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A Masterpiece of Kakatiya Architecture

A Masterpiece of Kakatiya Architecture

August 9th, 2021

Rudreshwara, also known as Ramappa Temple, is a Hindu temple in the Telangana state of India, located in the village of Palampet, some 200 kilometres north-east of Hyderabad. It is the principal Shiva temple in a walled complex constructed by emperors Rudradeva and Recharla Rudra during the Kakatiyan dynasty (1123–1323 CE). The sandstone temple was built starting in 1213 CE and is thought to have taken 40 years to complete. The edifice has carved granite and dolerite beams and pillars, as well as a remarkable pyramidal Vimana (horizontally stepped tower) composed of lightweight porous bricks, often known as "floating bricks," which helped to lighten the roof structures.


A Masterpiece of Kakatiya Architecture

 

Ramappa temple is a model of Kakatiya architecture, but it is its technical miracle that has lately earned it the most prestigious UNESCO world historic site classification at the 44th World Heritage Committee conference in China. This 13th-century temple, possibly the only one named after its architect Ramappa, is reported to have taken 40 years to construct in the name of Recherla Rudra, the then Kakatiyan emperor Ganapati Deva's general. Previously, in the temple grounds, a miniature of a similar temple was created, and the original temple was built after visiting the little temple.

A Masterpiece of Kakatiya Architecture

In 2019, the Temple was added to the "tentative list" of the proposed UNESCO World Heritage Site "The Glorious Kakatiya Temples and Gateways." On September 10, 2015, the application was presented to UNESCO. The temple was registered as a World Heritage Site on July 25, 2021, as "Kakatiya Rudreshwara (Ramappa) Temple, Telangana."

A Masterpiece of Kakatiya Architecture

Although it is located in a distant village called Palampeta in the Venkatapurmandal of Telangana's Mulugu district, it is easily accessible by road. The UNESCO heritage badge will undoubtedly restore the temple's splendour, boosting domestic and international visitors to the temple as well as other adjacent tourist attractions such as Khila Warangal, the 1000-pillared temple, Kota Gullu, Laknavaram Lake, Ramappa Lake, and others.

A Masterpiece of Kakatiya Architecture