Architecture of Thousand Pillars Temple in Warangal
The temple is built in a star shape in the Chalukya style and comprises of three shrines which are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. Because of this the temple central complex is known as the "“Thrikutalayam”. The temple is built on the slopes of the Hanamkonda Hills on a 1 meter high platform.
The Temple is notable for the richly carved pillars each pillar is carved in such a way that it depicts many pillars engraved in a single pillar. The dancing platform which is viewed from any direction from the central complex is a marvel. The temple entrance has a giant Nandi (Monolithic) which is made from black Basalt is beautifully carved in a sitting position measures 6 feet in height and has chiseled ornaments and garlands. Also you can see the elephants which are cut from the rock. To one side of the temple you will find a pool which is made out of rock is used for cleaning of feet and hands before entering the temple.
To the opposite of the temple is a mandapa where devotees gather and spend time in the temple premises. each pillar and any structure is beautifully carved and has uniqueness in the structure. In and around the temple are many gardens and small lingam shrines. There is a well in the temple which is considered very sacred is used for drawing water.
Thousand Pillar Temple Directions
The Temple if seen from the North East direction faces the South West Direction. The entrance of the temple is in the South Direction. The entrance of the temple has a mandapa which has three shrines attached to it which are dedicated to the Lord Shiva, Vishnu, and Surya. To the south of the temple entrance is a giant monolithic Nandi.