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Monuments of Rangareddy

S.No Name of the Monument Village Mandal Period
1 Keesaragutta Site Keesara Keesara 7thC.A.D

Keesaragutta Site

Keesaragutta is an early historical site located near Hyderabad, in Ranga Reddy District. Keesaragutta is also home to an important Temple of historical importance in Rangareddy district, dedicated to Lord Shiva and it represents the historical significance of this district.

The department conducted excavations at this site and brought to light a number of brick Temples, cells and other structures encompassed by brick prakara wall, Vishnukundin coins, beads, stucco figures, garbhapatra, pottery, as well as Brahmin label inscriptions dating back to 4th – 5th Century A.D.

The historic excavations site here offers a lot of scope to understand the archeologically rich legacy of the Rangareddy district region.

On the top of one of the rock-cut caves, an early Telugu label inscription reading as ‘Thulachuvanru’ was noticed. On the basis of palaeography, the inscription is dated to 4th - 5th century A.D. Keesaragutta was once the capital city of Vishnukundin dynasty.

How to reach

Keesaragutta is located nearly 40 km from the district headquarters of Hyderabad and is well accessible by road.

2 Qutub Shahi Mosque Uppal kalan Uppal kalan 17th C.A.D

Qutub Shahi Mosque

The Mosque is situated in Uppal area of Hyderabad on the Warangal Road. This Mosque was built during reign of Abdulla Qutb Shah (1626 – 1672).

The Mosque has an arched façade of three Qutb Shahi arches in the front and is approached by a flight of steps.

The Arches are adorned by plain round medallions, which are supported by curved brackets. The Arches supports a domed ceiling with quenches. The dome stands on a polygonal base formed by crossing of arches. There is an arched gallery at parapet level of the mosque. The entire structure is made of granite stone.

This is an important mosque of historical importance in Rangareddy district and represents the historical significance of this district. The historic mosque offers a lot of scope to understand the rich legacy of the rulers who reigned in the Rangareddy district region.

How to reach

Uppal Kalan is located nearly 10 km from the centre of Hyderabad and is well accessible by road.

3 Hayat Bakshi Begum Mosque Hayathnagar Hayathnagar 17th C.A.D

Hayat Bakshi Begum Mosque

Hayat Bakhshi Begum Mosque and Sarai is located at Hayathnagar, east of Hyderabad on Hyderabad – Vijayawada National Highway.

Hayat Bakhshi Begum was the mother of Sultan Abdullah Qutub Shah. It is a fairly large Mosque with facade of five arches. Hence, the area is called as Hayathnagar named after Hayat Bakhshi Begum.

The Mosque was constructed during the reign of Abdullah Qutb Shah between 1626-1972 A.D. It has a large Carvan Sarai around and a vast courtyard of 150m x 130m.

This is an important mosque and sarai of historical importance in Rangareddy district and represents the historical significance of this district.

There is also a very large structure known as Hathi Bauli on the north-east side of the Mosque. There are sarai on the four sides of the mosque for travellers and traders. The historic structures here offer a lot of scope to understand the rich legacy of the Rangareddy district region.

How to reach

Hayathnagar is located nearly 30 km from the district headquarters of Hyderabad and is well accessible by road.

4 Sivalayam (The dance panels of Lord Siva & Parvathi) Yellakonda Nawabpet 11th-12th C.A.D

Sivalayam (The dance panels of Lord Siva & Parvathi)

This old Sivalayam is located in Yellakonda Village, Nawabpet Mandal in Ranga Reddy District.

The Temple is dedicated to lord Siva and was built during Kakatiya period consisting of Garbhagruha, Antarala and Mandapa enclosed by rectangular Kakshasana. The historic Temple offers a lot of scope to understand the rich legacy of the Kakatiya period in Rangareddy region.

The ceilings of mandapa are carved with Ashtadikpalakas. A beautiful seven hooded Nagini sculpture is kept in front of the Temple. This is an important Temple of historical importance in Rangareddy district and represents the historical significance of this district.

How to reach

Yellakonda Village is located nearly 57 km from the district headquarters of Hyderabad via Shankarpalli road and is well accessible by road.

5 Akkanna's Sarai (Big Sarai & well attributed to Akkanna) Maisaram Maheshwaram 16th-17th C.A.D

Akkanna's Sarai (Big Sarai & well attributed to Akkanna)

Akkana Sarai is a large monument situated on the eastern side of Maisaram (Maheswaram) village located on Hyderabad-Srisailam road.

The square shaped sarai is named after Akkana, a Senior Officer who had served during 1674 – 1686 in the Qutb Shahi Kingdom. This is an important sarai of historical importance in Rangareddy district and represents the historical significance of this district.

It is surrounded by a huge compound wall with built-in cubicles facing inner side of the compound, probably used as rest house. There is a palatial building situated in the middle. There is another pillared structured, probably used as meeting hall. The historic sarai offers a lot of scope to understand the rich legacy of the Rangareddy district region.

The compound wall consists of some cubicles near the gate, constructed on the outer side. A small Hindu Temple is also present on the first floor of the square Sarai enclosure.

How to reach

Akkana Sarai is located nearly 22 km from Hyderabad and is well accessible by road.

6 Monds Raymond's Oblisk (This is last resting place of Michel Jochim Maria) Moosarambagh Saroornagar 17th-18th C.A.D

Monds Raymond's Oblisk (This is last resting place of Michel Jochim Maria)

It is located at MoosaramBagh near Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad which has been named after him. This is the resting place of Michel Joachim Marie Raymond, the well known French adventurer, military commander and the Nizam’s confidant.

Raymond came to be revered as a saint by the Hindus as “MusaRam”, and the Muslims as “Musa Rahim”.

When he was just 20 years old, Marie Raymond landed in Pondicherry in 1775 A.D. to trade, like his father. When Pondicherry fell to the British in 1778 A.D., the young Frenchman became a soldier for fortune. He travelled to Mysore and joined the service of Hyder Ali, The Tiger Chief.

When Ali died in 1785 A.D. he joined the French Corps under Basalt Jung, the Nizam’s brother. Then, upon the disbandment of the Corps, Raymond entered the service of Nizam Ali Khan, the second Nizam of Hyderabad.

But at the height of his glory, Raymond died on March 25, 1798 A.D. when he was only 42. He became a legendary figure in the history of the Deccan region.

How to reach

MoosaramBagh is located nearly 6 km from the centre of Hyderabad and is well accessible by road.

7 Hasmathpet Cairns Hasmathpet Balanagar 10th C.B.C.

Hasmathpet cairns

Hasmathpet village is located near Secunderabad in Ranga Reddy District. These burials were first discovered and protected by the Department of Archaeology, Nizam Government.

This site was first noticed by Dr. Walker and later visited by Colonel Meadows Taylor, an eminent archaeologist. Subsequently, Dr. Bellow Caption Doris had excavated few burials and unearthed a brass bell and other pottery under the supervision of Sri. D. G. Meakenzie in 1934-35 with an aim to study the cultural aspects of the site and brought to light a cist burial with porthole.

In the year 1971 excavations were conducted by the department in collaboration with Birla Cultural and Archaeological Research Institute, Hyderabad at few burials and exposed cist burials along with megalithic cultural material.

Again in the year 2000-2001, the Department of Archaeology and Museums has conducted excavations at three burials and exposed cairn circles along with megalithic cultural material. These burials can be dated to 3rd Century B.C.

How to reach

Hasmathpet village is located at distance of 6 kms from Secunderabad in Ranga Reddy District and is well accessible by road.

8 Moula Ali Cairns & Cromlechs Moula Ali Malkajgiri 10th C.B.C
9 Bowinapalli Cairns Bowinapalli Bowinapalli 10th C.B.C.
10 Lingampalli Cairns Serilingampally Serilingampally 10th C.B.C

Lingampalli Cairns

The megalithic burials are located in the premises of University of Hyderabad, Gachibowli, Ranga Reddy District.

This site was protected by the Nizam Government and later by the department of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Andhra Pradesh until June 2, 2014 and it is now currently under the department of Archaeology and Museums, Telangana.

The historic megalithic burials offer a lot of scope to understand the rich legacy of the Rangareddy district region.

This is an important megalithic burials site of historical importance in Rangareddy district and represents the significance of this district.

The site was first reported by D.G. Machenzi in the year 1935. The department of Archaeology has conducted excavations at this site and exposed cairn burial with huge menhir and brought to light megalithic cultural material.

How to reach

University of Hyderabad at Gachibowli is located nearly 22 km from the district headquarters of Hyderabad and is well accessible by road.

11 Megalithic Burials Kukatpalli Kukatpalli 10th C.B.C
12 Megalithic Burials Gurramguda Saroornagar 10th C.B.C
13 Akkanna Madanna's Temple (Hindu Temple constructed by Golconda Ministers) Kukatpalli Kukatpalli 18th C.A.D
14 Grave & Mosque of Princess Hussaina Begum (VII Kings daughter) Janwada Chevella 18th C.A.D

Grave & Mosque of Princess Hussaina Begum (VII Kings daughter)

Janwada village is located in Chevella mandal of Ranga Reddy district. A grave and mosque was constructed here in the memory of princess Hussaina Begum, the daughter of Abdullah Qutd Shah VI.

The historic mosque offers a lot of scope to understand the rich legacy of the rulers who reigned in the Rangareddy district region.

There is also a mosque constructed in the village. The mosque is constructed on an elevated square platform with minarets and parapet wall and a façade in typical Qutub Shahi style of architecture.

Interior portion of the mosque is decorated with stuccowork. This is an important mosque of historical importance in Rangareddy district and represents the historical significance of this district.

How to reach

Chevella Mandal is located nearly 50 km from the district headquarters of Hyderabad and is well accessible by road.

15 Megalithic Burials Gundala Chevella 10th C.B.C

Megalithic burials

Mega means huge and Lithos means stone, the burials arranged with huge stones are called “Megalithic burials”.

Hundreds of Megalithic burial sites were explored and reported in Telangana state. One such type of burial complex is located in Gundala village, Chevella mandal in Ranga Reddy District.

The site is spread in an area about 10 acres consisting 50 burials of cairn circles of different dimensions.

This is an important Megalithic burial site of historical importance in Rangareddy district and represents the historical significance of this district. The historic Megalithic burial site offers a lot of scope to understand the rich legacy of the Rangareddy district region.

The ruins of this Megalithic burial site in Chevella mandal of Rangareddy district is of archaeological significance and they represent the various methods used in preparing burials during that era.

How to reach

Gundala village of Chevella Mandal is located nearly 35 km from the district headquarters of Hyderabad and is well accessible by road.

16 Megalithic Burials Kethireddypally Chevella 10th C.B.C

Megalithic burials

Mega means huge and Lithos means stone, the burials arranged with huge stones are called “Megalithic burials”. Another Megalithic burial complex was explored and located in Kethireddypally village, Chevella mandal of Ranga Reddy District.

There are 60 cairn circles of different dimensions spread in an area of 60 acres.

This is an important Megalithic burial site of historical importance in Rangareddy district and represents the historical significance of this district.

The historic Megalithic burial site offers a lot of scope to understand the rich legacy of the Rangareddy district region.

The ruins of this Megalithic burial site in Chevella mandal of Rangareddy district is of archaeological significance and they represent the various methods used in preparing burials during that era.

How to reach

Kethireddypally village of Chevella Mandal is located nearly 30 km from the district headquarters of Hyderabad and is well accessible by road.

17 Artifacts (Neolithic site) Tolukatta Charminar 25th C.B.C
18 Megalithic Burials Shapur Chevella 10th C.B.C
19 Fortification & Baradari Malkajgiri Malkajgiri 16th C.A.D.

Fortification & Baradari

Fortification and Baradari is located in Malkajgiri, Ranga Reddy District. This fortified land belonged to the second Nizam, Mr. Nizam Ali Khan.

It was named as Bagh-e-Mahooba Begum (garden of the darling wife.) It has a building (mahal) named as Baradari. This was a gift to his Begum Mahal Gabai. Nizam II had reportedly stayed with Begum Sahiba on every Friday, when he visited the nearby mosque Maula Ali for his afternoon prayers.

The complex has two gates, one in the form of an elephant or a horse ridden chariot. The area also features a fountain, a large well with bathing facilities for the Zenana and side lawns opposite the baradari. This is an important Baradari of historical importance in Rangareddy district and represents the historical significance of this district.

The multi-foliated arches and the glutted coupled columns built in the Qutb Shahi and Mughal style are features that can still be observed in the remains of the baradari. In front of the baradari, there is a water channel. The well near the baradari was in use until recently.

How to reach

Malkajgiri is located nearly 10 km from the centre of Hyderabad and is well accessible by road.

20 Shams-Ul-Umra Tombs Santosh nagar Cly Hyderabad 18th C.A.D

Shams-ul-umra Tombs

Shams-ul-umra Tombs is located in Phisal Banda, near Santosh Nagar. The site is known as the Paigah Tombs, as this is the burial ground of the members of the famous Paigah family of the Asaf Jahi period.

The entry to the complex is through the Naubatkhana- a traditional doorway. Inside the tomb complex there is a beautiful mosque with a tank and a store house.

In the courtyard of the mosque there are a number of tombs – the tombs of the top-ranking nobility of Hyderabad. The structure of this mosque displays a mix of the Qutb Shahi and the Asaf Jahi architectural features wherein the main facade has three pointed arches and two minars.

The presence of a mosque in the tomb complex is a deviation from tradition; not only does the site provide a place for people to pray but also for their prayers to resonate over the graves of the 27 members of the Paigah family buried in them.

The main feature of these tombs is their jaalis which, although made in lime, appear like the ones made of marble in the Mughal architecture.

The multi-cusped arches and their springing points stand on the lotus centre with fluted shafts; which creates a long isle infront of the main tomb complex. Perpendicular to this nave, there are wooden doors enframed – typical of a bangladar pavilion style canopy and this is a unique architectural feature of this complex. The two panelled doors, done in wood, are richly ornamented with wooden jaali; they act like a screen, for the graves of the great Paigah family.

How to reach

Shams-ul-umra Tombs at Phisal Banda, near Santosh Nagar is located nearly 12 km from the centre of Hyderabad in Old city and is well accessible by road.

21 Sri Chennakesava Swamy Temple Nedunuru Kandukur 18th C.A.D

Sri Chennakesava swamy Temple

Sri Chennakesava swamy Temple and Sivalayam are located in Nedunuru (V), Kandukur (M), Ranga Reddy District near Hyderabad.

Sri Chennakesava swamy Temple which is facing east has a garbhagriha and a mukha mandapa supported by ‘9’ pillars. This is an important Temple of historical importance in Rangareddy district and represents the historical significance of this district.

There is a small Garudalaya and Dwajastambha next to mukhamandapa. Sivalayam is located to the left of Chennakesava Swamy Temple. The ruins of this Temple in Rangareddy district are of archaeological significance and they represent the various methods used in construction during that era.

A Ganesh idol is seen on the south-west corner of the garbhalaya. The Temple is datable to the 13th Century A.D. representing the Kakatiya era features. The Temples were renovated during the 18th Century A.D. These Temples are enclosed by a prakara wall.

How to reach

Nedunuru Village is located nearly 40 km from the district headquarters of Hyderabad and is well accessible by road.

22 Sri Vendikonda Siddheswara Swamy Temple Shamshabad Shamshabad 13th C.A.D

Sri Vendikonda Siddheswara swamy Temple

Sri Vendikonda Siddeswara Swamy Temple is located in Shamshabad village and Mandal in Ranga Reddy District near Hyderabad. The Temple is located on the terrace of a hill and is dedicated to Lord Siva. There are two subsidiary shrines namely Ammavari Temple and Bhavani Matha Temple which are connected by a mahamandapa supported by 32 pillars.

In the Temple complex, there are also other Temples dedicated to Vinayaka, Anjaneya and Siva located on either side of the complex. There is a step well called “Gundam” with perennial water. In front of the gundam (water tank) a Sivalinga and Nandi datable to the 7th century A.D are installed. There are two pillars inside the mahamandapa in typical Rastrakuta style datable to the 8th century A.D.

The main structure of the mosque is sandwiched between two massive octagonal columns made out of a single piece of granite. The four sides of the roof of the main mosque and the ramparts are made of granite planks in the shape of inverted conches. In the Siva Temple and Ammavari Temple, Sivalinga and Parvati datable to the 10th Century A.D are installed. The Kalyana mandapam and Anjaneya Swamy Temple located on the left side of the complex are datable to the Kakatiya period.

The Ganesha image in the Vinayaka Temple is in seated posture and is in typical Kakatiya style datable to the 13th Century A.D.

How to reach

Shamshabad village is located nearly 30 km from the district headquarters of Hyderabad and is well accessible by road.

23 Sri Cheekati Venkateswara Swamy Temple Pulimamidi Kandukuru 18th C.A.D

Sri Cheekati Venkateswara swamy Temple

Sri Cheekati Venkateswara Swamy Temple is situated in Pulimamidi village, Kandukur mandal, Ranga Reddy district. This is an important Temple of historical importance in Rangareddy district and represents the historical significance of this district.

The Temple is facing east, has a cellar i.e. underground marbhagriha and a mukha mandapa connected with stair case and small ardhamandapa.

The cellar is of sandra type (closed). There is a passage leading to another small cave. The ceiling is decorated with massive carved pillars of post Vijayanagara style. The historic Temple offers a lot of scope to understand the rich legacy of the Rangareddy district region. Locals throng this Temple in Rangareddy district during festival occasions.

The main entrance door jambs are plain but deep kostas are seen on either side of it. On the basis of Architectural features, the Temple is datable to 18th century A.D.

How to reach

Pulimamidi Village is located nearly 42 km from the district headquarters of Hyderabad and is well accessible by road via Srisailam highway.

24 Sri Laxmi Narasimha Swamy Temple Jammaiaah Gudem Gutta, (Raviryala) Maheshwaram 17th C.A.D

Sri Laxmi Narasimha swamy Temple

Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple in Jammaiaah gudem gutta, Raviryal (V), Maheswaram (M), Ranga Reddy District is one of the ancient Temple sites in Ranga Reddy District.

Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple is constructed here on a hillock and it is facing east. It has a Garbhagriha and a Mukhamandapa supported by 16 pillars with flat roof and newly constructed parapet wall.

The main idol Lakshmi Narasimha is carved in Black Granite and installed on a pedestal. It is in seated posture with four hands Sankha – Chakra in upper two hands while the lower two hands are in Abhaya and Varada postures. The left leg is folded and right leg is kept free, Sri Narasimha is in Zoomorphic form having Kirita and depicted with other ornaments and over his head a five headed Naga is carved.

On the doorjambs of the Garbhagriha, Vaisnavite Dwarapalas are carved. On the lintel portion of the doorjamb, decoration of festoons and depiction of devotee in Anjali pose is carved. On either side of the Garbhagriha two cells with common mandapa supported by 6 pillars are constructed. The sikhara of the Temple is of Dravidian order. It is decorated with Bitti-Kudu series.

The Temple has two entrances where the one main entrance facing east can be reached by flight of stair cases from below. There is another stepped stair case on the southern side. The entrance of this stair case is with a gateway depicted with an arch like design lintel and two inches are seen on either side of the entrance.

A ‘16’ pillared Mandapa on the right side of the main Temple was constructed separately with toped cornice over which the parapet wall is seen. Pillars are in plan up to the capital portion and topped by Nagabanda motif supporting the cornice. On the left side of the mandapa, Dasanjaneya sculpture of Hanuman is depicted in Anjali mudra facing to his left. The tail of the Hanuman is carved over the head. On the basis of the Architectural features the Temple is datable to 13th Century A.D.

How to reach

Raviryal village is located nearly 30 km from the district headquarters of Hyderabad and is well accessible by road.

25 Mah Laqa Bai Tombs Complex Malkajgiri Malkajgiri 17th C.A.D

Mah Laqa Bai Tombs Complex

Mah Laqa Bai Tombs Complex is located near Moula Ali hamlet of Malkajgiri in Ranga Reddy District.

Mah Laqa Bai was born in the year 1768. She was also called as Mah Laqa Chanda. She was an 18th century Urdu Poetess and considered influential in the court of 2nd and 3rd Nizam of Hyderabad. She died in the year 1824 and her tomb was constructed at Moula Ali.

Mah Laqa constructed a wall compound where she frequently held mushairas. Inside this compound she had built a Tomb for her Mother in 1792.

After her death, Mah Laqa was buried next to her mother. The Tomb was constructed in typical Mughal and Rajasthani architectural style in the Char Bagh pattern.

On a carved teak wood door of her Tomb an inscription in Urdu is inscribed. Along with the Tomb, the complex contains the pavilion in the centre which is decorated with stuccowork followed by the sarai, a mosque and two step wells.

How to reach

Malkajgiri is located nearly 10 km from the centre of Hyderabad and is well accessible by road.

26 Sri Ananta Padmanabha Swamy Sculpture Devarampally Chevella

Sri Ananta padmanabha swamy sculpture

The idol of Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Sculpture in Devarampally is carved in black granite stone measuring (2.20mts x1.00 mts).

The figure of Anantha Padmanabha here is carved on a boulder. A 32 hooded snake behind him is also beautifully carved. The upper right hand is kept below his head and the lower right hand is kept near his chest. This is an important sculpture of historical importance in Rangareddy district and represents the historical significance of this district. Locals throng this sculpture in Rangareddy district during festival occasions.

The upper left hand is holding Sankha while the lower left hand is kept on the folded left leg. Sri Brahma is seen seated on a lotus which is raised from the navel of Anantha Padmanabha. His consorts Sri Devi and Bhu Devi are carved at his feet portion.

Above the main deity, Sankha, Chakra and devotees images are also carved. On the basis of the iconographical features, this sculpture dates back to 12th -13th Century A.D.

How to reach

Devarampally Village is located nearly 45 km from the district headquarters of Hyderabad and is well accessible by road.