Thousand Pillar Temple

Saivam and Vainavam

 

Overview

 Rudreshwara Swamy Temple is located in the town of Hanamakonda, Telangana State, India.It is dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. It is a historic Hindu temple. Thousand Pillar Temple belongs to the 12th century. Many Hindu temples were developed under the patronage of Ganapati Deva, Rudrama Devi and Prataparudra of Kakatiya dynasty. The Thousand Pillar Temple was believed to be constructed during the period between 1175–1324 CE by order of the king,
 
Rudra Deva. It stands out to be a masterpiece and achieved major heights in terms of architectural skills by the ancient Kakatiya vishwakarma sthapathisIt is located near Hanamkonda-Warangal highway. The construction displays the influence of Kakatiyan architectural style.
 
The temple is dedicated to three gods namely Shiva, Surya and Vishnu. The temple earns the name owing to the thousand pillars that are uniquely adorned and carved. Rock cut elephants and the intricate stonework add beauty to the temple. Excellent sculptures and perforated screens need special mention.
 
The temple is a star shaped architecture, which is an example of the expertise of the craftsmen of the period. The temple is supported by the richly carved out pillars. The screens and the beautiful sculptures which adorn the walls of the temple add to the magnificence of the structure. You can also find a huge monolith Nandi, which is made up of black basalt. It has a wonderful polished finish, which adds to its grandeur. The temple stands on a platform of 1 meter, which slopes towards the Hanumakonda hill. The garden surrounding the temple is simply beautiful. Small lingam shrines adorn the garden. The garden is well maintained and has serenity around it. The chirping of the birds mingled with the ringing of the temple bells creates an aura around the Thousand Pillar Temple – Hanamkonda. Counted as one of the principal monuments in India, this temple is the biggest draw at Hanamkonda.
 
 It's Rich carved pillars are famous among the people. People also likes its architecture and sculptor. The Thousand Pillar Temple has been built at the base of the Hanamkonda hill. As the name suggests, there are one thousand intricately carved pillars of wide range and different sizes. The pillars of the main temple are firmly interwoven and form its parapet. Apart from the ornately carved pillars, the temple also has delicate smokescreens, brilliant stonework, and detailed and elaborate sculptures that will leave you enthralled The combination of the three shines of the temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Surya is known as Trikutalayam. Of the three shrines, Shiva's shrine has been positioned facing the east while other shrines face south and west. This was so, because the Kakatiyas were great devotees of Lord Shiva and wanted early morning sun rays to fall directly on Shiva Lingam. 
 
On the fourth side of the Thousand Pillar Temple is Shiva’s sacred bull, Nandi. It has been carved out of a monolithic black stone, which is an impressive piece of art. Adding to its exclusivity, the Nandi in the Thousand Pillar Temple faces east, unlike most Nandis in Indian temples that face west. Enclosed within these four corners is the ‘Natya Mandapam’ where dancers performed. The pillars that support this innermost chamber of the temple are large and made of multiple blocks of stone. 
 
Several small shrines devoted to the lingam, i.e. Lord Shiva, enclose the huge lawn of the Thousand Pillar Temple. Neatly carved rock-cut elephants built on both the sides of the temple entrance are wonderful icons. Presently, the temple is being sustained by the Archaeological Survey of India which has recognised it as one of the protected monuments.
The temple is star-shaped with several shrines and lingams. There are three shrines inside the temple called the Trikutalayam, dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, and Surya. There are 1,000 pillars in the structure, but no pillar obstructs a person in any point of the temple to see the God. The temple is surrounded by a big garden in which many small lingam shrines can be seen. There is a carving of a Nandi bull in the form of a highly polished black basalt monolith.
 
The Thousand Pillar Temple is constructed on a platform that is raised to a height of 1 metre (3.3 ft) from ground level. Rock-cut elephants and perforated screens in the temple are characteristic of the then prevailing dynasty.
 
Best time to visit: October to March
 
Temple Timing: 6.00am to 8.00pm
 
How to Reach,
Road Way: People can easily reach to this temple by city bus. It is just 6 KM away from Bus Station 
 
Nearest Railway Station:  Warangal Railway Station
 
Nearest Airport: Hyderabad Airport

Location

Country
India
State
Andhra Pradesh
City
Warangal
Location
Hanamkonda
Address
Thousand Pillar Temple, Warangal Hwy, Brahmanawada, Hanamkonda, Telangana 506011
Contact Info
Phone: 098490 14974
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Warangal Hwy, Brahmanawada
Nearest Railway Station
Warangal (WL)
Nearest Airport




Open Year
1163 AD
Dedicated To
Rudra Deva
Visiting Hours
6.00am to 8.00pm

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  •  Rudreshwara Swamy Temple is located in the town of Hanamakonda, Telangana State, India.It is dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. It is a historic Hindu temple. Thousand Pillar Temple belongs to the 12th century. Many Hindu temples were developed under the patronage of Ganapati Deva, Rudrama Devi and Prataparudra of Kakatiya dynasty. The Thousand Pillar Temple was believed to be constructed during the period between 1175–1324 CE by order of t

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