Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A heritage destination- Thousand Pillar Temple

The Rice Bowl of India Andhra Pradesh is a blend of dances, delectable cuisine, ingenious arts and crafts, glorious religions, sculpture and wonderful people. Temples also play an important part in exploring the cultural heritage of the state.

Many grand stone temples still stand in South India. Apart from the main fixed stone deities, processional deities made up of gold, silver, copper, zinc and tin are bathed, dressed, decorated for various festivals throughout the year.

The richer the temple, the more elaborate the festivals. Temples also reveal the cultural heritage of South India as temples often vary in their appearance, rituals, traditions, festivals and customs from region to region.

Approximately 4 kms from Hanumakonda crossroad the Thousand Pillar Temple in Warangal district is located which is a fine specimen of architecture and sculpture. It is the main attraction of Hanamkonda. The temple was built by 'Rudra Devi' in 1163 AD.

The temple very well helps to reveal the South Indian culture and it is constructed in a star shaped design and has 3 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Surya.

The temple is built on a 1 m. high platform on the slopes of the Hanumakonda hill and has a majestic monolithic Nandi. There are many small lingam shrines that surround the gardens.

The temple is famous for its richly carved pillars, screens and detailed sculpture. The culture of Andhra Pradesh is an integral part of the rich cultural heritage of the country. Come and worship to fulfil your dreams at Thousand Pillar Temple.
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