Coordinates: 18°15′33″N 79°56′36″E / 18.25917°N
79.94333°E / 18.25917; 79.94333
Bhumija style/Kadamba architecture
Ramappa Temple also known as the Ramalingeswara temple, is located
77 km from Warangal, the ancient capital of the Kakatiya dynasty,
157 km from Hyderabad in the state of
Telangana in southern
India. It lies in a valley at Palampet village of
in erstwhile Mulug Taluq of Jayashankar Bhupalpally district, a tiny
village long past its days of glory in the 13th and 14th centuries.
An inscription in the temple dates it to the year 1213 AD and says it
was built by a General Recherla Rudra, during the period of the
Kakatiya ruler Ganapati Deva.
The temple is a Shivalaya, where Lord Ramalingeswara is worshipped. It
stands majestically on a 6 ft high star shaped platform. The hall
in front of the sanctum has numerous carved pillars that have been
positioned to create an effect that combines light and space
wonderfully. The temple is named after the sculptor Ramappa, who built
it, and is perhaps the only temple in
India to be named after a
craftsman who built it. History says that it took 40 years to build
The main structure is in a reddish sandstone, but the columns round
the outside have large brackets of black basalt. These are carved as
mythical animals or female dancers or musicians, and are "the
masterpieces of Kakatiya art, notable for their delicate carving,
sensuous postures and elongated bodies and heads".
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The roof (garbhalayam) of the temple is built with bricks, which are
so light that they are able to float on water.
There are two small
Shiva shrines on either side of the main temple.
The enormous Nandi within, facing the shrine of Shiva, remains in good
Nataraja Ramakrishna revived
Perini Shivatandavam (Perini Dance), by
seeing the sculptures in this temple. The dance poses, written in
Nritta Rathnavalid by Jayapa Senaani, also appear in these sculptures.
The temple remained intact even after repeated wars, plunder and
destruction during wars and natural disasters. There was a major
earthquake during the 17th century which caused some damage.
Many of the smaller structures were neglected and are in ruins. The
Archaeological Survey of
India has taken charge of it. The main
entrance gate in the outer wall of the temple is ruined.
Ramappa temple is located in Palampet,
Venkatapur mandal which is
19 km far from Mulugu Mandal (around 70 km off Warangal
Town). It is 6 km away from
Kota Gullu where another
is located. Tourists from Hyderabad can reach to
Ramappa Temple via
Temple with basalt brackets
Dancer on bracket
Looking up the shikhara
Entrance to main temple
Entrance structure from inside the temple
Rear entrance to the temple complex
The Nandi figure
Smaller temple next to main one
The damaged entrance
^ a b Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao. "Ramappa temple never fails to surprise
visitors". The Hindu. Retrieved 2015-01-01.
Shiva temples at Palampet". Retrieved 2006-09-11.
^ UNESCO "The Glorious Kakatiya Temples and Gateways", Tentative List
^ Michell, 385
Warangal Temples, Telangana". Retrieved 2006-09-11.
Michell, George, The Penguin Guide to the Monuments of India, Volume
1: Buddhist, Jain, Hindu, 1989, Penguin Books, ISBN 0140081445
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