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Jaina Tirthankara Relief at Padmakshi Temple, Hanamakonda
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Hanumakonda is a suburb of the city of Warangal, India. Hanumakonda is between Kazipet and Warangal about 140 km (87 mi) northeast of the state capital, Hyderabad. It is also known as "Hanmakonda" and "Hanamkonda". Hanumakonda comes under the Greater Municipal corporation of Warangal, which comprises Warangal, Hanumakonda and Kazipet, locally called '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 today on the south end of Hanaumakonda town, along a big hill.
Hanamkonda contains some very interesting buildings of which the 'thousand pillar temple' is especially noteworthy. It was built in 1162 in the Chalukyan style by the kings of Kakatiya dynasty. It 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 the merger of Hyderabad State in Indian Union, Hanumakonda was the headquarters of the Warangal "Suba". "Subedari" is the area of Hanumakonda that 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 1,000 pillars and is popularly known as Thousand Pillars Temple. The Kakatiya ruler 'Rudra Deva' built this historic monument in 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, believed to be built during first quarter of the 12th century, is a beautiful temple at Warangal with Goddess Padmakshi as the main deity. The wonderful Annakonda Pillar, a stunning quadrangular column made with granite black stone, is at the entrance of this temple. The four faces of the pillar are marvelous and impressive. The sculptures and carvings 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 structure is eye catching. Many visitors come to see the exquisite structure.
The ancient Siddheshwara Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is very close to Hanamkonda in Warangal. The architecture is marvelous and is similar to Chalukyan style. The temple is decorated amazingly with intricately carved pillars. This is an important Shivaite temple. Devotees throng to this holy temple during the Maha Shivarathry festival. It 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
- National Institute of Technology (NIT) earlier called Regional Engineering College (REC)
- Kakatiya University (KU)
- Kakatiya Institute of Technology and Science (KITS)
- SR Engineering college
- Vaagdevi College of Engineering
- Aurora Degree College
- Kakatiya Medical College
- Ramappa Engineering College