Thousand Pillar Temple Near Warrangal in Telungana
Thousand Pillar Temple is an ancient Hindu temple located at Hanamakonda, in Warrangal district of Telangana State, India. This magnificent temple was constructed in 1163 by the Kakatiya dynasty King, Rudra Deva. The temple is officially named as “Sri Rudreswara Swamy temple”; named after the king who built it.
1000 Pillar Temple is built 1.5 meters above ground level. The temple is 31 meters in length and 21 meters in width. This temple is believed to be built during 1175–1324. There are three deities in this temple; Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Sun. This temple is is known locally as Veyisthambala Gudi.
There is a large monolithic Nandi statue in front of the temple. The pillars of the temple are finely carved. There are perforated screens in the temple. Rock cut elephants adds to the beauty of the temple. This temple is the finest example of Kakatiya architecture, art and sculpture.
1000 Pillar Kalyana Mandapam (Marriage Hall) is also situated in this temple premises. Though it has only 300 pillars, it is known as 1000 pillar Kalyana Mandapam. It is currently being renovated and entry to the marriage hall is prohibited now.
The temple was desecrated during the Tughlaq dynasty invasion of the areas. It was renovated in 2004.
1000 Pillar Temple is added to the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Ancient fort ruins can also be seen here.
How Do I Go to Thousand Pillar Temple?
1000 Pillar Temple is located at around 50 kilometers from Hyderabad city. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport on the outskirts of Hyderabad city is the nearest airport to this magnificent 1000 pillar temple.
Warangal railway station is at around six kilometers from the 1000 pillar temple.
There is an small entry fee to be paid before one can enter the temple. Camera is also charged extra and there are restrictions on the usage of camera.