Ganapeswara swamy temple (Kotagullu)

13th Century CAD

Location

Ghanpur (Mulug), Ghanpur (Mulug), Jayashankar Bhupalpally

Ghanapuram is a veritable museum of the Kakatiya architecture and art. The temple complex is located on the north-east of the village. Altogether nearly 22 temples are constructed here within a stone enclosure. The main temple i.e. Ganapeswaralayam dedicated to Lord Siva, faces east. The 60 pillared natya mandapa to the southern side of the main temple is probably the main entrance to the complex, with 19 subsidiary shrines in rows all around the main temple, and there is another Siva temple, to the north of the main temple. All are built in red sand stone.

Later a mud fortification was reportedly raised all around the entire temple complex probably to protect them and hence, they are locally termed as “Kota gullu”. The inscriptions inscribed on the wall of mukhamandapa of Ganapeswaralayam refers to the visit of Vibhutigaura, the resident of Srigiri, the house hold servant of Panditharadhya and a native of Machirajupalli near Orugallu. The other inscription slab refers to certain Ganapathi Reddy, who installed Lord Ganapeswara and donated land during the reign of Ganapathi Deva (1199-1262 CE) in the cyclic year of “Jaya Nama Samvatsara, Vaisakha Sudha Trayodasi, Bruhaspati Vasaram” (corresponding to 1234-35 CE). From the epigraphical evidence, it is believed that the temple was built during the first half of 13th Century CE.

How to Reach

Ghanpur village is located nearly 50 km from the district headquarters of Warangal and is accessible by road.