It’s been a long time since I have shared anything. Mostly because, I am not allowed to blog much about my work at office due to company policy. So I have decided I will break this long fast by sharing my experiences about some of the places I have visited around Hyderabad. I will start with Ramappa Temple which is roughly 200 kms from Hyderabad and 70 kms from Warangal.
Ramappa Temple, also known as Ramalingeswara Temple, was built by Recharla Rudra in 1213, a general of Kakatiya King Ganapati Deva. The Ramalingeswar Temple consist of a garbhagriha, an antrala and a maha mandap. It consists of three entrances flanked with the dancing Mandakinis. According to local legend a sculptor named Ramappa from Karnataka executed the temple for 40 years and thus the temple has been named after him. This is unique, since nowhere in the world a monument has been named after its sculptor.
The temple is located in the village of Palampet. The main temple is surrounded by lush green grass, where you can sit and relax if you have the permission of notorious and hungry for food monkey family living there. The shops have been kept out of the temple premise which provide a restful environment to concentrate. I liked the clean grass and the way the temple was maintained. You have to walk on a stone pavement, once inside the complex, to the temple gate. Here you take off your shoes and can go inside. The temple is a beautifully carved stone masterpiece. The main deity is Lord Shiva. The pillars and the Deity room are made from granite which have exuberant carvings on them. Important thing to note is, granite was one the hardest known substance at that time. But looking at the ornate designs, it seems that the sculptors knew very well how to tame the stone.
Red sand stone is used to make the temple main body and black granite to carve out the statues adorning the temple. After temple we went to the splendid Ramappa Lake which is less than 5 kms from the temple. It is serene place and a perfect spot to break from the tumultuous city life.
Some more pictures below: