Ramappa Temple – also known as the Ramalingeswara temple – is located 77 km north-east of Warangal in Palampet village, Telengana.
Ramappa temple is an architectural marvel, built in 1213 CE by General Recherla Rudra, under the Kakatiya ruler Ganapati Deva. The intricate sculpturing and exquisite carvings are awe-inspiring.
The peculiarity of this wonderful creation includes the slender, graceful Madanikas, Naginis, Salabhanjikas and different postures from Perini dance form. Interesting to see one of the Madanikas wearing high-heel footwear! Yes, 800+ years ago!
The Maha mantapa in front of the Garbhagriha has depictions from epics in its central ceiling panel and 4 main pillars carved out of black basalt stone.
These pillars are comprehensively carved on the upper half.
The bottom half is polished so smooth as to reflect the sunlight during the daytime in to the Garbhagriha, illuminating the massive 9 feet Sivalinga inside! No artificial lights are therefore in use inside the sanctum.
The temple built on a 6 feet high star-shaped platform (similar to Hoysala temples) is named after its chief sculptor Ramappa from Karnataka – Perhaps the only temple in India to have named after a craftsman who built it!
Ramappa temple! Wow! What a beauty!
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