Thousand Pillar Temple

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Thousand Pillar Temple
Thousand Pillar temple
Thousand Pillar temple
Thousand Pillar Temple is located in Telangana
Thousand Pillar Temple
Location in Telangana State
Thousand Pillar Temple is located in India
Thousand Pillar Temple
Location in Telangana State
Coordinates 18°00′13.4″N 79°34′29.1″E / 18.003722°N 79.574750°E / 18.003722; 79.574750Coordinates: 18°00′13.4″N 79°34′29.1″E / 18.003722°N 79.574750°E / 18.003722; 79.574750
Country India
State Telangana
Location Hanamakonda, India Warangal
Sanctum Shiva, Vishnu, Surya
Architecture Kakatiya, Chalukya,Kadamba architecture
Date built 1163 AD
Creator Rudra Deva

The Thousand Pillar Temple or Rudreshwara Swamy Temple[1] is a historic Hindu temple located in the town of Hanamakonda, Telangana State, India.[2] It is dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Surya.

Thousand Pillar Temple, along with "warangal Fort" and "Ramappa Temple" are added to the tentative list of World Heritage sites recognised by UNESCO.[3]


Many Hindu temples were developed under the patronage of Ganapati Deva, Rudrama Devi and Prataparudra who were of Kakatiya dynasty. The Thousand Pillar Temple was believed to be constructed during the period between 1175–1324 CE by order of the king, Rudra Deva. It stands out to be a masterpiece and achieved major heights in terms of architectural skills by the ancient Kakatiya vishwakarma sthapathis.[4]

It was desecrated by the Tughlaq dynasty during their invasion of the Deccan.

Sculpture of Nandi at Thousand Pillar Temple


The Thousand Pillar Temple with its ruins lies near the Hanamkonda-Warangal Highway in Telangana State, about 150 kilometres (93 mi) from the city of Hyderabad.

Rudreswara Temple locally known as Veyisthambala Gudi (Thousand pillars temple) is one of the fine and earliest available examples of Kakatiya art, architecture and sculpture. It was built by Rudra Deva, and named after him as ‘Sri Rudreswara swamy temple with the presiding deity as Rudreswara, in 1163 AD in the style of later Chalukyan and early Kakatiyan Architecture, star shaped and triple shrined (Trikutalaya). The temple is a fine specimen of architecture and sculpture with One thousand pillars implying that the temple has many pillars. There are richly carved pillars, perforated screens, exquisite icons; rock cut elephants and the monolithic dolerite Nandi as components of the temple. Strengthening of foundations like sand box technique, the skill of Kakatiya sculptors is manifest in adroit craftsmanship and flawless ivory carving technique in their art. The ingenuity of Kakatiya sculptors is visible in likes of lathe turned, and shiny polish in dolerite and granite stone sculpture and craft work of Nava rangamandapa.

The temple was renovated in 2004 by the Government of India. Archaeological Survey of India and modern engineers have been working for the temple's further renovation.


A good transport facility is available to reach out to temple by road. The nearest railway station is Warangal railway station, which is 6km away from the temple.The airport located at Hyderabad is the nearest airport to this temple.


  1. ^ "Thousand Pillar Temple History". Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  2. ^ 1,000-pillar temple to get facelift - Times Of India. (2003-07-20). Retrieved on 2013-08-25.
  3. ^ Centre, UNESCO World Heritage. "The Glorious Kakatiya Temples and Gateways - UNESCO World Heritage Centre". Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
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