Tucked away in the western zone of the newly formed state of Telangana is the district of Warangal. Known for its historical significance this place has evolved to be the second largest city of the state. At about three and a half hour drive from Hyderabad; Warangal is a definite weekend getaway for many. And those of you who are less familiar with the place here is a small insight to it.
History of Warangal ranges from the ancient period of Kakatiya dynasty till today. It is a city where a balance of both old and new can be found. The most famous attractions being the Laknavaram Lake, Warangal Fort, Thousand Pillar Temple, Bhadrakali Temple and Ramappa Temple
It was one of those chilly wintry mornings when we, a group of four, decided to go on a road trip Warangal. Less did we know then the true beauty the place held and how humbled our discovery of a new place would be. We started our journey early morning to avoid the city traffic. The sun was still not up. As our car sped on the highway a new morning was born, a morning to be remembered for a really long time to come. We made halt to have breakfast at a roadside dhaba.
First we headed for some excitement at Lakhnavaram Lake. Built by the Kakatiya dynasty, this huge water body covered a large area of land with islands, surrounding forests and connecting hanging bridge. A number of water sports are offered to entertain the visitors. We went for a speed boat ride on the sun kissed lake. It was surely a place of respite of all.
From the lake we went to Ramappa Temple. The sun was high up in the sky and the temperature had started to rise. The temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva and formed an extraordinary example of craftsmanship. The majestic temple housed two Shiva temples with a huge sculpture of Nandi, his bull. The temple is said stand majestically as a silent witness to many wars and plunder that had ravaged the city.
Our next stop was at the site of Warangal Fort, where the heritage of the state comes alive. The scattered remains of the ancient fort reminds of a golden era that once dominated the state. It is not difficult to lose oneself in the charm and beauty that surrounded the open expanse. The place breathed of a rich legacy in its every rock and boulders. It is impossible to miss the granite arch of the doorway that form the emblem of the state, standing proudly in midst of the wreckage of time. A primitive silence prevailed, etched with a soul calming serenity. We sat on the rocks for a while listening to a long forgotten history that the wind told and watching the sky painted in glorious colour of molten gold.
From the fort we headed to the Thousand Pillar Temple. Also known as the Rudreshwara Swamy Temple, it is named after its patronage Rudra Deva of Kakatiya dynasty. It is an architectural masterpiece showcasing the skill of the people of the bygone era. As it goes by the name, thousand pillars of pure granite fused to form the outer wall of the temple. The intricate carvings are not only eye catching but mesmerizing as well.
Our journey of discovery of a new place came to an end by visiting the Bhadrakali Kali. The huge white figures of Shiva and Parvati on the hilltop is impossible to miss. The sun had set by now and as the twilight set in, we walked towards the Bhadrakali Lake. A cool breeze lingered in the air reminding us that winter is not far away. The temple was alighted with innumerable diyas and it was a sight to behold. After paying our homage we were back on our return journey to Hyderabad, leaving behind a trail of memories.
Warangal is indeed one of those places where the culture of the old city has been entrapped in a time capsule and has been preserved for people like us to pay a visit at least once in our lifetime. It is not difficult to be in awe of the grandeur that surrounded it and be humbled at our own past, so that we can live in our present to tell our history to our future.