Ramappa Temple Warangal-800 yr old Kakatiyas Marvel

Ramappa Temple Warangal – Grandeur of Telangana

Ramappa Temple at Palampet, Warangal

Ramappa Temple at Palampet, Warangal – Image Courtesy: www.historum.com

Ensconced in a quaint valley nestled in the Palampet village, The Ramappa Temple evokes sufficient interest to be listed under Warangal’s popular tourist destinations. Built under the supervision of General Rudra Samani, the chief commander of the Kakatiya ruler Ganapatideva, in 1213 A.D the Ramappa Temple is a fine specimen of the Kakatiyan architectural styles. Located at a distance of 77 km from Warangal, the Ramappa Temple in Palampet is easily accessible by road.

The presiding deity of the Ramappa temple is Ramalingeshwara. The deity is a form of Shiva that combines the features of both Lord Shiva and Lord Rama, the human reincarnation of Lord Vishnu. For this reason the Ramappa temple is also known as Ramalingeshwara temple. It is also the first temple of its age to be named after its builder or architect Ramappa.

Multi Stored Kosta at Ramappa Temple

Multi Stored Kosta at Ramappa Temple – Image Courtesy: www.kaladarshana.com

The temple, placed on a 6 feet high star shaped platform, is intricately adorned with rich carvings and sculptures. The walls, ceilings and pillars are embellished with figures and motifs from Hindu mythology. The main sanctum faces a huge hall of pillars. Each pillar is engraved with exquisite carvings and is placed at appropriate positions so as to effectively allow optimum usage of light as well as space.

The elevation of the temple on a raised platform is based on the ancient religious sentiments of keeping God above all mediocrity. This ensures that the rituals and customs to be observed during the worship of the deity remain untarnished and pure. A shikhara is shown crowning the main sanctum which is also surrounded by a Pradikshanapatha.

The most notable among the temple structures is the Nandi placed to face the main shrine. Though the chamber enclosing the Nandi or the Nandi Mandapam is ruined, the 9 feet high enormous Nandi structure still stands proudly as a reminder of the might and valor that the Kakatiyas represented. Typical to the Kakatiya style, the Nandi is shown in an alert position ready to follow commands from the lord of the three worlds – Lord Shiva.

Nandi at Ramappa Temple Warangal

Nandi at Ramappa Temple Warangal

The engravings and sculptures on the Ramappa temple have inspired several artistes who have revived several Indian dance forms that were perishing. For example, the Perini Shivatandavam or Perini Thandavam is an ancient dance form of Kakatiyas that is performed primarily by male dancers (mainly Soldiers before going for war). The postures of the sculptures and figurines engraved on the walls, pillars and ceilings of the Ramappa temple inspired Acharya Nataraja Ramakrishna to revive this dance form.

Elephants Sculptures are continuous around the wall near the base of the temple as if there are walking around the temple. Each elephant sculpture is different to other and each elephant sculpture performs an activity different compared to other.There are total of 520 elephants on the outer wall.

Elephants around the outer walls of Ramappa Temple Warangal

Elephants around the outer walls of Ramappa Temple – Image Courtesy: www.kaladarshana.com

 

Elephants around the outer walls of Ramappa Temple Warangal

Elephants around the outer walls of Ramappa Temple Warangal – Image Courtesy: www.shekharstravel.blogspot.in

Outer pillars of the Ramappa Temple at Warangal have sculptures of Madanikas and Yalis attached at the top. These sculptures are made of granite. Closely observing these sculptures, one could easily find what the architect wants to tell about the Kakatiya time. One has to visit to know that.Apart from the Madanikas, rearing Yalis sitting of Elephants are also attached at the top of outer pillars of the temple.

Madanikas at Ramappa Temple Warangal

Madanikas at Ramappa Temple Warangal – Image Courtesy: www.skyscrapercity.com

The temple acquires major focus during Maha Shivaratri. On the occasion a three day event is organized in the temple premises amidst a lot of gaiety and festivity.

The Ramappa temple has witnessed a long history of invasions and natural calamities all of which have contributed in robbing it of its once famed glory. Most sections of the temple are in ruins including the primary entrance gate. The main temple was once flanked by two Shiva shrines which today are also in ruins. In fact the roof of the temple was built using bricks that were so light that they could be made to float on water. Neglect and government apathy towards the maintenance of the temple structure had abetted stealing of these bricks. Common public began to move these bricks so that they could display their unique characteristic to tourists and outsiders. However the Archaeological Survey of India has stepped in just in time to prevent further damage.

The Ramappa Temple has been considered the most beautiful specimen of medieval architecture. Despite the damage that has been inflicted on it through neglect and apathy of generations, till today it retains its grandeur. The inscriptions and carvings it displays exude a fervor that can hardly be missed. Now Ramappa Temple is one of major tourism destinations of Warangal and also of the state.

Fine Art on Pillars at Ramappa Temple Warangal

Fine Art on Pillars at Ramappa Temple Warangal

Special Attractions: 
– Nandi
– Lord Shiva as Gajasamhaaramurthi
– Lord Shiva as Tripurasamahaaramurthi
– 520 Elephants sculptures around the outer walls of Temple
– Madanikas at the top of Pillars at Ramappa Temple

Lord Shiva as Tripurasamahaaramurthi at Ramappa Temple

Lord Shiva as Tripurasamahaaramurthi at Ramappa Temple

 

Lord Shiva as Gajasamhaaramurthi at Ramappa Temple

Lord Shiva as Gajasamhaaramurthi at Ramappa Temple

 

Roof at Ramappa Temple Warangal

Roof at Ramappa Temple Warangal – Image Courtesy: www.wallpuper.com

Nearby Attractions:
– Lakhnavaram Cheruvu Lake
– Ramappa Lake
– Sammakka Sarakka Temple,Medaram

Ramappa Temple Timings: Open on all days – 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Location:
– Ramappa Temple is located at Palampet village of Warangal District
– 77 kms from Warangal

Where to Stay: Once can stay in Warangal. There are plenty of good hotels in Warangal:
– Ashoka Hotel – Ph: 0870-2577955, 2578491
– City Grand – Ph: 0870-2454587
– Landmark HOtel – 0870-254633
– Suprabha Hotel – Ph: 0870-2573888, 2574888
– Ratna Hotel – Ph:0870-2500645

How to Reach:
– There are many buses which run from Warangal/Hanamkonda bus stand to Ramappa Temple.
– Warangal City is connect with good Train facility and bus facilities
– Kazipet Railway Station is one of the major junctions which is very well connected with Hyderabad. One can get down at Kazipet, take an auto to Hanamkonda bus stand. From Hanamkonda bus stand, there are plenty of buses to Ramappa Temple.
– Nearest Airport is Hyderabad Airport

Contact Numbers:
Warangal Tourism Office Contact Number: 0870-2459201
State Tourism Department: 040-23450444

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