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Ramappa temple, Telangana
Photo: Veejay Sai

Recently UNESCO certified the Rudreshwara Ramappa Temple in Telangana as a world heritage site. Built in the 13th century in Palampet, on the outskirts of the city of Warangal, the Ramappa Temple is one of the finest examples of the Kakatiya architectural heritage. Inscriptions date the temple to 1213 AD built by a general Racherla Rudra Reddy under the reign of King Ganapati Deva. The inner sanctum is dedicated to Lord Shiva while there are several smaller shrines around the temple complex. Some of the best preserved sculptures of dance can be found in this temple. It was in the Kakatiya kingdom that Jayappa Senapati authored the famous 'Nritta Ratnavali', a comprehensive treatise on classical dance. The exquisite dance sculptures in different parts of the temple complex tell us about the thriving culture of patronage towards dance in the Kakatiya kingdom.
- Veejay Sai

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