800-year-old sand-box foundation temple in Telangana

Thứ Năm, 04/04/2024, 11:09

PSNews - Thanks to its special architecture, Ramappa Temple, also known as Rudreshwara, has been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage Site in 2021. There are 40 World Heritage Sites in India and Ramappa temple is the 32nd one.

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Located in a valley of Palampet village of the Venkatapur Mandal, in Mulug Taluq of Warangal, Telangana, Ramappa temple, which dates back to 1213, was built by General RecharlaRudra, Chief Commander of Kakatiya ruler Ganapati Deva.
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According to historical records, it took 40 years to complete this temple.
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The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Marco Polo, during his visit to the Kakatiya Empire, refered it as "the brightest star in the galaxy of temples".
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The roof of Ramappa temple is built with light bricks so that they can easily float on water.
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The architecture using sandbox technology and light bricks which creates a special base bagged the UNESCO heritage site status to Ramappa temple.
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The hall in front of the sanctum has exquisitely carved pillars, creating a special effect that combines between light and space.
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The temple's surroundings are decorated by carving 526 elephants, each with a different shape.
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It is no wonder to say that Ramappa temple stands exemplary for the Kakatiyan architecture.
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Since being recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2021, Ramappa Temple has become an increasingly attractive destination in India.
By Kim Khanh