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Monuments of Adilabad

S.No Name of the Monument Village Mandal Period
1 Siva Temple Asifabad Asifabad 16th —17th CE

Shiva Temple

A Shiva Temple locally known as Parvathi Sametha Baleswaraswamy worshipped by the locals. It is located on an elevated area facing east, on the bank of a stream near the outskirts of Asifabad. Located to one side of this temple, there is a small shrine for Lord Hanuman.

The temple is located on a hillock which shows the manner in which temples were built on higher platforms during the times.

2 Siva Temple wankidi wankidi l3th-14th Century CE

Siva Temple

A triple shrine Temple complex facing east is located on the right bank of the Wankidi River in Wankidi village.

The Temple consists of three shrines in a row with a common rangamandapa and a stepped pyramidal type of sikhara. The central four pillars in front of the central shrine are polished. Sculptural motives of elephants, dancing figures, mithuna etc. are carved on adhistana, all around the mandapa.

The entire complex is located within stone prakara with an entrance mandapa. The Temple belongs to the Kakatiya period (13th -14th Century CE).

3 Vaishnavite Temple Gangapur Asifabad 15th CE

Vaishnavite Temple

This is a cave Temple with the carved idols of Vishnu and Vaishnavite dwarapalakas holding sanka, chakra, gadha and padma in their four hands, in addition to Alwars, Surya, Hanuman etc. which are worshipped by devotees according to Hindu traditions.

There are other small caves with the images of other gods. Above the cave there is a pyramidal sikhara, which is a key feature of this Temple.

4 Neolithic Implements Pareshwar Asifabad 25th C.B.C
5 Wood Fossils Asifabad Asifabad 30th C.B.C
6 Hindu Temple (Lakshmi Narayana Temple) Jainath Jainath 12th CE

Hindu temple (Lakshmi Narayana Temple)

There is a stone inscription in the temple written in Sanskrit language in Devanagari script. It begins with an obeisance to the sun god- namah Suryaya. It records the military achievements of king Jagaddeva son of Udayaditya of Paramara family. It also records foundation of an agrahara and erection of a temple of Nimvaditya by Padmavathi wife of Lolarka. According to Kolanupaka inscriptions Jagaddeva ruled Kollipaka province for a short period (1104 - 1108 CE) as a subordinate of Chalukya king Tribhuvanamalla of Kalyana.

Though there are number of temples in the village the main temple is dedicated to Sri Lakshminarayana. The temple faces east. It is erected on a high Jagati, which elevates the temple structure from its surrounding area. The jagati serves as an open promenade and pradakshanapatha around the temple. The compartments of the temple namely mukhamandapa, antarala and garbhagriha connected internally and externally. They are planned on one single axis, which runs east west. The walls of the temple constructed with large blocks of dressed stones. The temple seems to have been constructed in 12th CE in Hemadpanthi style.

7 Mosque Adilabad Adilabad 16th C.A.D.
8 Siva Temple Gudihatnur Gudihatnur 17thCE

Siva Temple

There is a Shiva temple in the village consisting of a garbhagriha and antarala with pillared mandapa. Nandi is placed in the centre of the mandapa facing the Shivalinga.

9 Cairns & Menhir Gudihatnur Boath 10th C.B.C.
10 Stone Circle Guraj Boath 10th – 9th C.B.C
11 Neolithic Implements PocheraWater Falls Boath 25th C.B.C
12 Neolithic Implements Dho-ur Boath 25th C.B.C
13 Neolithic Implements Islapur Boath 25th C.B.0
14 Neolithic Implements Kuntala Neredigonda 25th C.B.C
15 Papahareswara Temple Kadli Bazarhatnoor 17th CE

Papahareswara Temple

Papahareswar Temple, dedicated to Lord Papahareswar swamy i.e., Siva is located in beautiful surroundings. The temple consists of garbhagriha and antarala with pillared mandapa. Beautiful sculptures such as Vishnu in the form of Varahamurthy carrying Bhudevi, and Saivite dwarapalas carrying khatvanga, naga etc. in their hands are seen in the Temple complex, dating back to Chalukya period (10th -11th Century CE).

A beautiful four-handed Varaha Murthy, the third incarnation of Maha Vishnu is carved on a basalt stone. Here Varaha Murthy is seen carrying Bhudevi (Mother Earth) and holding Sudarshan Chakra in upper right hand. In upper left hand he is seen holding goddess Bhudevi whereas the lower right carries gadha (club) and lower left is lola hastha (freely hanging). With his left leg he is seen trampling Hiranyaksha, the demon. The Murthy is decorated with kirita makuta, haras, keyuras, kankanas, nuparas, mekhala (waist band) and a long garland. A four-handed Saiva Dwarapala is carved on basalt stone and adorned with kirita, kundalas, haras, keyuras and nupuras.

16 Fortifications Lakshettipet Lakshettipet 13th -14th C.A.D
17 Neolithic Implements Pangir Bhainsa 25th C.B.C
18 Gopaliji's Temple & Other Temple, Inscriptions on the Tank Bund. Bhainsa Bhainsa 18thCentury CE

Gopaliji's Temple

The Temple located in Bhainsa village, consists of garbhagriha, antarala and pillared mandapa that adorn the various directions of the Temple. The central four pillars show some of the best sculptural representations. Shaivite dwarapalas (carrying damaru, trisula, gada etc. in their hands) are carved here on antarala doorjambs and dwarapala sculptures at the entrance of the Temple. Due to this evidence, it was once considered to be a Shaiva Temple, but there was no presence of Shivalinga in the garbhagriha. Presently it is known as Gopalji Temple/Gopalkrishna mandir since the Temple now has a Krishna idol which is kept here in the garbhagriha and worshipped by the local people.

19 Idgah & Muslim Daraghas Bhainsa Bhainsa 1702 C.A.D.
20 Gnana Saraswathi Temple Basara Mudhole 13th - 14th C.A.D

Gnana Saraswathi Temple

21 Stone Circle Sirla Degaon Bhainsa 10th - 9th C.B.0
22 Fort Shamgadh Nirmal 17thCentury CE

Fort Shamgadh

There are 4 forts within a radius of 15 kms. from Nirmal town. Three small forts are situated nearby Nirmal town while the fourth fort which is a bigger one, is about 10 km away from the town. Originally these were reportedly constructed to check the entry of enemy armies from Maharashtra during 17th and 18th Century AD by the Asaf Jahis of Hyderabad and local Chieftains.

The forts are locally named as Chatisgadh, Batisgadh, Syamgadh and Songadh. There is a beautiful palace inside the town known as Sarath Mahal. These are basically military forts, strategically located on an ancient trade route. The Nizam of Hyderabad had constructed these forts with the help of technical and engineering expertise of the French Generals.

Nirmal had witnessed a glorious past with overwhelming admiration towards art and culture from the ruling nobility. The Chalukyas, the Kakatiyas, the Qutb Shahis and the Nizams have contributed to the growth of cultural heritage and made it flourish and helped in the promotion of art and architecture. The French established their presence here by building a magnificent fort which stands majestically till date as they were reportedly fascinated by the scenic beauty of this area. The gigantic Nirmal fort built by the French looming large at the entrance of the town stands a witness, for its inclination towards it.

23 Fort Sonagadh Nirmal 17th - 18th C.A.D
24 Neolithic Implements Sonagadh Nirmal 25th C.B.C
25 Stone Circle Sonagadh Nirmal 10th - 9th C.B.C
26 Mahadev Temple Nirmal Nirmal 13th C.A.D
27 Jami Masjid (Late Qutubshahi Style) Nirmal Nirmal 17th C.A.D
28 Fortifications Nirmal Nirmal 18th C.A.D
29 Saradmahal Nirmal Nirmal 17th - 18th C.A.D
30 Neolithic Implements Narsapur Ichoda 25tth C.B.C
31 Neolithic Implements Khanapur Khanapur 25th C.B.C
32 Fossils Sirpur Sirpur (Kagajnagar) 30th C.B.C
33 Siva Temple Utnur Utnur 16th -17th CE

Siva Temple

Hemadpanti temple and koneru are archaeological sites located in Utnur village. The Temple complex consists of Shiva, Rama and Sai Baba temples. There is a beautiful rectangular step well (Koneru) in the temple complex.

Hemadpanti is an architectural style followed in the state of Maharashtra. It is named after its founder, the Prime Minister Hemadpanth who had served in the court of Yadavas of Devagiri, who ruled from 850 - 1334 CE from their capital city Devagiri (present day Daulatabad in Maharashtra State).

34 Fort & Idgah Utnur Utnur 17thCE

Fort and Idgah

This is a late Qutb Shahi style historic structure with fortification walls and ldgah (a place of worship), located in the north-western outskirts of Utnur in Adilabad district.

The fort walls are strong to this day, showing the architectural strength of the fort built during Qutb Shahi period.

35 Gandhari Kota Timmapur Mandamarri 9th17th Century CE


Gandharikota situated in the reserve forest about 4 kms. interior of Manchirial - Bellampally road , from the point at which the Zillaparishad road to Bokkalagutta starts. The fort was constructed connecting the four peaks of hillocks locally known as Gandharigutta situated in between Jalagutta and Oragutta. These hillocks are situated about 3kms. south west of Bokkalagutta hamlet. Even today there is relatively thick forest around the hillocks indicating that the fort to be a Vanagiridurga( Hill fort situated amidst forest area) during its heyday.

Rockcut cells, gateways, four-armed Bhairava, chained Elephant with a man in its trunk, Rock cut cave temple with seven hooded Naga, Ganesha , Hanuman and Savathula bavulu are the important places in the fort.

The construction work of the fort was believed to have started as early as Rastrakuta times and continued till 16th cent. A.D. It believed that Rajgonds ruled this area.

36 Ancient Mound with two pairs of Carved Feet Bhainsa Bhainsa 3rd C.A.D
37 Mahadev Temple Sadalpur Bela 11th - 12th CE

Mahadev Temple

The Mahadev temple consists of garbhagriha and antarala with pillared mandapa. The sikhara which forms the main backdrop for the temple is built in Nagara style, surmounted with amalaka.

The location of this temple in pristine surroundings adds to the charm.