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Ramappa Temple

 

Ramappa Temple, also known as the Ramalingeswara Temple is the ancient temple of the Kakatiya dynasty. It is being said that the temple is named after its chief sculptor and the architect Ramappa. Since then, the temple has become popular as Ramappa Temple.

Temple History
According to popular beliefs, it took 40 years for the temple construction to complete. According to the inscription on the temple walls, the existence of Ramappa Temple dates back to 1213 AD. It was commissioned by a general named Recherla Rudra, working under King Ganapati Deva of the Kakatiya Dynasty. The temple depicts the grandeur of the bygone era, through its exquisite architecture.

Temple Deity
Lord Shiva, who is in the form of Ramalingeshwara or Ramalingeswara, is the main deity of Ramappa Temple. There is also a Nandi Statue facing the main shrine.

About the temple
There are two small Shiva shrines on either side of the temple, with an enormous Nandi facing the shrine of Shiva. The roof of the temple is built of bricks so light that they can float on water. Even after repeated wars, plunder and destruction during wars and natural calamities, the temple remains intact. A major earthquake during the 17th century caused some damage. Many of the smaller structures were neglected and are now in ruins.

How to reach
Ramappa Temple is situated in Palampet Village around 67 km from the city of Warangal.
By Bus - Visitors have to take buses to Warangal or Hanamakonda and then catch another bus to reach Ramappa Temple.
By Train - There are no railway stations near the temple; one has to get down at Warangal Railway Station or Hanamakonda Railway Station and then take a bus to reach the temple.



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