1000 pillar temple in warangal

1000 Pillar Temple

The Thousand Pillar Temple is one of the very old temples of south India that was built by the Kakatiyas of Chalukya dynasty.It stands out to be a masterpiece and achieved major heights in terms of architectual skills by the ancient Kakatiya Vishwakarma Sthapathis.The Thousand Pillar Temple,true to its name beautifully carved thousands pillars adorn the place for ages.The temple is star shaped,with three shrines,as it was built in ‘Trikootalaya’ style of architecture by king RudraDeva in 1163AD.The temple is named as Sri Rudreswara Swamy temple after the name of the king RudraDeva.The pillars of the main temple are firmly interwoven and form its parapet,apart from the ornately carved pillars,the temple also has delicate smokescreens,brillant stonework and detailed and elaborate sculptures that will leave you enthralled.The deity in the main sanctum sanctorum is that of Lord Shiva as ‘Rudreswara’.
There are other two sanctorum were dedicated to Lord Vishnu as ‘Vasudeva’ and the Sun God as ‘Suryadeva’.But today only one sanctum sanctorum houses the idol of the main deity which is in the form of Shiva Lingam of about 7 feet tall facing the east while the other shrines face south and west.At the south facing entrance of the temple you are welcomed by a Nandi(the bull).It has been carved out of a monolithic black stone,which is an impressive piece of art.As you enter the hall,there is an idol of Lord Ganesha which is about 5 feet tall.You can find a mandapam called as Navarangal or Natya Mandapam,with four finely carved black shiny pillars.The intricate carvings on the pillars,the ceiling slabs, the exterior walls,the splendid sculptors of the deities and the four central pillars leaves you astounding.
The sculpture of Lord Indra with his Airavata(the 5 headed divine elephant) and beautifullly carved multi-armed Lord Narasimha(Vishnu in his man-lion incarnation) on the lintel at the entrance of North is a remarkable piece of kakatiyan art.At the top of the lintel,runs a wall painting of flying gandharvas(husbands of Apsaras(angels)).Several small shrines devoted to the Lingam,i.e.,Lord Shiva enclose the huge lawn of the Thousand Pillar Temple,neatly carved rock cut elephants built on both the sides of the temple entrance are wonderful icons.Presently, the temple is being sustained by the Archaeological Survey of India which has recognised it as one of the protected monuments.