Location: Padmakshi Temple, one of the ancient temples, is located on the hilltop of Hanamkonda, at a distance of approximately 6 Km from Warangal, Andhra Pradesh.
Description: One of the oldest temples in Andhra Pradesh, Padmakshi Temple was built by Kakatiya Kings, who ruled Hanamkonda for many centuries. Dedicated to goddess Padmakshi, the temple is visited by a large number of devotees and tourists throughout the year. Pilgrims come here to pay homage to Goddess Padmakshi, known as the mother of all Goddesses. The presence of sculptures and carvings of Jain Tirthankaras originally reflected it as a Jain Temple. Padmakshi temple is famous for Annakonda Pillar, which can be seen at the entrance of the temple. It is constructed with black granite, constituting a large number of carvings, inscriptions and sculptures. The temple welcomes innumerable devotees during a festival named Bathukamma, which is celebrated here with immense joy. Women of all ages decorate handmade idols of Goddess Durga with colorful flowers, bidding farewell to her later at Padmakshi Lake. Special Pooja is conducted here during the festival. Besides this, Durgashtami is another festival celebrated here with joy and happiness.
Activities: Tourists can enjoy the famous festivals of this area, gaining a feeling of spirituality and paying homage to God. Constructed on a hill top, the magnificent view of the city and serene ambiance around can be experienced to refresh mind and soul.