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Telangana's Ramappa Temple gets UNESCO World Heritage Tag

Telangana’s Ramappa Temple gets UNESCO World Heritage Tag

 

Ramappa Temple, the historic 13th-century temple in Mulugu district of Telangana got recognition from UNESCO as a World Heritage Site on Sunday. Also known as the Ramalingeshwara Temple, this temple is located 209 km from Hyderabad, in a valley in Palampet village of Venkatapur Mandal of Mulugu district in the state of Telangana.

 

Built during the period of the Kakatiya ruler Ganapati Deva, this engineering marvel is named after its architect, Ramappa. The temple was proposed by the government as its only nomination for the UNESCO World Heritage site tag for the year 2019. Showcasing the outstanding craftsmanship of the Kakatiya dynasty, Ramappa Temple is a shivalayam, where Lord Ramalingeshwara is worshipped. It is said that Marcopolo, while visiting the Kakatiya empire, called Ramappa Temple “the brightest star in the galaxy of temples”.

Telangana’s Ramappa Temple gets UNESCO World Heritage Tag

Telangana's Ramappa Temple gets UNESCO World Heritage Tag
Telangana’s Ramappa Temple gets UNESCO World Heritage Tag

 

Ramappa Temple stands on a star-shaped platform that is 6ft high. Numerous carved pillars adorn the hall in front of the sanctum. These pillars are positioned uniquely, creating an effect that incorporates light and space magnificently. It is perhaps the only temple in India that is named after its craftsman. The columns of the temple are carved in the shape of mythical animals and female dancers or musicians. These are celebrated for their delicate carving and are considered masterpieces of Kakatiya art. The most notable feature of the temple is its construction using bricks that are so light that they can stay afloat on water.

 

Though some major earthquakes during the 17th century caused some damage, the temple stands mostly intact even after destruction during repeated wars and natural disasters. Ramappa Temple has been on UNESCO’s tentative list since 15th April 2014.

 

Palampeta Special Development Authority (PSDA) has been established by the Telangana Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department to conduct reservations and to maintain the sanctity of pond, hills, and forest lands surrounding the Ramappa Temple.

Subhangee Guha

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