1000 Pillar Temple, Hanamkonda
Visiting this 1163 AD temple was the main purpose of making the trip to Hyderabad. Situated 157kms from Hyderabad in a small town of Hanamkonda, this temple is a major attraction for its unique construction. It is made with the support of 1000 pillars, and so this temple of Hanamkonda is also called as ‘the 1000 pillar temple’. It was built by King Rudrai I of Kakatiya dynasty.
The pillars are all connected together, forming a thick wall. The temple is dedicated to the three Lords, Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. The shrines are around the ranga mandapa, a central hall, where probably dancers gave performances during festivals. Only the Shiva Linga exists and prayers are offered there, the other two deities are missing. There is a huge monolithic seated Nandi, the bull which Shiva rides, facing the main shrine.
Reaching There :
Air : The nearest airport is at Hyderabad , 157-km away.
Rail : Warangal has a railway station and is well connected by rail to important cities of India.
Road : APSTRC and Private buses connect Warangal with Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Karimnagar, Khammam and some other districts