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Warangal - Andhra Pradesh

  • Submitted by: K.Sujatha -Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, India
  • Submission Date: 24th Sep 2008

I would like to share some of my experiences of the Warangal trip and take you along with me, to way back 1213AD.

Warangal which is also known as ORUGALLU was the capital city of Kakatiya dynasty.

We started our journey at 3pm to reach our destination Warangal which is 160km from Hyderabad.

The city is full of Temples and Universities and the famous Kakatiya gates welcomes you every where………….

Being rainy season, we have to pass through the pools of water at the irrigation canals, during our travel.

After three hours of journey we reached warangal at 6 pm and after relaxing for sometime…………….we hit the streets of Warangal , Hanumakonda and Kazipet to see the local flavor .

The next day we visited famous Bhadrakali temple and the lake beside it. The lake is full of water due to the heavy pouring for the past few days………….. besides we also saw the famous thousand pillar temple. The architecture is worth seeing………….When you enter the premises of the temple, you can see a temple on the raised platform. We had Shivdarshan ………………and huge Nandi stands just opposite the temple and following it is huge mandapam, but our Archeological survey …………is reconstructing the mandapam………….just like leaning tower of PISA our mandapam slightly started shrinking inside. As per the say, the mandapam was constructed on the well and that started shrinking down……………..the whole is being redone by the government and work is in progress.

Later in the noon……..we visited the famous RAMAPPA Temple………….

Ramappa is 65kms away from Warangal and it is in the midst of the forest and surrounded by mountains. The stretch was great to travel and its full of cotton and paddy cultivation. The belt is under a irrigation canal and is full of greenery. Due to heavy rains, the previous day the roads were cut of for traveling……….and we have to pass through the water and most of the local people are fishing from this rain water. Sight worth seeing.

Finally, there stands ramappa temple on a raised platform. By hearing the name ramappa…….we think it should be a temple for RAMA………….but it is really not…………the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva…………….The temple is named after the sculptor “ Ramappa”.

Architecture of the temple is amazing and the entire temple is constructed in white sand stone…..and the sculptures are with black stones. Some stones on the back side of the temple, has been constructed with two shades of the stone (red and cream combination) . The texture looks rough, but when you touch it is quite soft. The upper part of the gopuram is constructed by the black light weight bricks. The bricks are so light that if they are thrown in water, they float.

When you enter the temple ,there is a mandapam surrounded by the four pillars , engraved with the depiction from Ramayana, Sivapurana and Other Mythological Narratives………… and only one half of the pillar is left blank, to avoid the bad omen………….. when you look at this blank space from far, it looks like Shank. The cravings of the elephants on the walls of the temple tells about the direction to go into the temple. At one point on the wall of the main temple , you can play the “sapta swarms”.

Ventilation is so great, that there are no lights inside the temple during the day time. The main temple has lateral porched entarance on the three sides …………where the light falls on the pillars and in turn the reflection of the light falls on the main deity inside.

Outside the temple , the sculpture of the madanikas, nagins is indescribable………..
And you can see the inscriptions about the temple in telugu and kannada language. The other constructions over here are Nandi mandapa, Kameshwara and Kateswara Shrines.

The whole construction, tells what a technology our ancestors used at that time………………..

With this we finished our journey and we were back to the city by 8.30pm………..carrying great memories with us…………