India’s youngest state Telangana is described by explorers as treasure trove of archaeology due to its invaluable heritage, monuments and many more. The Deccan region of India, encompassing the state of Telangana has been known since ages for its heritage legacy of several dynasties and their architectural marvels.
There are 347 protected monuments located in thirty-one districts of Telangana. The protected sites/monuments include Pre-historic and Proto-historic sites, Rock Art Sites, Megalithic burial complexes, Jain temples (Basadis), Buddhist Sites/Monuments, Brahminical temples, Forts, Mosques, Tombs, Colonial heritage buildings etc., ranging right from prehistoric era to the 19th Century A.D.
Reconstruction of Devuni Gutta Temple, Kothur village
The temple is located in Kothur village, Mulugu mandal, JayashankarBhupalapally district. The temple is located on a densely forested hill locally called ‘Devuni Gutta’. One has to walk from the village through a forest. About halfway up, the path becomes a water path — a stream or a rivulet that one can walk through which runs for a kilometre at least. Even as you enjoy the walk, you also get to see beautiful waterfalls at several places. Upon reaching the top of the hill, one comes upon this absolutely stunning temple with carvings on all four walls sitting snug within a lush green environment. It looks like it is made of bricks but up close one can see that the blocks are a mixture of sand and stone. Lime mortar was used for plastering. There were carvings made on these square and rectangle shaped blocks. Sages, Buddhist monks, dancers, even some animals can be identified on the sculpted stone, which has eroded over time. The sanctum sanctorum also has several such carvings. Historians estimate the age of the temple to be more than 1300 years old.
Trikutalayam, Jakaram village
The Department of Archaeology & Museums, Telangana has successfully re-constructed a Kakatiya-era Trikutalayam at Jakaram village, Jayashankar-Bhoopalpally district. The four layers of stone vergams of Adhistana of this Trikuta temple have been erected. The Trikuta temples represent the glory of Kakatiya architectural style and there are many such temples built all over the region as Kakatiya rulers were great patrons of religion, culture and traditions.
Extension of MoU for Conservation of Qutub Shahi Tombs
The Qutub Shahi Tombs located in Shaikpet is a fine example of nawabi legacy. The final resting place of the rulers of the Qutub Shahi Dynasty, it is one of the largest mausoleum complexes in the world, with spectacular architecture and extensive constructions, of historical significance. The Department of Archaeology and Museums entered into an agreement with Aga Khan Foundation and Aga Khan Trust for Culture for conservation and restoration of these structures at an estimated cost of about 100 Crores. The MoU was executed for five years with effect from 9th Jan 2013 till 8th Jan 2018. As on today 32 structures and landscaping works have been completed while a new MoU has been executed on 6th Dec 2017 with effect from 9th Jan 2018 to 8th Jan 2023 for continuation of remaining conservation works.
Erection of Thoranas at Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, Inavolu
Sri Mallikarjuna swamy temple is located to the south of Inavoluvillage, about 20 km from Warangal. It is a protectedmonument of the Department of Archaeology & Museums. The Department of Archaeology &Museums has erected Keerthi Thoranas on the northern side as part ofthe restoration efforts undertaken, to preserve the glory of thehistoric shrine.
Telangana state is replete with invaluable treasures and the Department of Archaeology and Museums leaves no stone unturned towards safeguarding the monuments of yore, reflected in the several initiatives and development plans.