KOLANPAKA

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Location : 6-km From Aler And 80-km From Hyderabad
Previous Names In Different Periods : Kolanupaka, Kottiyapaka, Kollihaka, Kollipaka, Bimbavatipuram, and Vyakhyananagaram
Dates Back To : Chalukyan Period, 11th Century
Main Attraction : A 2,000-Year-Old Jain Temple

It is located 6-km from Aler and 80-km from Hyderabad , and is a place of much historical importance. It was once a prosperous city covering an area of 93.24-km and the ruins of old fortifications can still be seen. It gained prominence when it was made the alternate capital of the Kalyani Chalukyas in the 11th century AD.

Sacred Place To Both Jains & Shaivs
It is of great religious importance to the Jains as well as Shaivites (worshipers of Lord Shiva). It is famous for the 2,000-year-old Jain temple with its 1.5meters high image of Mahavira. It is the birthplace of 'Renukacharya', the great 'Veera Shaiva' saint, believed to be born from the 'Svayambaghu Linga' at this village and absorbed into it after preaching Veera Shaivam.

Other Temples
Shree Veeranarayana temple was built around 1104 AD, in Chalukyan style. Based on the architectural details it is considered that it was a Jain temple initially, which was later modified into a Vaishnava place of worship. Other temples at Kolanupaka are the 'Visveswara' or 'Vishveshwara', Hanuman, and 'Someshwara' or 'Someswara'. All these temples are rich in sculptural beauty.

A noteworthy phenomenon of Kolanpaka is that, if one stands on the tank bund and which is about 1.6-km from the village and calls out "Dhana Malli", a plaintive voice responds to call through there is no hillock or a rock nearby to treat the response as an echo.

FESTIVAL

The most important festivals celebrated here are the Utsavam at the Jain temple, 'ViranarayanaSwami Utsavam' and 'Sriramanavami', all in March-April.

HOW TO GET THERE

Road & Rail: Tourists can access this place by bus or by train up to Aler and tongas or rickshaws from there.

WHERE TO STAY

Accommodation is available in the hotels at Hyderabad and Warangal.



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