Ramappa Temple, Warangal

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Ramappa Temple 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 Telangana in southern India. It lies in a valley at Palampet village of Venkatapur Mandal, in erstwhile Mulug Taluq of Jayashankar Bhupalpally 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 AD and said to have been built by a General Recherla Rudra, during the period of the Kakatiya ruler Ganapati Deva.ArchitectureThe temple is a Shivalaya, where Lord Ramalingeswara is worshiped. It stands majestically on a 6 ft high star shaped platform. The hall in front of the sanctum has numerous carved pillars that have been positioned to create an effect that combines light and space wonderfully. Temple is known by the name of the sculptor Ramappa, who built it. The history says that it took 40 years to build this temple.Temple is a marvelous example of Kakatiyan creative genius, with beautiful art, intricate carvings adorning the walls, pillars and ceilings. The roof (garbhalayam) of the temple is built with bricks, which are so light that they are able to float on water.There are two small Shiva shrines on either side of the main temple. The enormous Nandi within, facing the shrine of Shiva, remains in good condition.Nataraja Ramakrishna revived Perini Shivatandavam (Perini Dance), by seeing the sculptures in this temple. The dance poses, written in Nritta Rathnavalid by Jayapa Senaani, also appear in these sculptures.
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  • A beautiful and historical temple built by the kakatiyas. It is one of the oldest temples in our country.A must visit for tourists.  more »
  • Its a place worth seen both archealogical as well natural water tank. Place to learn about our cultural heritage and enjoy a beautiful nature  more »
  • I went to Ramappa Temple. The edifice of Ramappa Temple is an exquisite example of Kakatiya style of design and is covered in detailed carvings that depict the life in the olden times. The intricate a...  more »
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  • Ramappa temple is best ... This is a good Historic and Ancient place in Telangana... The Sculpture in the temple is awesome and the stones which they have carved are so lively we can enjoy and get peace at any climate and either it may be morning or afternoon... This place is soo good we can enjoy a lot and best place to go with children especially art lover should check this place
  • One of the most beautiful place with amazing carvings, I think one and only temple in India named after sculptor (Ramappa). They used red sand stone for the temple while black granite was used for carving out statues. This is one of the few temples worth visiting in life.
  • Have to say it is the best temple in Telangana in terms of the architecture. The surroundings are breath taking. However, the government needs to focus on preserving this marvel as several monuments are gradually getting into dilapidated state. Hope they restore/repair them immediately before it is too late. Also, it needs a proper promotion to make it more famous.
  • Loved the architecture of the temple and the serene atmosphere. Liked it better than the famous 1000 pillar temple. The carvings are very good. Says this is the only temple in india which is named after the architect who designed and built it.
  • It is 800+ years old Shiva temple built by Kakatiya dynasty. Legend says the temple is named after the sculptor Ramappa who hailed from Karnataka. It is famous for the sculptures carved on black stones. If you are an enthusiast of art, plan to spend at least 4-5 hrs to explore and enjoy the beauty of art. Take help of local guide or buy book about the sculpture to have clues on what to explore. There are not many options to have variety of food. So, either go with your own arrangements or try whatever you can get there (like simple veg meals).

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