Thousand Pillar Temple History

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Today we discuss complete details of One of the Best Temples in Warangal District. It is nothing but “Thousand Pillar Temple History” Or also Known as “Rudreshwara Swamy Temple“. So as it is located in District Warangal at Hanamkonda City, I wanted you to know some most important information about it. Warangal in the past called as ORUGALLU. “Oru” means ‘single’ and “Kal” is referred as a ‘stone’ in the local language. The word “Orugallu” synonyms, one rock, which describes the city was carved out of a single large stone. The word “Ekashilanagaram” is another way of describing the name Orugallu which literally means same as “City Carved Out of Single Stone”, used very commonly in the period of Kakatiyan empire. As the time went on, Orugallu was changed to “Warangallu” and finally settled as Warangal.

Why is It Called it as 1000 Pillar Temple?

The famous 1,000-pillar temple, constructed in the 12th century, at Hanamkonda in Warangal of Telangana, India. Beside the temple a Kalyana Mandapam (Building) with 1000 pillars is built. There were 1,000 pillars in the structures, but no pillar obstructs a person in any point of the temple to see the god in the other temple.

Thousand Pillar Temple History

Fine now you were aware of the great Warangal word formation. So it’s time for 1000 Pillar Temple ( In Telugu Pronounced it as Veyyi Stambala Gudi). The Great Kakatiya dynasty, that ruled Telangana region from 750 AD – 1325 AD – for 575 years, still lives in the ruins of the fort and almost intact temple.

Construction: The Temple was built during the period of the Kakatiya dynasty, probably in 1163 AD by order of the king “GANPATI DEVA”. Who is the father of Rani Rudrama Devi? It stands out to be a masterpiece and achieved major heights in terms of architectural skills by the ancient Kakatiya Vishwakarma sthapathis. The temple is built in unique “Trikootalaya” style of Kakatiyas, the presiding deity in the main “Sanctum Sanctorum” is Rudreshwar and the other two are dedicated to “Lord Surya” and “Lord Vishnu” the temple is on a satellite plan with the three shrines connected to a square Rung Mandap in the centre. Not only this under the patronage of Ganpati deva much beautiful well architecture Temples were built. Other named temples like Ramappa Gudi is also a part of Ganpati deva. It is one of the finest specimens of Kakatiya architecture and sculpture. The temple has three shrines, which are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. This temple is also known as Rudreswarar temple and it took 72 years to construct the temple.

According to inscriptions and deciphering made by historians, the Thousand Pillar Temple was built on ‘Magha Shudda Trayodashi (Thursday)’ of Chitrabanu year of Shalivahanashakam, which according to the Gregorian calendar is January 19 of 1163.”

 

Thousand Pillar Temple Photos:

Side View:

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. The Thousand Pillar Temple is surrounded by a big garden in which many small lingam shrines can be seen.

Thousand Pillar Temple
Thousand Pillar Temple Images

Kalyana Mandapam of the temple:

This is the most important thing in this temple, Yes the Kalyana Mandapam is the major attraction of the temple. But In 2004, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has embarked on a mission to save it. The Kalyana Mandapam of the temple, which is lying in ruins, have been dismantled and reconstructed from the foundation level. The outward tilting of the Kalyana Mandapam of the 1,000-pillar temple has made the authorities intervene and place iron rods between the pillars so that it will not collapse. Each of the pillars is being numbered and photographic documentation is being made of the projections and elevation.

A beautifully carved giant “Nandi” as in Lepakshi is seen on the platform connecting the shrines in the mandap. The exterior wall of the temple, the celling slabs and the four central pillars of the navarangal mandap are decorated with finely carved sculptures of the deities. The sculptures of Indra with Airavata craftsmanship of the Kakatiya Dynasty.

Old Photos of Kalyana Mandapam Before Dismantled

Kalyana Mandapam
Kalyana Mandapam Old Images at Thousand Pillar Temple Before Dismantled in 2004
Well at Thousand Pillar Temple
Well at Thousand Pillar Temple (Past used it for Pooja’s)

 Kakatiya architecture and sculpture:

The Nandi bull was carved out of a black basalt monolith that has been highly polished.

Nandi At 1000 Pillar Temple
Nandi At 1000 Pillar Temple
Kakatiya architecture On Pillars at Thousand Pillar Temple
Kakatiya architecture On Pillars at Thousand Pillar Temple
Lord Shiva Lingam at Thousand Pillar Temple
Lord Shiva Lingam at Thousand Pillar Temple

Temple Timings: Morning 5 Am – Evening 8 PM.

Note: On MahaShiva Ratri a special pooja’s start’s from early morning to night. (Full Day).

How to Reach:

The Thousand Pillars Temple is located in Hanamkonda part of the Warangal City. It is about 6 kms away from, Warangal Railway Station & Bus Station 9 kms away from Kazipet Rly.Junction and is well connected by city bus service. Temple is located on the National Highway Road Between Warangal to Hanmkonda. About 150 kilometres (93 mi) from the city of Hyderabad.

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Accommodation & Hotels in Warangal:

Government: Haritha Hotel located at Nakkalaguta. It is the best hotel in Warangal.

Private:

There are many hotels, here we are providing the best of it only.

  • Ashoka Hotel (Hanamkonda), Warangal (near Ashoka theater), Contact: +91 870 6692220.
  • City Grand Hotel, S.V.P Road, Rangampet, Contact: +91 870-2454587. Offers well-furnished and comfortable air-conditioned rooms. ₹1450.
  • Hima Residency, Near N.I.T (beside Sri Kalinga Restaurant), Contact: +91 870-2456522. Located near to National Institute Of Technology.
  • Hotel Landmark Residency (Near Water Tank), Warangal-Kazipet Main Road, Nakkalagutta, Hanumakonda, Contact: +91 870-2546111, e-mail: bookings@hotellandmark.co.in. A 3 star hotel in Warangal, one of the few upscale hotels around, which in addition to the 3 in-house restaurants, also carries 2 banquet halls for official meetings and parties. Its features include king-size beds, flat screen TVs, elegant interiors, centralized AC’s, exemplary service.
  • Hotel Suprabha, Hanumakonda, Contact: +91 870-2573888.
  • Punnami Hotel (AP Tourism Hotel), Kazipet, Contact: +91 870 2432312.
  • Ratna Hotel, Pochamma Maidan, Warangal, 506002, Contact: +91 870-2500096.

Final Words: This is the complete information of Thousand Pillar Temple History, which is the part of Telangana Tourism.