Kakatiya Rudreshwara Ramappa Temple

The Rudreswara temple was constructed in 1213 AD during the reign of the Kakatiya Empire by Recharla Rudra, a general of Kakatiya king Ganapati Deva. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and worshipped by devotees. The temple complexes of Kakatiyas have a distinct style, technology and decoration exhibiting the influence of the Kakatiyan sculptor. The temple stands on a six feet high star- shaped platform with walls, pillars and ceilings adorned with intricate carvings that attest to the unique skill of the Kakatiyan sculptors. These pillars were skilfully placed with mathematical perfection. Rudreswara (Ramappa) Temple is a masterpiece of Kakatiya style of temple architecture with the use of engineering innovation by creating floating bricks, sand-box foundations, material selection knowledge and ingenuity in stone sculpting as a technological ensemble. The temple also survived an earthquake during the 17th Century, thanks to the sandbox technology used in laying the foundation. The famous Italian merchant and explorer Marco Polo had remarked that the temple was the “brightest star in the galaxy of medieval temples of the Deccan.”