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A Historic Black Granite Carving

The state of Telangana is a rich repository of heritage structures, sculptures and many more. There are many mandal’s in the state, which boast of a great legacy, seen in the form of rare antiques and monuments. Rangareddy district is well known for its heritage significance, and continues to be explored, by historians. There are quite a few temples and sculptures, devoted to Hindu gods, of both Vaishnava and Shaivism sects.

Here’s one such unique site, which attracts visitors and worshippers alike. There is an idol of Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy, carved in black granite stone measuring 2.20mts x1.00 mts. This figure of Anantha Padmanabha is carved on a boulder, in Devarampally village.

A 32-hooded snake is also beautifully carved behind the structure, which is a highlight of the stone carving here. The upper right hand is kept below while the head and the lower right hand is kept near the chest of Anantha Padmanabha. The upper left hand is seen holding the Sankha while the lower left hand is kept on the folded left leg.

Sri Brahma is seen seated on a lotus which is raised from the navel of Anantha Padmanabha. His consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi are carved near his feet portion. Above the deity, Sankha, Chakra and devotees’ images are also carved. On the basis of the iconographical features, this sculpture dates backto 12th -13thCentury A.D. It is one of the several historic sculptures, that fascinates explorers, standing as a testimony to the skill of sculptors and the religious beliefs of people as well as rulers of those times gone by.

How to Reach

Devarampally village is located nearly 45 km from Hyderabad in Rangareddy district of Telangana and is well accessible by road. 23-musuems


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