Sri Padmakshi Temple, Telangana

Sri Padmakshi Temple is located in the city of Warangal in the state of Telengana in India. The Padmakshi Temple was built in the 12th century A.D. by the then ruler of the Kakatiya dynasty who ruled the region for many years. The temple is dedicated to the presiding deity, Goddess Padmakshi. The goddess is called as ‘amma’ by the locals who mean Mother. The temple is nestled in the Hanamkonda hills. The Kakatiya rulers were initially followers of Jainism. There are many instances of Jainism found inside the temple. The sculptures and carvings of the Jain Tirthankarars on the stone walls of the temple are proof of the practice of Jainism during the time the temple was built. Later, during the reign of Betaraju II who converted in to Veerasaivism transformed the temple into Sri Padmakshi Temple.

The most notable structure in the temple is the Annakonda Pillar located on the entrance of the temple. The wonderful pillar is made of black granite stone and is quadrangular in shape. All the four walls display various Jain carvings. Other instances include the book rest or better known as the Vyasapitha carving. Sri Padmakshi Temple is one of the oldest temples in Telengana. The route to the Padmakshi Temple is quite arduous comprising of rocky boulders. The Batukkama festival held surrounding the temple is very popular among the pilgrims and tourists. The whole temple is formed from a natural cavern. Rock cut steps has been built to reach the pond down the temple.

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Sri Padmakshi Temple open at 06:00 AM to 05:30 PM

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