The Pillalamarri Temple is located in Suryapet town in Telangana state. The history of the temple dates back almost 1000 years. It is considered to be one of the oldest ancient temples present in the state.
Pillalamarri Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The holy temple is easily accessible by tourists as Suryapet town is located on the National Highway 9 between Hyderabad and Vijaywada. Apart from the Pillalamarri temple, Suryapet also houses several other ancient temples that were built during the Kakatiya period. It shows us the historical and religious significance of the village since ancient times.
Pillalamarri Temple is built during the Kakatiya era on the banks of the Musi River. It beautifully represents the architectural craftsmanship displayed by the Kakatiya rulers. The temple showcases beautifully carved pillars and walls where each intricate sculpture is done in stone. Moreover, the walls of the temple are beautified with gorgeous paintings. The craftsmen of the Kakatiya period should have been able to impart their excellence to the Telangana art and culture.
The main Sanctorum of the temple houses the main deity Lord Chennakesavaswami. The idol looks great in adornments particularly during the annual celebrations in the months of February to March. During this time, many devotees all across the state come here to offer their prayers to the Lord and seek his blessings.
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The Temple walls are inscribed with inscriptions which beautifully and elaborately describe the glory of the Kakatiya kings. Some of the stone inscriptions include the Telugu language which dates back to 1130 AD and bears a reference to king Ganapatideva.
Another stone inscription belonging to 1195 AD was also found which mentions the rule of Rudradeva. Both inscriptions are available for tourists at the present time. In addition to the valuable inscriptions, the historical significance of the place has significantly increased with the discovery of coins dating back to Kakatiya rule. These have helped archaeologists to research a lot about the life and times of the great Kakatiya rulers.
In addition to the historical and aesthetic value of the temple, the village also has cultural significance. Suryapet town is the birthplace of the famous Telegu poet Pillamarri Pina Virabhadrudu.
Some other places that are worthy to visit surrounding the temple are:
- Suryapet 8 Kms
- Nalgonda 45 Kms
- Khammam 70 Kms
- Yadagirigutta 110 Kms
- Warangal 115 Kms
- Hyderabad 130 Kms
- Vijayawada 150 Kms