Thousand Pillar Temple lies about 5 km from Warangal
and is near the Hanamkonda
-Warangal highway. Built by a Kakatiya
King, Rudra Dev, in 1163, the temple is in shape of a star and has three shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva
. One thousand carved pillars and the 6 ft high black basalt Nandi
at the entrance are the exclusive features. Built on the slopes of the Hanumakonda hill, the temple has beautifully carved doorways, pillars, ceiling and perforated screens. Small lingams are also seen in the temple premises.