Kota Gullu is at a distance of 70kms from Warangal | Kota Gullu temples are built by Kakatiya king Ganapatideva, and the intricate carvings are breathtaking | Road (Route) map to Kota Gullu from Hyderabad
There are no words to tell about the skills of the sculptors who carved intricate carving on the rock walls. Thousand Pillar temple, Ramappa temple and the fort of Warangal are few of the best examples for the expertise of the artisans. Kotagullu is one more example which is becoming popular recently.
There is a big temple of Lord Shiva in the midst of a mud fort, Sabha Kalyana Mantapaalu on both the sides of the temple, 18 small temples around them can be seen. These are built just by arranging rocks on one another. These temples are the symbols of the artistic expertise of the Kakatiya rulers. This area was once ruled by ‘Ganapatideva’, a Kakatiya king. Ganapavaram got its name from this king, and later it became Ghanapur. This is at a distance of 70kms from Warangal. These temples were built in the time of Ganapatideva. These Shiva temples are now called Kotagullu. According the local people, this is the only temple of Lord Shiva which was built with ‘Upa Aalayaalu’. The history of Kotagullu was not known till 5 years back. Archeologists who visited these temples were astonished by its artistic grandeur. They have taken up some works to revive its glory and to develop it as a tourist spot. As a part of it excavation work around the temple was taken up and two large statues of Door keepers (Dwarapaalakulu) were taken out. Another 13 statues were taken out recently. Basing on these the history of Kotagullu could be understood.
Kakatiya rulers wanted to preserve their sculptures from the attacks of Sultans. So many rare sculptures were buried in the earth near the temples. Archeologists have taken out these sculptures after 1,000 years. The temples were partially destroyed by the Sultans.
Anybody who visits these temples is spell bounded by the construction style of the temples. Skill and expertise which cannot be shown in wood or cement constructions can be seen in the art works carved on the rock walls. The colours used in that period are intact till now. One thing has to be agreed that those people had the skills that are superior to the latest technology.
Archeology department has opened a museum with the statues that were taken out during the excavations, to let people visit the beauty of the sculptures.
There are many places in Warangal like Thousand pillar temple, Ramappa temple, Warangal Fort and Pakala lake which are worth seeing.
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