India is the land of tourism. One of the oldest civilizations in the world, the country is the most preferred tourist destination for tourists from all around the world. As you travel through the country, you simply become a part of its festivals and culture. It is home to the finest architectural heritage, monuments, historical cities, and natural splendors. Each state, each city, or even a small place for that matter has its own exclusive anecdote attached to it.
One such admirable place is Warangal-The place where structure tells a story. Let’s dive deeper into its rich culture and heritage and learn what story it has to tell you. Warangal is a city placed in the south Indian state of Telangana. A cultural heritage site, the second-fastest growing city of the newly formed state is best known for the history annexed to it. Originally recognized as Orugallu which means “one stone” it is believed that the entire town was carved out on a single rock.
Orukal was the old name of the city, back in time when it was the capital city of the Kakatiyas. The Kakatiya dynasty ruled the place from the 12th to the 14th centuries, and many intricately carved monuments from this period still stand and hold significant importance. Many grand monuments and architectural marvels in the state which include iconic fortresses, gateways, and temples were also built during their reign.
In February 2013, Warangal was bestowed with the World Heritage City status by UNESCO. Warangal has also been accorded as the best heritage city by The Ministry of Tourism, at the National Tourism Awards for the year 2014-2015. This is the third time in a row for the city to get this award since 2012.
The major religion in Warangal is Hinduism, with about 83% of the people adhering to it. Islam is the largest minority here at 14%. Small communities of Christians, Jews, and Buddhists can also be seen here.
Natural beauty mixed with magnificent human-made structures and architectural brilliance makes Warangal an attractive destination. This is the best place for people who like to admire and examine buildings that have historical importance or are visually stunning. Come and gaze closely at these architectural masterpieces and get buried in the marvel they have to offer.
The Warangal Fort, which is the main attraction of the city is believed to have been constructed in the 13th century in the reign of the Kakatiya king Ganapati Deva. This architectural grandeur is most famous for its balletic and intricately carved arches and pillars. This fort has four large stone gateways.
Thousand pillar temple
Located in Hanamakonda, the temple was constructed in 1163 AD by the great Rudra Deva.it is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, and Surya Deva (the Sun God). As its name hints the temple consists of thousand pillars with a number of pillars that are intricately carved. The temple has a star-shaped architecture, the credit goes to the skills and expertise of the craftsman of that period. From the outside, it appears to be a single stone block but it is made up of several stone blocks all interlocked.
The Ramalingeswara temple popularly known as the Ramappa temple dates back to 1213 AD and was built under the patronage of Ganpati Deva. The temple inherited its name Ramappa by virtue of its chief sculptor Ramappa. It’s the only temple to be known by the name of its sculptor. Another intriguing feature of this temple is that it is built with bricks that are so light that they can easily float on water.
Bhadrakali temple is situated atop a hill between the cities of Hanamkonda and Warangal in Andhra Pradesh is counted as one of the oldest temples of Indian history. The governing deity of the temple is Goddess Kali in her fierce form. The sacred idol is made of stone in which she is seen to be seated on her vehicle, the lion. Goddess Bhadrakali is a true symbol of the competence and strength of women. Thousands of believers of all faiths gather here to pay their homage and get a glimpse of this wonderful construction.
After spending quality time gazing at these marvelous structures you’ll realize that these are not just mere buildings that have been built just for the sake of it, but each one has a profound reflection of the cultural heritage and has a unique history behind it. When you closely stare at the walls, the pillars, or the intricate carvings on them you’ll feel like time has stopped, like the walls are talking to you and take you back to ancient times and you can’t help yourselves but be stunned and amazed at what it offers you. Next time you get a chance to get to Warangal, make sure you visit each of these destinations and relish the opulence this place brings to you.