Thousand Pillar TempleFamous for its carved pillars, rock-cut elephants, a large nandi and perforated screens, Thousand Pillar Temple was built in 1163 A. D. by Rani Rudrama Devi. The temple is located in Hanamkonda part of Warangal. A lot of devotees visit this place throughout the year making it one of the most significant religious sites of Andhra Pradesh. The three presiding deities of this temple are Lord Shiva, Lord Surya and Lord Vishnu. The temple holds a place under the list of UNESCO’s world heritage sites.
History of Thousand Pillar TempleHistory of the temple belongs to the Karkatiya rulers. Karkatiyan rulers had a special devotion for Lord Shiva, which was the reason of its main deity being Rudreshwara Swamy, a personification of Lord Shiva. It is believed that the main deity of the temple “Rudreshwara Swamy” was named after the king Rudradeva, as per the traditions of that time. The temple is known from the name of Thousand Pillar temple because the same was constructed with the help of thousand pillars both small and big ones. Tughlaq dynasty during their invasion of South India, destroyed the temple.
Architecture of Thousand Pillar TempleArchitecture of the temple is of typical Chalukyan style, as the temple was built in 1163 A. D. The temple is of star shaped architecture ad is supported by richly engraved pillars. The temple is built on platform that has been raised to one meter height from the ground.
Trikutalayam:The temple consists of three shrines dedicated to three different deities. The three presiding deities are Lord Shiva, Lord Surya and Lord Vishnu.
There is also a huge monolith Nandi (Bull), made up of black basalt. The Nandi is very famous for its polish.
The Garden:A beautiful garden is also situated here surrounding the temple. There are many small lingam shrines situated in the garden enhancing the beauty of the garden and the temple both.
Hotels Near Thousand Pillar TempleKrishna Lodge
12-1-71 SVN Road, Warangal 506002, India
3.6 km from Thousand Pillar Temple
6-1-242 Main Road, Hanamkonda, Warangal 506015 , India
3.8 km from Thousand Pillar Temple
M G Road, Warangal 506007, India (Formerly Ratna Hotel)
5.0 km from Thousand Pillar Temple
1-8-582, Nakkalagutta, Near Water Tank, Hanamkonda, Warangal 506001, India
7.5 km from Thousand Pillar Temple
Nakkalagutta, Hanamkonda, Warangal 506001, India
9.1 km from Thousand Pillar Temple
Places of Interest around Thousand Pillar Temple
- Warangal Fort
- Ramappa Temple
- Pakhal Lake
- Khush Mahal
- Badrakali Temple
Quick Facts about Thousand Pillar TempleContact Details
Warangal, Andhra Pradesh – 506011
Established: 1163 A.D.
Nearest Airport: Hyderabad International Airport
Nearest Railway Station: Warangal Railway Station