Telangana’s heritage bears a great influence of the Kakatiya rule, which is also described as a golden era of temple architecture. There are hundreds of temples, across different villages of Telangana, which share a unique history, with several structures of heritage prominence.
Kakatiya era shrines, especially those of Lord Shiva have earned great patronage during that era, which is reflected in the glorious sculptures and other fine aspects of architecture. One such shrine of that of Lord Shiva, located in Ghanpur village.
It is locally known as “Reddy Gudi”. It is believed that the temple was constructed by Ganapathi Reddy, a member of Recharla family, who served as feudatories under the Kakatiya rulers. Hence, it is named as “Reddy Gudi”. The Siva temple i.e. Reddy gudi faces north and consists of garbhagriha, antarala and entrance ways on north, east and western sides.
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Although simple in plan, it is embedded with all the elegant characters present in the nearby main shrine i.e., Ganapeshwaralayam of Kakatiya times. Heritage explorers who visit Ganapeshwaralayam and the surrounding complex, also visit Reddy Gudi, which is renowned for its heritage prominence.
How to Reach
Ghanpur village is located nearly 50 km from the city of Warangal and is well-accessible by road. It is now part of Jayshankar-Bhupalpally district of Telangana.