Location: At a distance of about 5 Km from Warangal railway station and 8 Km from Warangal Fort, Thousand Pillared Temple is located in the town of Hanamkonda in Warangal District of Andhra Pradesh.
Description: One of the oldest temples of South India, Thousand Pillared Temple was constructed by King Rudra Deva in 1163 A.D. The temple reflects 12th century Kakatiya style of architecture. This star shaped temple constitutes various lingams and shrines, including the three shrines inside the temple premises, known as Trikutalayam. These three shrines are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Surya and Lord Vishnu. Constructed on a platform at a height of one meter above the ground level, Thousand Pillared Temple has 1000 beautifully carved pillars. This is why the temple is named so. A Nandi bull, intricately carved out of black basalt, can also be seen inside the temple. The well maintained temple garden offers a picturesque view. Chirping of birds mingled with the sound of temple bells creates a mesmerizing atmosphere attracting innumerable tourists and devotees, who visit the temple throughout the year. Serving as one of the principal observatory, Thousand Pillared Temple is the biggest draw of Warangal.
Activities: Surrounded by 1000 pillars in Thousand Pillared Temple, tourists can take a walk around the beautifully carved pillars to experience the beauty of the past. Moreover, homage to God can be paid by participating in Pooja.