Warangal, the ancient capital of the
Kakatiyas is at a distance of 142 km from Hyderabad by rail. It is home to the Hanumakonda
thousand pillared temple. Palampet near Warangal in
Deccan is home to brilliant Kakatiya art as seen in the Ramappa
temple, that is near the ancient engineering marvel that is the 13th century Ramappa
An inscription near the temple dates it to the year
1163 to the period of King Rudra of the Kakatiyas.
The Hanumakonda temple consists of
three separate shrines to Rudreswara, Vasudeva and Surya, a narrow
platform in the middle, and the thousand pillared hall in front. At the entrance to the
temple is the nandi mandapa with a typical Kakatiya
All of the three sancta are richly decorated with
pilasters and bas reliefs. Although named the thousand pillared hall, the number of
pillars here is about 300.
Other Kakatiya temples: Enroute to
Palampet from Warangal, there are the Katachpur and the Jakaram
temples. At Ghanpur, further beyond Palampet, there is a temple
resembling the Hanumakonda thousand pillared temple, surrounded by several shrines, all
now in ruins.