|» Location :
||Northern Part Of Andhra Pradesh
|» Previously :
||Orugallu Or Omtikonda
Warangal is located on northern Andhra Pradesh State lies along the
Chennai-Kazipet-Delhi rail route. Warangal was the ancient capital of
the Kakatiyas, an Andhra dynasty that flourished in the 12th century AD.
The city stands out for its beautiful lakes, temples and wildlife. It is
very rich in antiques and relics.
Warangal's fort, lying southeast of the present-day city, was once
surrounded by two walls, traces of the outer wall remain, as do the four
stone gateways ('sanchar') of the inner wall. A thousand-pillared
temple, built in 1162, is located within the city itself. Warangal is
now a commercial and industrial center.
Prola Raja of the Kakatiya dynasty founded the place in the 12th
century AD, but some identify it with Worakalli, the capital of the
Adeva Rajas of Tuluva Andhra or Telengana in the 8th century AD.
Warangal or Varankal is believed to be the Korun Kula of Ptolemy, while
another name is Akshalinagar, evidently Yeksilanagar mentioned by
Raghunath Bhaskar in his Aravachan Kosh.
The ancient name of Warangal was known to be Orugallu or Omtikonda on
account of huge boulder like hillock situated near the swayambhu Siva
Temple and is also called "EKASILANAGARAM". In course of time,
it was called as "Orugallu", and finally known as Warangal.
Warangal has many places, which attracts tourists in large number. It
finds a reference in the travel diaries of Marco Polo.
Prime Attractions of Warangal
§ Warangal Fort :
fort is 12-km from Hanamakonda, which dates back to the 13th century.
The Kakatiya king, Ganapati Deva and his daughter Rudramma built the
fort. Though the main fort has been ravaged over time, the remains of
the four huge stone gateways, similar to those of Sanchi, along with
several exquisite pieces of sculpture can still be seen in and around
§ Bhadra Kali Temple :
Situated on a hilltop between Hanamkonda and Warangal, it is noted for
its stone image of the Goddess Kali. She is depicted with eight arms and
carries a weapon in each hand.
§ Thousand Pillar Temple :
This temple is a
fine specimen of Kakatiya architecture and sculpture. It was built by
Rudra Deva in 1163 AD in the style of Chalukyan temples, star shaped and
triple shrined. The 3 shrines are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and
Surya. The temple is famous for its richly carved pillars, screens and
detailed sculpture. The black basalt Nandi, a monolith, has a lovely
Excursions of Warangal
§ Kolanupaka : Kolanupaka, 80-km from
Hyderabad, is situated between Hyderabad and Warangal. This was the
second capital town of Kalyani Chalukyas during the 11th century AD.
During this period the village was a religious centre of Jains, and
ranks among other great Jain centres in the south. It was also a great
centre of Shaivism. Literary evidences reveal 'Kolanupaka' as the
birthplace of 'Renukacharya' the great 'Vira Saiva' saint, believed to
be born from the 'Svayambaghu Linga' at this village and absorbed into
it after preaching Vira Saivism.
§ Sri Veeranarayana Temple : The temple is
constructed in the Chalukyan style around 1104 AD. The appearance of the
temple indicates that it was originally a Jain temple converted into a
§ Jain Mandir :
The 2,000-year-old Jain temple of Mahaveer is a famous place of worship
for Jains in the country. The temple is embellished with beautiful
images of Thirthankaras. The 5ft high image of Mahavira is entirely
carved of Jade.
§ Ramappa Temple : Also know as Ramalingeswara
temple, this is situated in Palampet village, which is 70-km form
Warangal This is a magnificent monument dating back to 1213 AD depicts
the glory and richness of the Kakatiya kingdom.
§ Pakhal Lake : A manmade lake completed in
1213 AD by the Kakatiya king, Ganapathidev, by harnessing a small
tributary of the Krishna River. It is located 50-km from Warangal and
spreads over an area of 30-sq-km.
§ Kolanupaka Site Museum : Kolanupaka came
into prominence when it was made the alternate capital of the Kalyani
Chalukyas in the 11th century AD. The State Department of Archaeology
and Museums established a sculptural gallery, which exhibits artifacts
from the various historical monuments in Kolanupaka.
Nearby Cities of Warangal
How to Get There
The nearest Airport is Hyderabad (140-km)
connected by Indian Airlines flights with Bombay, Bangalore,
Bhubaneshwar, Calcutta, Delhi, Madras, Nagpur, and Vishakhapatnam.
Continental Aviation also operates flights from Hyderabad to Bombay.
Warangal is linked to all-important cities in
India by rail.
Regular bus services are available (APSRTC)
from Hyderabad, Yadagirigutta, Vijayawada, Armur, Kolanupaka, Jangaon,
Kodad, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Adilabad, Suryapet, Palampet, Jagtial,
Khammam, Bhadrachalam, Basara, Bangalore, Mysore and Tirupati.
Local Transport :
Coaches are available from the
Depot Manager, New Bus Depot, Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport
General Information about Warangal
» Summer- Max. 39.6°C and Min. 23.2°C
» Winter- Max. 30°C and Min. 13.5°C
» Rainfall: 82.5 cm. (June to September)
» Best Season: September to February
» Population: 447,657 (1991 Census)
» STD Code: 08712
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