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Places to See ( Warangal)

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Bhadrakali temple Pembarthi Metal Crafts
Durries of Warangal Ramappa Temple
Fort of Warangal Sanctuaries
Kazipet Dargah Siddeshwara Temple
Kolanupaka Thousand Pillared Temple
Pakhal Lake Yadagiri Gutta

Bhadrakali temple

6 kms. from Warangal bus stand

Situated atop a hillock between Hanumakonda and Warangal, this temple is famous for the stone image of the goddess an ancient Bhadrakali.shown in a sitting posture with eight armed, with a weapon in each hand the goddess is precious deity of this region. It was constructed during the 8th century A D.

Temples in the complex :
Bhadrakali ,Lord Siva, Subramaniyan Swamy, Anjaneya & Nava Grahas.

Festivals celebrated :
Dasara Navarathri Festival is celebrated for 9 days.

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Durries of Warangal

Located 150 km. from Hyderabad

Description :
Durries mean carpets. The designs of Warangal carpets are usually named after a popular person, place or even after the designer. Dil, Dilkush, Brindavan, Iraq, Taj Mahal, Bombay, Salarjung, Purana, Lahari, Seetammajada, Kamal, Mogga, Navrang, Gadapa, Diamond Fish, Yasin and Half Dil are the most sought-after designs.

Kanchanpalli, a tiny village, was the first place to start making cotton durries. Today, Warangal is a famous center for cotton durries.

Making of the craft :
Warangal carpets are woven using simple methods on ordinary paddle looms using cotton. Today jute yarn is also used.

Rumals of Warangal :
The people of Cherial, Pochampalli & Puttapaka wear turbans made of telica rumals. These rumals are also used as loin cloth & duppattas. Pairs of uncut telica rumal serve as a turban or loincloth for men (lungi); elongated telica is used as dupatta. These rumals are also called Asian rumals. The rumals are exported to Persian Gulf, Middle East, East Africa, Singapore & Burma.

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The traditional telica rumals are restricted to red, brown & natural colours and have predominantly dark colour combinations. The patterns in these rumals conform to geometrical forms like the square, cross, rectangle, dot & various stepping motifs instead of non-geometrical varieties like circles.

Figurative designs are also incorporated with designs of helicopters, wheels, lions, sun, flowers, parrots etc., being the most common ones. But the process of pre-treatment of the cotton yarn, in a mixture of gingely oil & soda containing earth mixed sheep dung remains the same. In earlier times, Chekkapindi (tree bark) was used to get the red colour, while black color was obtained with iron scraps dissolved in vinegar or by over dyeing with indigo.

Banjara Fabrics :
The Banjaras are also known as Lambadis. The tribals wear dresses of bright color combinations the red, green, yellow and black with mirrors knitted on cloth in intricate designs. The stitching of cloth with cut mirrors has become a source of income for many Banjara families in Andhra Pradesh, particularly in Hyderabad, Khammam, Nalagonda and Warangal.

Banjara dressing :
The Lambadi women wear heavy garments full of colourful geometric patterns. Small, round and square mirrors, beads, coins and cowrie shells, coloured cotton tassels hang from the edges of their embroidered garments. The males of the tribe wear a simple dhoti, a shirt and a pagiri or a turban of several folds, wrapped around the head. The use of red and white colours is prominent among them.

Women wear the customary dress phetia (skirt) made of coarse red cotton prints, rich in embroidery work with small pieces of cut (broken) mirrors stitched over the lehenga (skirt). The glass embroidery work is wrapped around the waist like a belt. Gero, a cord ornamented with cowrie and beads equal in length to the lehenga, is also hung on the waist. The kanchidi (choli) or bodice, with colorful embroidery in front and on the shoulders, covers the bosom and is tied at the back by flat strips, the ends of which are embroidered with cowrie and beads.

The word kanchidi means chantia or odni sometimes. It is a red printed and embroidered cloth, measuring up to two-and-a-half yards, fastened at the waist on the left and carelessly thrown over the shoulders & the head. The kanchidi covers their naked tattooed back. There are seven patterns of designs based on which the banjara dresses are sewn. The Narka design constitutes a triangular mirror in the middle with small threads around it.

Makhi design is a single line stitching in which, threads are visible like dots in a row. In Rela design, threads are stitched in a caterpillar-like tuft. Katta is a simple triangular design, whereas Teka is an intricate one of triangular patterns. Laldi and Gunjara are peculiar designs. Goth is another typical Banjara design, which forms the border for any cloth. women generally wear shell bangles from the elbow point to the wrist.

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Fort of Warangal

7 kms. from Warangal railway station

The Kakatiyas were renowned for their glorious rule. In the 12th century, the new dynasty of the Kakatiyas from Orugallu (Warangal) emerged, they expanded the kingdom of Coastal Andhra. They annexed vast empire of neighboring territories of Nellore, Cuddapah and Kurnool. For more than 323 years, they ruled and encouraged art, culture and literature, built temples, and promoted religious harmony and tolerance.

Ekashila (The Solid Single Rock) :The legendary of Kakatiya kingdom, located near the temple of Goddess Earth in the Warangal fort, a big single rock, which resembles a hillock, is an antique piece; it is also used as watchtower by the soldiers. This is a glamorous tower built in with a design representing as eight angles standing tall on the rock. It is believed that the great poet Pothana wrote immortal Bhagawatha sitting on the top of the rock of a temple located near by the fort.

Stately Arches :Majestic arches which mark the grandeur of Kakatiya sculpturesstand tall on all four sides of the temple complex. These magnificient arches symboloze the very culture of the Telugus.

Khush Mahal :A legendary master piece known as Khush Mahal built by Shittabh Khan (reign 1504 - 1512) is situated close to the glorious Warangal fort. Splendid idols which were found during excavations are presently kept in this Gijantic Mahal. This edifice majestically stands as a silent symbol of the past glory of Kakatiya dynasty.

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Kazipet Dargah

Situated at distance of 2 kms from Kazipet Railway Station, Dargah, which is popularly known as Kazipet Dargah, is the place of visit not only for the Muslim Community but also for other religions from all over the Country.

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Kolanupaka

Situated about 90 kms from Historic Kakatiyan capital Warangal, Lolanupaka is a thriving center of the Jain religion in ancient times. As the capital city of Kalyani Chalukyas in the 11th century AD, this is the birth place of Renukacharya - A great Vira Saiva saint who was born from swayambhulingam (self formed lingam) and was absorbed into the same lingam as soon as his mission of preaching the Vira Saiva doctrine was accomplished.

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Pakhal Lake

Around the tranquil man made Pakhal Lake with perennial streams of water is located about 50 kms east of the historical city Warangal, amidst undulating forest - clad hills and dales, Pakhal Lake built during the reign of King Ganapathi Vignana (Knowledge of Vastu) which found its expressionin the building activity of the Kakatiya Kings. Set around shores of this lake is the Pakhal wild life sanctuary covering an area of 900 sq.km with densforest, shelter of tigers and a large variety of other animals and birds.

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Pembarthi Metal Crafts

6 kms. from Janagaon

This craft is practiced in Warangal district and the craftsmen follow the method of embossing on brass and copper sheets. In this technique, brass or copper sheet is cut into the required size & fixed on a wooden table, with four sides of the sheet covered with lac. Lac effectively fixes the sheet on wooden plank or table. A traced design is pasted on the sheet. Lampblack mixed with coconut oil is painted on paper, whereby the white lines appear clearly on the design paper. The craftsmen carve the design with fine instruments by following the lines. Later white paper and lac are removed and the sheet is subjected to further fine carvings and finishing is done on the buffing machine.

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Ramappa Temple

The medieval Deccan Ramappa temple dating back to 1213 ad built by the 7th Kakatiya Rudra Senani, is the right choice for architectural lovers with a panaromic view of scenic beauty. Situated at Palampeta, 64 Kms away from Warangal, the temple has several idols in dancing postures. It documents the glory and grandeur of the Kakatiya Kingdom with rich intercate culture on walls, pillars, and ceilings brackets and ceilings will captivate you. The main attraction of this temple is the floting bricks and a warrier Queen.

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Sanctuaries

Apart from Pakhal, another place worth visiting is Tadwai Sanctuary, which is spread over 800 sq.kms., and popularly known as Yeturu Nagaram sanctuary. Located about 80 kms from Warangal, this is a place with scenique beauties and has facilities like Guesthouse and building complex of general amenities.

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Siddeshwara Temple

Located on the surroundings of 'hanumakonda' and known for its historic importance the Siddeshwara Temple is an eminent place of visit.

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Thousand Pillared Temple

7 km. from Warangal railway station

Catch a glimpse of the finest specimen of Kakatiya architecture and sculpture, located on the outskirts of Warangal at Hanumakonda with three-Quarter relief as if an orgami expert had folded paper into complex patterns and then petrified it into black stone. This is one of the main attraction to the visiting foreigners as well as Indian tourists. Built during the reign of Rudra Deva in 1163 A.D, in the Chalukyan style, the star shaped triple shrined temple is dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, Surya. Thus the temple complex is popularly known as 'Thrikutalayam'. The temple is notable for its richly carved pillars, perforated screens and exquisite icons with a special and an impressive rock cuts of elephants and Nandi.

Temples in the complex :
Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu & Lord Surya.

Presiding deities :
Rudreswara and Shiva are main deities in this temple.

Festivals celebrated :
Maha Shivaratri, Ganesh Festival, Karthika Poornami, Nagula Chaviti & Kunkuma Pooja.

Places to see inside :
Rudreswara deity, Shiva deity, Koneru (Pushkaroni), Sila Sasanam, Pakasala, Nandi Mandapam & Kalyana Mandapam.

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Yadagiri Gutta

Located 85 kms away from Warangal, situated on top of a hill of 583 meters high the Lord Lakshminarsimha Swamy Temple, is being worshiped by innumerable number of pilgrims not only from Andhra Pradesh but also from across the country.

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