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Warangal – The Leading Cultural Hub of Andhra Pradesh
An Overview of Warangal
The district of Warangal is located in the north of Andhra Pradesh which falls within the region of Telangana and includes the three major cities of Warangal, Kazipet and Hanamakonda. The city of Warangal was the capital of Kakatiya kingdom from the 12th to the 14th century. The city houses several monuments constructed during the reign of the Kakatiya kings. After the fall of the Kakatiya dynasty, the region came under the reign of several kings, before it was annexed by Aurangzeb in 1687 and made a part of the Mughal Empire. The region continued to be a part of the Mughal Empire until 1742, when the southern provinces broke off to form the state of Hyderabad, which later became a part of independent India in 1948. Today, the rich culture and historical significance of this ancient city, makes it major tourist destination of Andhra Pradesh.

Prominent Places of Tourist Interest
Warangal Fort: This ancient fort, constructed during the reign of Kakatiya King Ganapati Deva and Rudramma Devi, his daughter, during the 13th century, is one of the major tourist destinations of Warangal. Covering an area of 19 km, the fort is famous for its grandeur and huge stone gateways constructed in accordance with the Sanchi style of architecture. The fort also features several arches and pillars having intricate carvings. In addition, there is a beautiful temple dedicated to Swayambhudevi or Mother Earth, which is quite well-known for its magnificent sculptures.  

Bhadrakali Temple: This temple, constructed in the 8th century during the reign of the Kakatiya Dynasty, is dedicated to Goddess Kali in the form of Tripura Sundari or the Beauty of the Three Worlds. The temple houses an idol of the fierce faced and crowned mother goddess having eight hands, each of which carries a different weapon. Built in accordance with the Chalukya style architecture, the temple is located on a hill located in the vicinity of Warangal city and is thronged by devotees seeking the blessings of Goddess Kali.  

Ramappa Temple: This is another Kakatiya era temple that dates back to the 12th century and is constructed in accordance with the South Indian architectural style.  The temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and features a Shiv Lingam that is placed on a 6ft high platform having the shape of a star. There is also an idol of Nandi having a length of 9 ft, placed in a mandapam located near the temple’s entrance. The walls of the temple have remarkable carvings displaying the scenes from the great Hindu epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. The temple is flooded by devotees during the celebration of the Shivratri festival.

Thousand Pillar Temple: Located on the slopes of the slopes of the Hanumakonda hill, is the magnificent Thousand-Pillar Temple, which was constructed by Kakatiya King Rudra Dev, in 1163 AD. The temple, which has the shape of a star, features three shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Surya. The main attractions of the temple are its one thousand pillars having intricate carvings, in addition to the mandapam which houses a 6ft long statue of Nandi, located near its entrance. 

Pakhal Lake: This is a manmade lake constructed during the 13th century by the Kakatiya King Ganapati Deva. Located in the midst a small tributary of River Krishna and covering an area of nearly 30 sq. km., the lake is bordered by a hilly terrain and a thick forest. It is quite popular as a picnic spot among both locals and visitors and also has a wild life sanctuary situated on its shores, which further adds to its attraction.

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