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Monuments of Adilabad

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

Siva Temple

A Siva temple locally known as Parvathi Sametha Baleswaraswamy is located on an elevated area facing east, on the bank of a stream close to the outskirts of Asifabad is worshipped by locals. Originally, the garbhagriha is an old one. Local people renovated the temple completely by adding mandapa. Located to the side of this temple, there is a small shrine for Hanuman as well.

The temple is located on a hillock which shows the manner in which temples were built on higher platforms during the age old times. The region of Asifabad has many such structures and this one is of higher significance owing to the fact that the mandapa here has a unique form of construction, seen only in this region of Telangana. Locals worship the god here as per traditions and customs.

How to reach

Asifabad is located at a distance of nearly 119 km from the district headquarters of Adilabad and is easily accessible by road. Adilabad is situated nearly 305 km from the capital city of Telangana, Hyderabad. There are regular buses from Hyderabad to Adilabad.

2 Siva Temple wankidi wankidi l4th-16th C.A.D

Siva Temple

A three shrine temple complex facing east is located on the right bank of the Wankidi River in Wankidi village of Adilabad district, Telangana. The region here is well known here for housing some of the impressive structures in the region.

The temple consists of three shrines in a row with common rangamandapa and stepped pyramidal type 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 Kakatiya period (13th -14th century A.D), known for their legacy in building some of the impressive structures in Telangana region. This temple is built in typical Kakatiya style, with best imprint of architectural expertise.

How to reach

Wankidi, is located at a distance of 127 km from the district headquarters of Adilabad, close to Maharashtra border. Adilabad is situated nearly 305 km from the capital city of Telangana, Hyderabad. There are regular buses from Hyderabad to Adilabad.

3 Vaishnavite Temple Gangapur Asifabad 15th C.A.D

Vaishnavite Temple

This is 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. There are other small caves with the images of other gods. Above the cave there is a pyramidal shikara which has been constructed.

How to reach

Asifabad is located at a distance of nearly 119 km from the district headquarters of Adilabad and is easily accessible by road.

4 Neolithic Implements Pareshwar Asifabad 25th C.B.C
5 Wood Fossils Asifabad Asifabad 30th C.B.C
6 Hindu Temple (Lakshmi Narayana Temple) Jainad Jainad 17th C.A.D

Hindu temple (Lakshmi Narayana Temple)

The village Jainad is situated in Adilabad district of Telangana. The most important temple in the village is the shrine of Lakshminarayana. The temple depicts all the features of the Jain style of temple architecture and consequently the village was named Jainad. The temple has been constructed on a high adhistana facing east, consisting of garbhagriha, antarala and mandapa. Here, the Shikara over the garbha-griha was constructed with stone. The walls of the temple are constructed with large blocks of dressed stones. Lakshminarayana image is enshrined in the garbha-griha and is being worshipped by local people. Small shrines are located here, outside the main temple complex.

How to reach

Jainath village is located at a distance of nearly 22 km from Adilabad town.

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

Siva Temple

Gudihatnur village is home to Siva temple with a garbhagriha and antarala under a pillared mandapa. Nandhi is placed here in the centre of mandapa facing the god.

The Siva temple here is worshipped by locals with reverence given the significance of the temple with its historic legacy and how these were patronised by the dynasties which had once ruled this region.

One can experience the beauty of this shrine which is located in a rural hamlet with picturesque beauty all around them, highlighting the prominence of this region which had seen the glorious rule of ancient kingdoms.

How to reach

Boath mandal is situated at a distance of nearly 55 km from the district headquarters of Adilabad and is easily accessible by road. Adilabad is situated nearly 305 km from the capital city of Telangana, Hyderabad. There are regular buses from Hyderabad to Adilabad.

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 Kandli Bazarhathnoor 17th C.A.D

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 form of Varahamurthy carrying Bhudevi and Saivite dwarapalas carrying khatvanga, naga etc. in their hands are seen in the temple complex, dating back to Chalukyan period (10th -11th century A.D).

The temple earned the name of “Kadile Papahareshwar Temple”, since it is believed that the idol of lord Papahareshwar here slightly swings, hence it is called ‘Kadile’ and the name ‘Papahareshwara’ is because the God is believed to wipe off all sins. The temple has a prominent story, according to mythology where the great legend Parushuram considered one of the incarnation of God Vishnu, had performed penance as a repentance for his sins. Parashurama had then surrendered himself to Lord Papahareshwar after the slaughter of his mother’s head for getting rid of his sins and attaining salvation.

How to reach

Kadile Papahareshwar Temple is located nearly 6 km from Dilawarpur village close to Nirmal town in Adilabad district of Telangana state. Nirmal town is famous for its beautiful unique art and handcrafts. Nirmal is situated approximately 225 km from Hyderabad.

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 18th C.A.D

Gopaliji's Temple

Bhainsa village is home to a Chalukyan period temple. The region has witnessed the glory of various dynasties that have seen the imprint of the hallmark structures and other ancient ruins.

The temple located near Bhainsa, consists of garbhagriha, antarala and pillared mandapa that adorn the various directions of the temple. The central four pillars shows 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 considered to be a Shiva temple once, but now there is no presence of Sivalinga during the time of excavations. Currently it is known as Gopalji temple/Gopalkrishna mandir since the temple now has Krishna idol which is kept here in the garbhagriha and worshipped by the local people. The evidence of Chalukyan period has been a matter of immense interest to archaeologists who have explored the region.

How to reach

Bhainsa is situated at a distance of nearly 127 km from the district headquarters of Adilabad. Adilabad is situated nearly 305 km from the capital city of Telangana, Hyderabad.

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

Gnana Saraswathi Temple

Gnana Saraswathi at Basara, on the banks of Godavari River is located very close to Maharashtra border in the North Telangana region. . The Temple of Saraswati at Basara is one of the famous Saraswati temples in India, next to Kashmir.

Legend has it that Sage Vyasa, during his stay here, used to bring daily three handfuls of sand after a bath in river Godavari and kept it at a place, which transformed as the images of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Kali.

However, according to Brahmandapuranam, Adikavi Valmiki installed Saraswati and wrote Ramayana here. There is a marble image of Valmiki and his Samadhi near the temple. The image of Lakshmi is located beside Goddess Saraswati in the garbhagriha. Due to the presence of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Kali, Basara is considered as the abode of the Divine trinity.

The place derives its name from Vyasa and hence called Vasar or Basar (Basara in local dialect). It is believed to be among the three temples built close to the holy confluence of the Manjira and Godavari Rivers by the Ashtrakutas. Basar is also a popular temple for performing “Akshara Abhyasam” where children take part in this ceremonial event before they start formal school education.

How to reach

Basara is located at a distance of 210 km from the capital city of Hyderabad. The temple town is well accessible by road and rail.

21 Stone Circle Sirla Degaon Bhainsa 10th - 9th C.B.0
22 Fort Shamgadh Nirmal 17th - 18th C.A.D

Fort Shamgadh

There are 4 forts within a radius of 15 km from Nirmal town. Three small forts are nearby Nirmal town and the 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 or 18th Century AD by the Asaf Jahis’ of Hyderabad and local Chieftains.

This structure shows the importance given to defensive structures during the old dynasty rule, which dot the landscape of rural regions close to the Nirmal town in Adilabad district. Shamgadh region is quite known for the historic structures which served as strong forts in the past era.

The forts are locally named as Chatisghad, Batisghad, Syamghad & Sonaghad. There is a beautiful palace inside the town known as Sarath Mahal. These are basically military forts, strategically located on ancient trade route. The Nizam of Hyderabad had constructed these forts with the help of technical and engineering expertise of the French Generals. The expertise can be visible even to this day in the form of the structural strengths and other attributes of the impressive structure which is popular in the region.

How to reach

Shamgadh is located nearly 10 km from Nirmal, which is approximately 225 km from Hyderabad. Nirmal town of Adilabad district is accessible easily by road from Hyderabad.

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 C.A.D

Siva Temple

Hemedpanti temples (Siva temple) and koneru are the archaeological sites, which are located in Utnur village of Adilabad district, Telangana. The temple complex is home to Siva and Rama temples. There is also a Saibaba temple located in this complex.

How to reach

Utnur is located at a distance of nearly 53 kilometres from the district headquarters of Adilabad and approximately 310 km from Hyderabad and is accessible by road.

34 Fort & Idgah Utnur Utnur 17thC.A.D

Fort and Idgah

This is a late Qutub Shahi style (17th century A.D) historic structure with fortification walls and Idgah, which is located in the north-western outskirts of Utnur in Adilabad district. The Idgah here shows the influence of Islamic traditions, which thrived during the reign of Qutub Shahi dynasty which had ruled from Golconda, Hyderabad.

Adilabad was a prominent place in historical times which had the influence of Islamic architecture, especially those belonging to Qutb Shahi era. The fort and Idgah located close to Utnur are some of the symbols of the Qutb Shahi dynasty which had thrived in this region and are visible in the form of intricate structures that goes into the details of the fort. The ruins of the fort are strong to this day, showing the architectural strength of the forts built during dynasty rule.

How to reach

Utnur is located at a distance of nearly 53 kilometres from the district headquarters of Adilabad and approximately 310 km from Hyderabad and is accessible by road. There are buses available from Adilabad town to this destination.

35 Gandhari Kota Timmapur (Gandharikota) Mandamarri 17th C.A.D

Gandharikota

Gandharikota is situated in the reserve forest, about 4 km from Mancherial - Bellampally road in Adilabad district of Telangana. The fort was constructed connecting the four peaks of hillocks, locally known as Gandharigutta which is situated in between Jalagutta and Oragutta. Even today there is a relatively thick forest cover around the hillocks indicating that the fort was a Vanagiridurga (Hill fort situated amidst forest area) during its heyday. Such forts are considered to be of great importance in the era which has seen the glory of dynastic rule in this region, situated in the northern part of Telangana region.

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 some of the highlights of this fort.

The construction work of the fort was believed to have started early as Rastrakuta era and continued till 16th century A.D. It believed that Rajgonds had ruled this area. The ruins of the fort stand strong even to this day, showing the expertise of the rulers who had reigned here centuries ago.

How to reach

These hillocks are situated about 3km south west of Bokkalagutta hamlet that can be reached by a small motorable road from Mancherial - Bellampally road. There are buses available for travel to Mancherial and Bellampally from Adilabad.

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

Mahadev Temple

Mahadev (Siva) temple is located in the outskirts of Sadulpur village. The temple consists of garbhagriha and antarala with pillared mandapa which are some of the highlights of the temple that were patronized during the rule of dynasties in this region. The location of this temple in pristine surroundings adds an extra charm to the region.

The sikhara which forms the main backdrop for the temple is built in Nagara style surmounting with amalaka. The style of construction seen here shows the manner in which the carvings were used for showing the gods here, that also remains to this day. The locals worship Lord Siva here according to traditions and remains one of the key attractions of Bela mandal in Adilabad district of Telangana region.

How to reach

Sadulpur village is located at a distance of nearly 37 km from Adilabad and is accessible by road. Adilabad is situated nearly 305 km from the capital city of Telangana, Hyderabad. There are regular buses from Hyderabad to Adilabad.