Weekend getaway to Warangal- I ‘Mesmerizing Warangal Fort’

It’s been a long time for us to spend some time in peace away from the hustling-bustling city life. So, we planned a weekend getaway to Warangal to refresh ourselves. Warangal the former capital of Kakatiyas is around 140kms away from Hyderabad. We are already behind of our schedule, Our main plan was to visit Pakhal lake for sunrise but unfortunately we missed it. So we thought of checking out the Ancient Warangal fort first.

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Kakatiya Kala Thoranam is a historical arch and symbol of Kakatiya Dynasty in South India. It is also called as Warangal gate.

Warangal Fort, now in ruins, was once an impregnable fort in the state. This is reputed for its architectural magnificence besides its history. The fort Warangal is built with Geometric intricacies during the reign of Ganapati Deva, in 1199 AD and was completed by his daughter Rani Rudramadevi in 1261 AD. The Warangal Fort displays a rare and exquisite Thoranam Architectural style. There are Thoranam Arches and the pillars are spread across an area of about 19 kilometers between Hanamkonda and Warangal.

This fort is testament to the greatness of Kakatiyas

This fort is a testament to the greatness of Kakatiyas

This fort has stood witness to many wars and revolts almost throughout its life as well the history associated with it. The special feature distinguishing the four enormous pillars of the gateway is that they have been cut from a single rock. Three protective layers ensure the protection of what was once the inner precincts and center of power.

The remnants of the fort comprise imposing gateways and tall, elegant towers, each almost 50 feet tall.

The remnants of the fort comprise imposing gateways and tall, elegant towers, each almost 50 feet tall.

Part of the ruins consist of delicate sculpture and stone work, motifs and designs delineating animals like lions and swans. Inside the fort area are the residues of temples razed to the ground by the early Qutub Shahi kings. The place is full of riches and resources from the past.

Look at those exquisite carvings.. Looks amazing isn't it?

Look at those exquisite carvings.. Looks amazing isn’t it?

The Kakatiya period was rightly called the brightest period of the Telugu history. The entire Telugu speaking area was under the kings who spoke Telugu and encouraged Telugu. They established order throughout the strife torn land and the forts built by them played a dominant role in the defence of the realm.

Even till today this Lion shaped pillar didn't loose its grandeur.

Even of today these sculptures didn’t loose its grandeur.

Swayambhu Temple:

At the centre of Warangal Fort is an archaeological zone containing an enclosure with the excavated ruins of a Siva Temple, demolished probably by invading armies from Delhi. These fragments, arranged in a large field, are from granite pillars, ceilings, and brackets, part of what must have been a monumental temple and sub-shrines. Seen here are multisection mandapa pillars and a sanctuary entrance frame with intricately carved capital and Siva dvarpalaka.

Nandi Idol stands as one of the special attractions in this fort.

Nandi Idol stands as one of the special attractions in this fort.

Ganesa Shrine:

To the right of the reconstructed linga shrine, another set of unearthed fragments are formally arranged as a Ganesa temple. To its right is an immense but broken ceiling panel containing a krittimukha framed by dense foliage and creeper circles.

Reconstructed Ganesa temple..

Reconstructed Ganesa temple..

Linga Shrine:

Unearthed blocks have been arranged to represent the layout of the original temple. At the west of the enclosure is this Linga shrine guarded by slabs with dvarpalakas carved in relief. They wear conical headgear, hold the trishul, damaru or sarpa and are flanked by diminutive attendants. The shrine is sheltered by a block that has a panel of thick creeper circles containing hamsa and other animals, held up by large mandapa columns.

Linga shrine: The linga is placed on a platform whose moulded base has a continuous procession of hamsas. Above this is a row of yalis and finally a row of lotuses and swans

Linga shrine: The linga is placed on a platform whose moulded base has a continuous procession of hamsas. Above this is a row of yalis and finally a row of lotuses and swans

The ASI has listed the remains as a Monument of National Importance.

The ASI has listed the remains as a Monument of National Importance.

Nearby Attractions:

Swayambhu temple: A self incarnated Shiva temple

There’s a small temple adjacent to Warangal fort called Swayambhu temple which has a Shiva linga inside it. It says that the Shiva linga has emerged itself from the ground and it is said that this is 850 years old temple.

Swayambhu temple

Swayambhu temple- has an self incarnated Shiva linga

Khush mahal:

This structure is said to be built over the site of a Kakatiya palace. May have been used as an audience hall by Shitab Khan, the 16th century Qutb Shahi governor of Warangal.

Khush Mahal- Master piece built by Shitab khan

Khush Mahal- Masterpiece built by Shitab khan.

Check my other blog where I’ve uploaded HQ pictures..

Continued…

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6 thoughts on “Weekend getaway to Warangal- I ‘Mesmerizing Warangal Fort’

  1. Great post! Nice Archaelogical site! I am eager to know how you spend remaining time ? looking for the continuation of this getaway..

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