Thousand Pillar temple is situated in Hanamkonda, in the district of Warangal, Telangana state, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Surya (the Sun God). Thousand Pillar temple was believed to be built during the period of Kakatiya dynasty (period between 1175–1324 CE) by the Kakatiya ruler Rudra Deva. The temple was destroyed by the Tughlaq dynasty, a Muslim dynasty of Turkic origin which ruled over the Delhi sultanate in medieval India, during their invasions of Deccan. And the temple was renovated by the Government of India in 2004. Thousand Pillar temple stands as a masterpiece of excellent architectural skills of the Kakatiya vishwakarma sthapathis.
The temple has thousand pillars but they never get in the way of a person in any point to worship the god. The temple is built in a star shaped structure with several shrines inside the temple. And there are several Shivalingams present inside the temple, which are surrounded by a big garden. The three main shrines found inside the temple is the shrines of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Surya. The temple has a wonderful sculpture of Nandi bull, the mount of Lord Shiva, which is in the form of a polished black basalt (extrusive igneous) monolith (standing stone). The temple contains the images of rock cut elephants and perforated screens, which are considered as the characteristics of the Kakatiya dynasty.
The temple remains open from morning 06.00 AM to 08.00 PM in the evening.
- Maha Shivaratri
- Kunkuma Puja
- Ganesha Festival
- Karthika Pournami
- Nagula Chaviti
- Sankranti or the Harvest Festival
- Ugadi or the Telegu New Year
- Bonalu Festival
- Bathukamma Festival
- Samakka or the Saralamma Jatra
Thousand Pillar Temple lies near the Hanamkonda-Warangal Highway in Telangana State, about 150 kms from the city of Hyderabad. Regular buses ply on the roads from Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Karimnagar, Khammam and other districts of Andhra Pradesh.
The nearest railway station to reach the Thousand Pillar Temple is Warangal train station Junction which is 3 Km away from the Thousand temple.
The nearest airport to the Thousand Pillar Temple is Warangal airport, Warangal which is 8 Km away from the temple.
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