People flood social media with their pictures at the historic 800-year-old temple
Warangal Urban: The UNESCO conferring World Heritage inscription to the historic Ramappa temple has brought cheer to different sections of people. Many, including Ministers, MPs, MLAs, IAS, and IPS officers, have started posting their pictures on social media platforms at the historic 800-year-old temple.
Though the recognition on the world stage is a matter of pride for Telanganites, people of the Warangal district living in different parts of the country and across the globe were taking ‘special pride’.
Santhosh Manduva, Founder President of Sulakshya Seva Samithi, who shared his photos with his mother and family members on Twitter said: “As a citizen of the country and a proud Warangalite, I am extremely happy to know that the Ramappa, an architectural marvel built by Recherla Rudra Reddy during the Kakatiyas’ rule, has been inscribed as India’s 39th World Heritage Site by UNESCO. I have been to Ramappa numerous times and have tonnes of memories. But, only when we hired a guide in the year 2013, we came to know about the historical significance and the architectural grandeur of this temple, which is the first-of-its-kind to be named after the sculptor, Ramappa. After visiting places like Ajanta, Ellora, Hampi which were already recognised as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, I felt sad that Ramappa didn’t get enlisted in the list despite having all the parameters,” he added.
“Another memorable moment was taking the orphan children to this temple in 2013 as part of our NGO Sulakshya Seva Samithi’s objective “Protecting Indian Heritage & Culture,” he said.
“Every pillar, every intricate carving tells us a story here. Be it the pillars that produce different musical notes when tapped in certain places and be it the creativity of the sculptors to tell us about the ‘ithihasas’ and ‘puranas’ through their carvings. The floating bricks which you rarely find, the sandbox technology, elaborate carvings which speak volumes about the craftsmanship, every bit of Ramappa temple are astonishing,” he added.
Saritha, an MSW degree holder, said that she had visited the temple twice in the last six years and hoped that the monument would now get international fame and subsequently increase the footfall.
“Both the State and Centre must work in tandem to provide world-class facilities to the tourists who come from all across the globe. We should make sure that not only Ramappa but many more deserving monuments of historical significance get enlisted soon,” she added.
Meanwhile, Telangana DGP M Mahender Reddy, an alumnus of the then Regional Engineering College (REC), Warangal in a tweet said, “Finally, I would like to thank the Central government, the Government of Telangana, Kakatiya Heritage Trust and everyone else who did their bit to make this possible.”
He also shared an article authored by former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao in ‘The Illustrated Weekly of India’ on Ramappa temple in 1966. Ministers Gangula Kamalakar, Satyavathi Rathod, MLC Pochampally Srinivas Reddy, MLA Danasari Anasuya alias Seetakka paid a visit to the Ramappa (Rudreswara ) temple on Monday and offered special prayers.
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