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

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48 Responses

  1. Joop Zand says:

    Fantastic places for nice pictures, well done Indrani.

    greetings, Joop

  2. Anya says:

    Have you counted them
    really 1000 pillars … :))

    The last shot is very COOL !!

    Hugs from

    Kareltje =^.^= Betsie >^.^<

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  3. Great pictures for a wonderful place.

  4. Sylvia K says:

    Awesome captures as always, Indrani! And what an awesomely beautiful place! Enjoy your week!


  5. ewok1993 says:

    so many wonderful temples to visit all over india. you are lucky to have all these history around you.

  6. Pillars are frequently holding up something … but it is unique how these pillars are joined together to create a wall. What a grand structure and interesting history for a little town. Thanks for sharing your journey!

  7. lotusleaf says:

    Great captures! I would like to visit this temple some time.

  8. Rajesh says:

    Beautiful images of the temple. The carvings are amazing.

  9. Incredible, such work and expense building the structures. I can't even imagine.

  10. George says:

    This is an incredible structure. Your pictures are wonderful, and I thank you for sharing this place with us.

  11. Hazel says:

    So pillars as walls – that's a nice little thing to learn today. The bull reminds me of Egypt.

  12. snowwhite says:

    1000 pillars!! Magnificent view!
    I find it very interesting that
    by chance, there are stone bull statues in my"Joy of Spring" posted to My World. Bulls are messengers of the deity of wisdom. Many Buddhist deities have their own animal vehicles and messengers, white elephant, lion, dove, wild boar and so on. I guess influence of Hindu. Thank you for sharing great photos and story.

  13. magiceye says:

    beautiful images of a lovely temple!

  14. ladyfi says:

    Wow – so ancient and gorgeous! Amazing place.

  15. Ann says:

    lucky there is no earthquake in India.

  16. Arija says:

    Interesting post. I really like the second last shot with the pillars reminiscent of dripping water.

  17. eileeninmd says:

    Indrani, your photos are all wonderful. I enjoy seeing these temples and places you visit.

  18. Carver says:

    What a beautiful design. Hard to imagine all the work that went into building all the pillars.

  19. YOSEE says:

    Loved the picture of Nandi.
    Visited this place last year . Was misled by the name "1000-Pillared". No pillars, only pilasters ! 🙂

  20. Incredible architecture. Thanks for posting

  21. Pietro says:

    Indrani, these are very nice pictures of the temple of Hanamkonda! Fantastic architecture indeed.
    I'm glad that your daughters enjoy my Turin posts 🙂

  22. A very interesting architectural style, Indrani.
    Shiva's bull is magnificent.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  23. Reader Wil says:

    Why is it that your architecture is so much more intricate than ours? I love those ancient buildings!

  24. wow great place to visit.

  25. Incredbil, Kakatiys History is intresting, said to have built the golgonda fort too. Many more monuments in Warangal area?

  26. Binky says:

    Amazing how much detail is carved into the stone. Must be incredible to see this temple in person.

  27. awesome… and love the Nandi 🙂

  28. Arun says:

    An interesting place. The pillar looks grand.

  29. Ohh happy to find my place ,I have done my medicine in Warangal and spent almost 7 yrs there .Few years back you cold have seen another mandapa with many pillars probably nearing 1000 .I tried to count in my schooling once, but could not complete counting .When i visited after few years ,I was shocked to find the second Mandapa missing. Officials promised renovation ,but that never happened . Did you visit Ramappa ,Warangal fort also ?

  30. Very beautiful architectural marvel.. thanks for sharing..

  31. Arun says:

    Wow! 1000 pillars! Need to visit this place.

  32. Fantastic captures. Well done dear 🙂

  33. It’s awesome..Was unaware about this temple..

  34. Truly a Great Temple.. Well presented Indrani with the the Photographs of the beautiful Architecture of the Interiors of the Temple!

  35. Very interesting place to visit.

  36. Bhavani says:

    Wow… I feel so happy Indrani!! It’s my birth place!! Thousand pillars temple is awesome on Shivratri. Did you visit Bhadrakali template and Ramappa? Beautiful temples they are!!

  37. harshita says:

    nice article with equally good pictures

  38. Ami says:

    Its amazing how many such novel places India has. Captured well.

  39. Beautiful temple …Shiva, Vishnu and Surya temple combination is interesting instead of Brahma

  40. Kalpana says:

    Is the temple really from 1163 AD? Amazing!!

  41. Interesting post with beautiful pictures 🙂

  42. Sapana says:

    Amazing pictures. The name 100 pillars sounds mysterious story behind it!

  43. Yogi saraswat says:

    A less known but beautiful place . Brief history of this place is valuable . Thanx a lot for sharing it here Indrani ji !!

  44. Have heard about the place but never visited it. Hope to go there some time.

  45. Very beautiful temple. This time I visit Hyderabad will visit this temple too.

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