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The Thousand Pillar Temple is a historic Hindu temple positioned on Hanamakonda Hill near Warangal, which is a part of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The temple has been built on the slopes of the Hanumakonda Hill on a 1 m raised area. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Surya and has the shrines of its presiding deities to whom this temple is dedicated. This combination of the three shrines is known as Trikutalayam. This famous temple was constructed by King Rudra Deva, in the year 1163 AD.
The temple is a refined specimen of the Kakatiyan style of architecture of the 12th century. The Thousand Pillar Temple of Hyderabad with its ruins stands in the vicinity of the Hanamkonda-Warangal highway. It is a great reflection of the Chalukya Rulers.
This Thousand Pillar Temple has been created out in the silhouette of a star with one thousand carved pillars. There is a figurine of Nandi, the sacred bull of Lord Shiva is set up along with monolithic black basalt shinning is a wonderful form of art. As the name suggests, the pillars counts to one thousand and are intricately carved out in different sized and are erected all over the temple, forming the fortifications of the temple.
Out of these three shrines, the shrine of Lord Shiva is placed in such a way that it faces the east while other shrines face south and west. It was because of the fact that the Kakatiyas were devotees of Lord Shiva and wanted their favorite Deity to receive the first ray of the sun fall on Shiva Lingam. Besides these strong hold pillars, the temple also has subtle smokescreens, brilliant stonework and detailed and intricate sculptures that will surely interest you.
There is a hall called ‘Natya Mandapam’ in the temple, which is used by dancer to perform. Presently, the temple is being maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India which has declared it as one of the protected monuments.
The best time to visit the Thousand Pillar Temple is during the winter months of October to March as during this period of year, the climate is pleasant in the city making your journey comfortable and with ease.
The visiting time of the temple is in between 6 AM to 8 PM.