Temple belonging to Kakatiya Dynasty converted

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  • September 29, 2020
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Temple belonging to Kakatiya Dynasty converted

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I – Art & Culture

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  • A temple constructed by Emperor Ganapati Deva, a ruler of Kakatiya dynasty, in Dharanikota (Andhra Pradesh) has been converted into an abode of local goddess Balusulamma (Goddess Durga).
  • The presiding deity at this 13th-century temple was Kakati Devi, the tutelary deity of Kakatiya rulers.
  • Due to ravages of time and for no upkeep, the presiding deity got damaged. 
  • The villagers of Dharanikota, who had no knowledge about the past of the temple, installed Balusulamma idol and started worshipping.

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Kakatiya Dynasty

  • Kakatiyas is an Andhra dynasty that flourished in the 12th century CE. 
  • The Kakatiya dynasty ruled from Warangal (Telangana) from CE 1083-1323.
  • They were known for the construction of a network of tanks for irrigation and drinking water and thereby gave a big boost to the overall development of the region.
  • Hundreds of Hindu temples were built under the patronage of Kakatiya kings like Ganapati Deva, Rudrama Devi and Prataparudra of Kakatiya dynasty. E.g.
  • Examples: (1) Thousand Pillar Temple or Rudreshwara Swamy Temple, Telangana. It is a star-shaped, triple shrine (Trikutalayam) dedicated to Vishnu, Shiva and Surya. (2) Ramappa Temple, Warangal, Telangana; (3) Golconda Fort in Hyderabad, Telangana

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