLES
The Ghanpur group of temples, comprising of 22 temples constructed within a double walled stone enclosure contain a veritable museum of Kakatiya art and architecture. Among the group of temples, the main temple, which is dedicated to Lord siva is most attractive. The main attraction is of the Sabhamandapa porches. Two madanikas or salabhanjikas, which are on northern side portico, are much more attractive and blithe in their appearance, compared to the famous Palampet(Ramappa Temple) bracket figures.
Apart from these, mythical figure brackets such as Gaja-Kesari, Half human-Lion form riding on elephant, Horse-head Lion back on elephant are also arranged under the eves in eastern and southern side porticos. To the north from main temple, there is another temple dedicated t Siva which is exact replica of the main temple. To the south of the main temple, there is a pillared mandap whose central ceiling is decorated with different kinds patma motives. More over nineteen subsidiary shrines consisting of garbhgriha and antarala are placed around the temple.
There is no information about the builder of these great temples except three inscriptions which only talk about visit of Vibhuttigaru, a house hold servant of Panditharadhya. But on stylistic grounds and comparing architectural features of ~mous Ramappa temple at Palampet village, it can be presumed that these temples were most probably constructed during the time of Ganpathidev Maharaj in early 13 the Century A.D. These magnificient group of temples are located adbist tall and lofty palmyra trees and this luxuriant vegetation serves as a beautiful backdrop making visit to these temples a visual feast and a memorable one.
The Ghanpur group of temples are located in Ghanpur mandal headquarters, around 62 kms away from Warangal. It can be reached via Mulug and Palampet and is connected with a regular bus service.
The group of temples is a protected monument but nothing has been done to removate or improve it. The temples are in little dilapidated condition. The mud wall around the temple is also dilapidated and these is a growth of wild bushes on it and in the area enclosed by the wall. Moreover, the temple is about 300 meters from the road and only a katcha path leads to it.
The temple needs major renovation by resetting the dislocated parts, laying of concrete roof, reconstruction of certain dilapidated temples and arranging pathways inside the complex for smooth movement of visitors.
A road of about 300 meters length needs to be constructed from main road up to the temple.
The mud wall surrounding the temple needs to be improved and benches and shade structures need to be erected on it.
The area enclosed by the mud wall can be developed as a beautiful garden to attract the visitors.
Public toilets need to be constructed for the convenience of the Public.
A small canteen to be constructed and leased out.
AJMER SHARIF :
Ajmer is venerated as a holy place for both Hindus and Muslims. It has the mausoleum of the Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti whose blessings are eagerly sought by pilgrims to his dargah. Known as the ‘Dargah Sharif’ the last resting place of the saint who died in 1235 lies at the foot of a barren hill.
The saint’s marble domed mausoleum is India’s most important shrine for Muslims and receives an endless flow of visitors of all religions as the sick, the troubled and the childless come here seeking a boon, a blessing or just peace of mind. Legend has it that the Mughal emperor, Akbar came here to the saint in the 16th century in quest of a boon for an heir and the saint obliged.
The Urs or annual pilgrimage of the devout is celebrated each May at the Dargah with millions of pilgrims arriving in Ajmer to pay homage. Lengthy queues of several kilometres snake their way past the tomb at the shrine while outside the Dargah precincts, two massive cauldrons cook sweet rice garnished with dry fruits and condiments to be served as ‘Tabarukh’ or sanctified food. Within the dargah lies a mosque, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Like all of Shah Jahan’s buildings, the mosque too, is an architectural marvel – a magnificent building in white marble with a long and narrow courtyard for the faithful to pray in, richly embellished with ornate calligraphic inscriptions and delicate carvings and detailed trelliswork.
A short walk north of the Dargah brings you to the oldest surviving monument of Ajmer’s Muslim rule, the remarkable Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpara. In 1193 A.D, the Afghan Mohammad Ghori conquered Ajmer and converted a Sanskrit school into a mosque by adding a seven arched wall in front of the pillared hall in just two-and-a-half days.
Taragarh Fort was built on a hilltop by Ajaipal Chauhan, the founder of the city in the 7th century and is about 3 km from the city of Ajmer. A steep climb up rewards the weary visitor with an amazing birds eye view of Ajmer.
A spectacular road journey up and over the Nag Pahar (Snake Mountain) brings you to the holy town of Pushkar (11 km away), on the banks of the picturesque Pushkar Lake. Just 27 km north of Ajmer is the small erstwhile kingdom of Kishangarh, whose remarkable contribution to Rajasthan’s culture has been in the field of painting. The celebrated Kishangarh School of miniature paintings is renowned for its lyrical depiction of the divine lovers, Radha and Krishna.
Fatima Church at Fathimanagar in Kazipet is a unique Roman catholic Church and is famous in Telegana Region. Many devotees from all over A.P in thousands visit the church to venerate Mary Matha and participate in festival celebration in the month of February every year. Most of the devotees are under belief that they get lot of relief and their petitions put forth are fulfilled.