Ramappa Temple, Warangal

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Ramappa Temple also known as the Ramalingeswara temple, is located 77 km from Warangal, 15 km from Mulugu, 209 km from Hyderabad in the state of Telangana in southern India. It lies in a valley in Palampet village of Venkatapur Mandal of Mulugu 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 CE and says it was built by a Kakatiya General Recherla Rudra Reddy, during the period of the Kakatiya ruler Ganapati Deva.
The temple is a Sivalayam, where Lord Ramalingeswara is worshipped. Marco Polo, during his visit to the Kakatiya Empire, allegedly called the temple "the brightest star in the galaxy of temples". Ramappa Temple 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. The temple is named after the sculptor Ramappa, who built it, and is perhaps the only temple in India to be named after a craftsman who built it.
The main structure is in a reddish sandstone, but the columns round the outside have large brackets of black basalt which is rich in iron, magnesium and silica. These are carved as mythical animals or female dancers or musicians, and are "the masterpieces of Kakatiya art, notable for their delicate carving, sensuous postures and elongated bodies and heads".
The Temple is included in the proposed UNESCO World Heritage Site "The Glorious Kakatiya Temples and Gateways", in 2019 on the "tentative list". The proposal was submitted to UNESCO on 10 September 2010.
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  • UNESCO site Ramappa temple was long desire for us . 4 of us travelled from hyderabad to Ramappa by car via warangal. it is 200 km from hyd , 4 hours drive. nearest railway station warangal, kazipet.....  more »
  • Ramappa Temple is only the temple which is named after the Sculptor who built temple. This temple is of Ramalingeswara Swamy, but is was named after a craftsmen (Ramappa) who built it. This temple...  more »
  • Very old temple of lord Shiva. The temple was build using very big single stones and the art carved on them is beautiful and reflects the life a Hindu. The nuances carved on the dome of the temple at the centre makes u feel mesmerized for the excellence of work that the sculptors did. It was a fine art and needs to be appreciated. Recently UNESCO visited the site. It is on the proposed list of heritage sites in India. It is really a heritage site. It needs global support preserve the cultural and artistic marvel.
  • Amazing yet lost place!! The intricate details in each and every inch of the temple speaks volumes of the great sculptors that India has produced. Telangana govt seems to be doing a little bit in retaining its glory... but that’s not enough. The place has amazing potential to become a great tourist potential, if properly maintained.
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