also known as the Ramalingeswara
temple, is located 77 km from Warangal
, the ancient capital of the Kakatiya dynasty
, 157 km from Hyderabad
in the state of Andhra Pradesh
in southern India
. It lies in a valley at Palampet village of Venkatapur Mandal, in erstwhile Mulug Taluq of Warangal district, a tiny village long past its days of glory in the 13th and 14th centuries. An inscription in the temple dates it to the year 1213
and said to have been built by a General Recherla Rudra, during the period of the Kakatiya ruler Ganapati Deva.
This medieval temple is a Shivalaya (where Shiva is worshipped) and named after the sculptor Ramappa, a Vishwakarma Brahmin Sthapathi of Karnataka State, who built it rather that after its presiding deity, Ramalingeswara, perhaps to accent Shiva
's importance as the personal god of the Avatar
. The history says that it took 40 years to build this temple.
This beautiful temple, an example of brilliant Kakatiya dynasty
art, Planned and sculpted by Vishwakarma Brahmin Sthapathis was built on the classical pattern of being lifted above the world on a high star-shaped platform. Intricate carvings line the walls and cover the pillars and ceilings. Starting at its base to its wall panels, pillars and ceiling are sculpted figures drawn from Hindu mythology. The roof (garbhalayam) of the temple is built with bricks, which are so light that... Read More