Telangana region is the home of the incredible Rachakonda Fort. The fort stands as a glorious demonstration of the Vemula rulers and their power. The fort is currently in ruins. However, this epitome of the marveling medieval Hindu art and culture still attracts scores of people. Another striking feature of this temple is that it perfectly adheres to the principles of Vasthu Shastra, which influences most of the Hindu architectures.
The Velama rulers, the kings who built this small but very strong Rachakonda fort, had established their throttlehold over the Telangana region after the Kakatiyas and before the Bahamani era.
The fort is built in two floors. The fort displays a breath taking view of the entire city, when you stand at the fort’s South East corner. The entrance of the Rachakonda fort serves as an outstanding example of monolith pillars. The uniqueness of this fort lies in its construction; it has been built without using any mortar in cyclopean masonry. The fort is also adored with beams and lintels with enthralling rock cut walls. Each and every inch of this fort provides plenty of fodder to feed the high appetite of history lovers.
The history of the Rachakonda fort is intricately woven with the history of the velama rulers. According to the legend, the Velama rulers were wrapped in pride and believed that they were invincible. This increasing pride made them impose several carnages on their people. Women were humiliated the most, and one such woman, cursed the rulers of facing failure in their objectives and then turned herself in to a stone. It is believed that this curse brought their downfall. The stone figure is still found in the fort premises.
Many of India’s past heritage structure have lost their charm with changes in time but to this day they still represent magnificent pieces of architecture. The Bhongir fort in Nalgonda district of Telangana is one such structure. It is a massive impregnable structure erected by Chalukya ruler, Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI and the fort is named after him. Bhongir fort’s history is traced back to the 10th century. Initially it was called Tribhuvanagiri, renamed later as Bhuvanagiri and eventually it has become Bhongir Fort. The town of Bhuvanagiri/Bhongir derives its name from this splendid fort, which stands on a monolithic rock.
It is spread across an impressive area of 50 acres at a height of around 500 feet over the top an enormous rock formation. It resembles an unusual egg-shape structure along with two main entry points inturn covered with huge rocks. The fort that is encircled in a moat has underground chamber that is believed to be connect Golconda fort located 50 km away. The fort also witnessed a glorious period under queen Rudramadevi and her grandson Prataparudra’s rule.
After scaling the highest point, the Bhongir fort offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire region. Visitors can find an impressive collection of armory, stables, trap doors and other tools of historical interest. The fort also has a Hanuman temple and many ponds at the hilltop. Tourism department and adventure enthusiasts offer special trekking tours to ascend the fort. Bhongir fort is considered a popular tourist destination in Telangana and coupled with a thrilling climbing experience, can you ask for more? History exploration and adventure combined into one, Bhuvanagiri is connected well by roads and train. It is located at a distance of 48 km from state capital, Hyderabad.
Devarakonda which is as Mandal Headquarters, is a tiny village situated in Nalgonda district. The Devarakonda village is home to one of the most astonishing forts found in Telangana. The village attracts many tourists from over the world. There was a time when the fort stood high in place flaunting the glory of the village, but now due to negligence, the fort is in ruins.
For people who love to explore the chronicles of the state, then the Devarakonda Fort must have place in your to-visit list. A visit into this spectacular fort is like stepping in to a historical trance with every corner of the fort unveiling the great tales of bravery, of struggles and of the triumph of its rulers. In the premises of fort stand the Rama and Shiva temples constructed by Maada Naidu. These temples add a hint of spirituality and purity to the untouched beauty of the fort. The people visiting the fort area also treated by the nature with a picturesque view of a little pond present in it.
The fort was constructed in the 13th – 14th century. The Devarakonda fort is the emblem of prosperity established by the kingdom of Padma Nayaka Veluma Rajas. The fort was the heart of one and slave of none, as it was ruled by Padma Nayaka Veluma Raja since the year 1278 to 1482 AD.
Later, the Devarakonda fort was conquered by Maada Naidu who belonged to the eight kings of the Padma Nayaka rulers. Maada Naidu was a prodigy and a brave warrior besides being a great ruler. It was during Maada Naidu’s rule that the fort took the shape of a well established centre of cultural heritage and several temples were built. Maada Naidu was the man behind the many brilliant changes done to attribute to the wonders of this fort. Amongst the many things added to the fort is the astonishing way of stairs that will take you to Patala ganga that is situated in Srisailam. Maada Naidu was a great ruler who cared for his pupil.
After Maada Naidu, the strings of the flourishing Devarakonda Kingdom went into the hands of Maada Naidu’s son, Pedha Vedagiri Naidu. Vedagiri Naidu was also a brave king who had established his throne for around 26 years. Vedagiri Naidu had added an extra charm to the kingdom.
Kolanupaka is a popular village in Alair Mandal in the Nalgonda District in the state of Telangana, India. The Kolanupaka village belongs to the Telangana region. The beautiful village is located at a distance of 82 kilometers towards North from the district headquarters Nalgonda and about 77 kilometers from the State capital Hyderabad. This village is the home for a remarkable Jain Temple. The temple is popular for its incredible architecture. The Kolanupaka Temple has been a gift for over two thousand years. Once you enter the temple, an aura of purity surrounds you. Inside the temple, there are some wonderful pictures of the Jains, the great achievers of final knowledge.
Nandikonda is a small village located along the banks of Krishna River in Nalgonda district. It is located close to the magnificent Nagarjuna Sagar dam. Nandikonda was part of the Ikshvaku Dynasty and the village shot into prominence after scores of ancient Buddhist structures like pillared halls and monasteries were unearthed. The relics that were unearthed during a series of excavations are today displayed at the Museum of Central Archeological Department here.
There are also ruins of a fort dating back to Ikshvaku Dynasty. The citadel consists of gates, strong fortifications, water trenches, and even as rectangular-shaped stadium were found during archeological excavations. The Nagarjuna Sagar dam was initially called Nandikonda project and the place finds place in the Buddhist circuit of Telangana.
Mahabubnagar district in Telangana is referred to as territorial district, because it had many territorial rulers than any other place in the state. Gadwal is a famous place among these and was called ‘Vidvadgadwala’ historically.The then ruler and strongman of Gadwal called Peda Soma Bhupaludu (Somanadri) constructed this fort during 17th Century. To this day, the huge walls used for construction of the fort and the moats make Gadwal Fort really strong and impregnable.
Today after three centuries, it remains intact. The fort precincts are home to deity Sri ChennakesavaSwamy Temple, Sri Ramalayam, Sri VenugopalaSwamy temple, and a water body. The ruler Pedda Soma Bhupala had defeated the Nawab of Kurnool then and brought a 32-feet long Cannon as a symbol of victory, which is the biggest in India and is still seen in the fort. The government has taken many steps to restore the heritage of Gadwal fort. It is located near Gadwal town, between Hyderabad and Kurnool at a distance of 16 km from Erravelli Junction on Bangalore-Hyderabad NH 7.
The heritage site of Alampur located in Mahabubnagar district of Telangana is home to the Navabrahma temples and famous Jogulamba Temple in one temple complex. These are believed to be built during the 7th – 8th Centuries A.D. and a total of nine temples were built on the banks of the river Tungabhadra where Lord Shiva manifests in 9 different forms.
Jogulamba Temple, considered one of the 18 Shaktipeetas in India attracts thousands of visitors each day. Alampur is considered historically as an important centre of the Chalukyas. Goddess Jogulamba is seen her as Shakti in her “Roudra avatar”. Alampur is also the site where the historical Sangameshwara temple was relocated after its submergence by the backwaters of Srisailam dam.
Pillalamarri is an age-old tree and is located around 3 Kilometers from the Mahaboobnagar District head quarters. The place is at a distance of about 90 Kilometers away from Hyderabad. Nature never gets exhausted while showing its creativity. And a human never gets exhausted exploring the wonders and marveling the creations of this maverick magician. Nature has always tried to surprise humans with marvelous creations, and it continues to do so. The great Banyan trees called Pillalamarri is one such artistry stoke of Mother Nature. The tree attracts many people. It is approximately 700 years old. It earned its name Pillalamarri because it is spread into a lot of branches. Because of the scores of branches, one cannot see the main trunk of the tree. The country is home for three great Banyan Trees and Pillalamarri is one among them.
The tree stands is a special attraction for the visitors touring the Mahaboobnagar district. Keeping the increased popularity in mind, the tourism department has set up a small exhibition centre here. Many statues and sculptures are exhibited in the exhibition. The place also has a spiritual significance as an ancient ShivaTemple which was submerged under the Srisailam Project has been relocated here. Other attraction here is the mini zoo with animal parks and bird park.