Location: The renowned & sacred Hindu shrine namely ‘Ramappa gudi’ or ‘Ramalingeswara temple’ is built 77 Km away from Warangal, i.e. 157 Km away from Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh, South India. This famous pilgrimage is located in the valley at palampet village of Venkatapur Mandal in the former Mulug Taluq of Warangal district.
Another name: Ramalingeswara Temple
Prime Deity: Lord Shiva or lord Ramalingeswara
Historical Era of its foundation: 13th or 14th century (medieval period).
Historical inscription as testimony of its establishment: The most eminent evidence proving the existence of this temple indicates that this holy shrine was modeled in the year 1213 by General Recherla Rudra during the ruling of Kakatiya dynasty.
Founding Dynasty: During the reign of ruler ‘Ganapati Deva’ of Kakatiya kingdom, this temple was founded.
Architect: Sculptor ‘Rama’.
Significance of its name: ‘Magnificent art meets immortality’ provided that the masterpiece should have heart & soul of its crafter. Likewise, sculptor ‘Rama’ induced his heart & soul while crafting & sculpting the statues that is enticing divine beauty. The strikingly awesome piece of carving can make anyone dumb after witnessing enchanting divinity abiding in stony art. His simply astounding art rewarded him a chance to make himself immortal via the glimpse of his truly brilliant sculptures. Therefore, the temple has been named after him.
Caretaking authority: Archeological Survey of India.
Description of the temple:
- Total area: 5 acres of land is covered with constructed shrine while surrounding 20 acres of land is grown green with winsome flora in order to empower the blowing air the power of rejuvenation.
- Architectural Style: South Indian style
- Theme of its design epitomizes: The classic pattern of the temple is built on the high platform of star-shape to give it universal look.
- Walls, pillars & ceiling: The intricate carving elaborates the truth that ‘stones can also speak’. Beginning from the array of walls stretching to pillars while covering ceiling, the crafted Hindu mythology narrates the significance of their presence on its own via the mute language of its pictorial illustration to the spectators.
- Roof (garbhalayam): The astounding fact regarding its roof is that the bricks piled up for its construction are to light to float on the surface of water.
- Hall: The hall adjoining to the sanctum is constructed in such way that the air & light can get their way easily to move inside freely while illuminating the internal premise of the shrine.
- Shiva shrines: The main shrine used to have two small pilgrimages dedicated to lord Shiva on both sides. But unfortunately, foreign invasion had demolished it completely just to play with the emotions of Hindus.
- Unique sculpture of Nandi: Fortunately, despite foreign plundering, the statue of Nandi is standing intact. Nandi statue manifests in alert form which resembles as waiting for the orders of deity to be obeyed.
- Source of inspiration: Acharya Nataraja Ramkrishna has tried to make the carving of sculptures eternal by taking inspiration for revamping Perini Shivatandavam (an eternal dance form). These dance postures are scripted in NRITTA RATHNAVALI by JAYAPA SENAANI.