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Telangana: Kakatiya Rudreswara temple inscribed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site

One of the iconic sites of Telangana state, Kakatiya Rudreswara Temple, Located at Palampet village, popularly known as Ramappa temple has been inscribed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site yesterday.

This is the first site which got heritage tag from UNESCO ever since Telangana state formed in 2014. The state Government officials have been making all out efforts to get the World Heritage Site recognition for some time now.

Located at Palampet village in the newly formed Mulugu District at little over 200 kilo meters distance from Hyderabad, the 13th century temple is probably the only temple known by its chief sculptor, Ramappa.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his pleasure in a tweet over the iconic Ramappa Temple being inscribed as World Heritage Site by Unesco.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao expressed happiness for the recognition and said the spiritual and cultural wealth created by Kakatiya rulers in Telangana was unique in the country.

Union Culture and Tourism minister G Kishan Reddy thanked the Prime Minister on behalf of people of Telangana for his guidance and support in getting the world heritage status for the iconic Temple.

The 800-year-old engineering marvel, as popularly known by its chief architect, Ramappa, the Rudreswara Swamy Temple stands majestically in a remote village called Palampet in Mulugu district which is at about a distance of 200 kilometres from Hyderabad.

The temple is known for its architectural brilliance, floating bricks, sandbox foundations and exquisite carvings finding its hold on a 6 feet high star-shaped platform with walls, pillars and ceilings adorned with intricate carvings of unique style.

As per the state Culture department, it took 40 years to complete the constructed in 13th century during the reign of the Kakatiya Empire. The temple complex is a manifestation of the distinct style, technology and decoration exhibiting the influence of the Kakatiyan sculpture and stands as a testimonial to its creative genius.

The sculptural art and decoration specific to the time and Kakatiyan Empire have an outstanding universal value. The distinct style of Kakatiyas for the gateways to temple complexes, unique only to this region confirm the highly evolved proportions of aesthetics in temple and town gateways in South India.

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