Italian traveller Marco Polo called this shrine of Ramalingeswara as ‘the brightest star of the galaxy of temples.’ In an inscription carved in the temple dates it to the year 1213 AD that it was built by General Recherla Rudra Reddy and the Sculptor Ramappa, during the period of the Kakatiya ruler Ganapati Deva.
The Temple is 17 Km away from Warangal and stands as a symbol of Indian Architecture and was included in the UNESCO heritage sites under ‘The Glorious Kakatiya Temples and Gateways.’
The main hall of the temple looks like a digital painting that the sculptors deliberately played with space and light in the carvings. The carvings of dancers show the precision of the ancients, even the micro carvings depicting the dance of Perini along with the exquisite carvings of the Madanikas, were magically enchanting.
Renowned Classical Dancer Mr. Nataraja Ramakrishna revived the lost dance form of Perini shiva tandava by carefully studying the sculptures in this temple. It’s the only temple in India that was named after a craftsman. Despite the vandalism of the invaders during the reign of Pratapa Rudra, the temple still retains its glory along with outstanding architectural technique in making the floating bricks.
– Viswanath Venkat Dasari