The historic Ramappa temple may soon be declared a World Heritage Site as it is the only nomination sent to UNESCO by India for the year 2019.
A World Heritage Site is a landmark or area which is selected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as having cultural,historical, scientific or other form of significance, and is legally protected by international treaties.The sites are judged important to the collective interests of humanity.
Ramappa Temple is also known as the Ramalingeswara temple.The temple is named after the sculptor Ramappa,who built it and is perhaps the only temple in India to be named after a craftsman who built it rather than the king who commissioned it or its presiding deity.
The temple is located in a valley at Palampet village,near Warangal, Telangana.An inscription in the temple dates it to the year 1213 AD, during the period of the Kakatiya Dynasty rule.
The features of the temple are (a)The temple has a Shivalaya where Lord Ramalingeswara is worshipped (b)It stands on a 6 ft high star-shaped platform and (c)The main structure is in a reddish sandstone.
The temple columns are made of black basalt and are carved as mythical animals or female dancers or musicians, and are the masterpieces of Kakatiya art, notable for their delicate carving, sensuous postures and elongated bodies and heads.Further,roof (garbhalayam) of the temple is built with bricks,which are so light that they are able to float on water.