Hyderabad: The iconic Kakatiya Rudreshwara Temple, popularly known as Ramappa Temple, is attracting tourists in hordes after it was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
On Sunday alone, over 15,000 people flocked to this ancient temple located on the sprawling lake named after sculptor Ramappa.
The temple, which is largely known for sculptures and elaborate carvings, is a major attraction among the history buffs and wanderers. It is the first site in Telangana to be given the recognition by UNESCO. The State government has been making relentless efforts to get the World Heritage tag for some time now.
According to the inscriptions in the temple, it was built in 1213 CE by a general of the Kakatiya Empire, Recherla Rudra, during the reign of Kakatiya King Ganapati Deva.
The temple is known for its unique features like ‘floating bricks’, sandbox foundations and exquisite carvings. Also, this is the only temple that has been named after the sculptor rather than the deity.
Apart from boosting tourism in Telangana, the status is also leading to a sustained development in livelihood of locals.
The temple is located amidst lush green forest at Palampet village of Venkatapur mandal which is 65 km from the district headquarters.
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