The name Ramappa temple brings to mind the intricate carvings and floating bricks. The 802 years old engineering marvels of Kakatiya regime craftsmanship. The temple is known for its elaborate carvings that speak volumes about the dexterity of craftsmen. According to inscriptions, it was said to be built in 1213 AD by Recharla Rudra, a general of Kakatiya king Ganapati Deva. The presiding deity here is Ramalingeswara Swamy.
Ramappa Temple's Amazing Architecture
There were times people from far and wide made a beeline to see and believe that bricks here float on water. Local legend has it that a sculptor named Ramappa from Karnataka executed the temple for 40 years and hence it was named after him. This is believed to be unique as nowhere in the world a work is named after sculptor.
Among the amazing carvings include a flute at the entrance of sanctum sanctorum which when hit make the sound sa-ri-ga-ma. The pillars within the temple boast of such a fine carvings that one could pass a strand of hair through. It has 13 such carvings perhaps indicating the 13th century when it was constructed. A complete story of 'Ksheera sagar madhanam' was carved on one beam and so also on other beams featuring – Daksha samharam, Daksha yagnam, Tripurasura samharam, Gajasura samharam and Narakasura vadha, Gopika vastrapaharanam.
They used red sand stone for the temple while black granite was used for carving out amorous statues adorning the temple outside connecting roof and walls. The dancing girls in erotic forms bring out the artistic splendour of those days. The columns were arranged in such a fashion that sunlight reflects on the garbhagriha all the time.
Ramappa Lake is a magnificient example of irrigation work of Kakatiya Rulers constructed in 13- Century A.D. during Ganapathi Deva's time. Its water is spread over an area of more than 82 Sq.Kms with lush greenery all around. The lake is over looked by beautiful hill ranges in the background providing a spectacular view especially at Sunset time. It is an excellent place for lovers of picnic and one can simply come here and relax under the shade of sprawling trees or walk around appreciating the beauty of nature or have a fascinating boat ride through lovely blue water.
While in exile Pandavas lived here for a certain period of time, there are a few natural paintings on these rocks, depicting the lifestyle and their hunting methods. There are some natural formations like Sabha, chairs and concert rock. Locals celebrate festival on Karthika pournami (November) day here praying Kunthi (mother of Pandavas) for good rains throughout the year.
Ramappa temple back side view
Temple full profile
Mandapam and carved pillars
Super fine carvings that only a thread can pass through
Madanikas - Artistic splendour of the dancing girls carving in erotic forms
The 802 years old engineering marvels of Kakatiya regime craftsmanship
Lord Ramalingeswara temple, famous for intricate carvings and floating bricks
Ramappa temple is named after sculptor, which unique as nowhere in the world
A flute at the entrance of sanctorum, when hit make the sound sa-ri-ga-ma
Pillars boast of fine carvings that one could pass a strand of hair through
A complete story of 'Ksheera sagar madhanam' was carved on one beam
Historical Ramappa Lake
Constructed in 1300 AD, is a magnificient example of irrigation work of Kakatiya Rulers
Its water is spread over an area of more than 82 Sq.Kms with lush greenery all around
Over looked by beautiful hill ranges in the background providing a spectacular view
An excellent place for picnic, relax and boating
Lake view hotel and cafetaria
Legend is Pandavas lived here for a certain period of time
There are mural color paintings on these rocks
Some wonderful natural formations like chairs, concert etc.
Address of Ramappa Temple
Ramappa Temple is located in Govindaraopet Mandal, Warangal district of Telangana state, India - 506347.
How to Reach
Nearest Airport: Hyderabad
Nearest Bus Station: Mulugu (From here buses available to Ramappa and Laknavaram)
Nearest Railway Station: Warangal
Transport: It is a 3 hours drive from Hyderabad on Warangal highway then Ramappa or Laknavaram. There are frequent buses and trains till Warangal available from Hyderabad. Take the bus to Ramappa temple and Laknavaram from Warangal.
Where to Stay
Telangana state tourism providing staying facility for both the sites Ramappa Lake and Laknavaram Lake visit http://telanganatourism.gov.in website for booking details
Where to Eat
Telanga Tourism's Haritha hotel providing food at cafetaria with nice view of lake.