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Warangal ; is a city and the district headquarters of Warangal district in the Indian state of Telangana.In 2014, the city was included in the proposed HRIDAY - Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana by Government of India, along with eleven other Indian cities. It was also listed among the 100 proposed smart cities that will be eligible for additional investment to improve urban infrastructure and industrial opportunities. It has a population of about one million and this made the city corporation to be upgraded to Greater Warangal in early 2015.Etymology"Oru" means 'single' and "Kal" is referred as a 'stone' in local language. The word "Orugallu" synonyms, one rock, which describes the city was carved out of a single large stone. The word "Ekashilanagaram" is other 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.HistoryWarangal, then known as Orugallu, was the capital of the Kakatiya dynasty from 1195 CE until that ruling family was defeated by the Delhi Sultanate in 1323. The city was then renamed as Sultanpur.The Kakatiyas left many monuments, including an impressive fortress, four massive stone gateways, the Swayambhu temple dedicated to Shiva, and the Ramappa temple situated near Ramappa Lake. The cultural and administrative distinction of the Kakatiyas was mentioned by Marco Polo. After the defeat of Prataparudra II, the Musunuri Nayaks united 72 Nayak chieftains and captured Warangal from Delhi Sultanate and ruled for fifty years. After the demise of the Nayaks, Warangal was part of the Bahmani Sultanate and then the Sultanate of Golconda.
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