Shri Rudreshwara Swamy Temple - Hanamakonda, Warangal

The thousand pillared temple (Shri Rudreshwara Swamy) is a historic Hindu temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Surya (Sun God).

The thousand pillared temple is one of the ancient temples of South India,that was designed by the Kakatiyas dynasty.  The thousand pillared temple has been built in a  very fantastic mathematical architectural skills by the traditional Kakathiya Vishwakarma Sthapathis. It is believed that the temple was built by king Rudra Deva in 1163 AD. It was destroyed by  Tughlaq during the invasion of Muslim kings on South India.  It has only one temple with exquisite architectural construction, and there are 1000 pillars in the building.  However, no pillar obstructs an individual anywhere in the temple, from seeing the temple deity.

This thousand pillared temple comprises of many shrines and Lingas. There are 3 shrines inside the temple known as the Trikutalayam. The 3 shrines of the temple are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Surya (Sun god).  The thousand pillared temple is surrounded by a giant garden, where  several small Linga shrines will be seen. There are 1,000 richly carved pillars and a Nandi bull in the temple. The Nandi (bull) was carved out of a black granite rock stone that has been finely polished.

The temple is positioned on a platform,  that’s raised to 1 metre height from the ground level. The temple is supported by a number of pillars, elaborately carved and adorned. The rock cut elephants are very attractive in this temple .

The thousand pillared temple,  as the name enunciates,  is adorned with one thousand pillars. The temple is made in unique “Trikootalaya” type of Kakatiyas,  and the presiding god in the main “sanctum sanctorum” is Rudreshwar., with  adjacent idols of  “Lord Surya” and “Lord Vishnu”  The temple is on a satellite arrangement, with the three shrines connected to a square mandap in the centre. A fantastically carved big “Nandi” as in Lepakshi is seen on the platform connecting the shrines in the mandap. The outside wall of the temple,  the sealing slabs and the four central pillars of the navarangal mandapa are all adorned with finely carved sculptures of the deities. The thousand pillared temple sculptures of Indra with Airavata(elephant) craft speaks of the Kakatiya dynasty.

Temple Timings

06:00 to 20:00 (All days of the week)

Main Deity

Lord Shiva


Other Deities

Lord Vishnu, Lord Surya

Temple Famous for :
The Thousand Pillar Temple has very fantastic mathematical architectural skills by the traditional Kakathiya Vishwakarma Sthapathis (Architect)

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