Explore Jainism in Telangana

With the archaeological evidences suggesting that Jainism has once prospered ebulliently in Hanamkonda and had an extended run even during the times of Kakatiya dynasty, the State government has plans to promote tourism in addition to the ongoing developmental activity.

Thanks to Ramoju Haragopal, a member of the Committee on Telangana History, who recently deciphered that Hanamkonda was once a seat of Jain learning.

This in a way suggests that much before Kakatiyas built Orugallu Qila (Warangal fort), there lies a fort on Hanumadgiri, also known Gaggilaiah gutta, that has 35 feet carving of 3rd Tirthankara and 13 feet 23rd Tirthankara. These apart, there are seven other sculptures also.

The carvings believed to be of 4th century suggest that Jainism has its prominence in Hanamkonda region before Kolanpak, one of the famous Jain centres in the country.

Recently, district collector Amrapali Kata, State government adviser BV Papa Rao, Warangal West MLA D Vinay Bhaskar visited the hillock with a view to develop it as a spiritual centre to attract the tourists.

 

Source: thehansindia.com

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