Carved granite pillars Hanamkonda     (Click to Enlarge)
Carved granite pillars

The districts of Nizam’s dominions were frequented and recorded in detail by Lala Deen Dayal.

Some of his exquisite images pertain to the Thousand Pillar Temple of Hanamkonda, built in 1162 by the Chalukya Kings. Built from blocks of granite, this ancient Dravidian temple is adorned by intricately carved pillars of various dimensions, perfect in symmetry and style. Even more impressive is the Ramappa temple at Palampet on the banks of a lake. The pillars and ceilings depict scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Warangal, 157 km from Hyderabad, is noted for its beautiful lakes, splendid temples and wildlife. It was once the capital of the legendary Kakatiya kingdom,. This town was once a flourishing city, visited by Marco Polo who gives a glowing account of its wealth and prosperity in those days..

Its massive fortress withstood continuous attacks from the Delhi Sultans in the 13th and 14th centuries. In the 19th century it was the hunting ground of the nobles.

Details of beautifully carved granite pillar     (Click to Enlarge)
Details of beautifully
carved granite pillar
Interior of North Temple Hanamkonda      (Click to Enlarge)
Interior of North Temple
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