Jaina Tirthankara Relief at Padmakshi Temple, Hanamakonda
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Hanumakonda is in the Warangal district of Telangana, India. Hanumakonda is situated between Kazipet and Warangal about 140 kilometres (87 mi) north east of the state capital, Hyderabad. It is also known as "Hanmakonda" and "Hanamkonda". Hanumakonda comes under the Municipality of Warangal, which comprises Warangal, Hanumakonda and Kazipet, locally called as 'tri-cities'.
Hanumakonda was the capital of Kakatiya kings till 12th century, before the foundation of Warangal. The ruins of the fort can be seen even today, located on the south end of Hanaumakonda town, along a big hill. Hanamkonda contains some very interesting buildings of which the 'thousand pillar temple' is specially noteworthy. It was built in 1162 in the Chalukyan style by the Kings of Kakatiya dynasty,and consists of three spacious detached halls with portico supported by 300 pillars. Opposite to the portico is a star shaped mandapa supported on 200 pillars, ther of which bear old Telugu and Sanskrit inscriptions. Near the temple is a fine well 'koneru'.
Until Merger of Hyderabad State in Indian Union, Hanumakonda was the headquarters of the Warangal "Suba". "Subedari" is the area of Hanumakonda which houses the Collectorate and almost all the District level Government Offices of the Warangal District. The Collector's Residence (old Subedar bunglow) has the largest area (about 15 acres) than any other Collector's residence in Andhra Pradesh. Today's Hanumakonda has grown along northern and western directions and several residential colonies are developed.
Sri Rudreshwara Swamy Temple is decorated with one thousand pillars and is popularly known as Thousand pillars temple. The Kakatiya ruler 'Rudra Deva' built this historic monument in the year 1163 A.D. and named after him as 'Sri Rudreswara swamy temple 'Trikootalaya", the presiding deity is Rudreswara. The remaining two "Sanctum sanctorums" are dedicated to 'Lord Durya' and 'Lord Vishnu'. The gains 'Nandi' as in Lepakshi in front of the temple is unique in sculptural beauty. It is under control and maintenance of the Archaeological Department.
Padmakshi Temple, an ancient temple believed to be built during first quarter of the 12th century, is a beautiful temple at Warangal with Goddess Padmakshi as the main deity. A wonderful pillar known as Annakonda Pillar, a stunning quadrangular column made with granite black stone, is placed at the entrance of this temple. The four faces of the pillar are marvelous and impressive. The sculptures and carvings at the pillar lead the light to the belief that initially this was a Jain shrine dedicated to Jain Goddess Kdalalaya. The Padmakshi temple is worth visiting and the marvelous structure is eye catching. Many visitors visit here to see the exquisite structure.
Siddheshwara Temple, an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, is located very close to Hanamkonda in Warangal. The temple architecture is marvelous and is similar to Chalukyan style of architecture. The temple as whole is decorated amazingly with intricately carved pillars. This is an important shivaite temple in Warangal. Devotees throng to this holy temple during the Maha Shivarathry festival. The temple has a majestic look and the surroundings are serene and secluded. The temple offers great peace of mind to its devotees.
Universities, institute, and colleges
- Kakatiya University (KU)
- National Institute of Technology (NIT) earlier called as Regional Engineering College (REC).
- Kakatiya Institute of Technology and Science (KITS)
- SR Engineering college
- Vaagdevi College of Engineering
- Aurora Degree College
- Kakatiya Medical College
- Ramappa Engineering College