Nagunur Fort Timings: 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM
The Nagunur Fort and temples are yet another evidence of the rich cultural and architectural heritage of Karimnagar. Some in the ruined stages and some in the renovated forms, these temples and other structures do display the skills of the ancient artisans and the devotion of the ancient rulers to construct the structures. The historic town of Naganur is located around 8 kms towards the north east from Karimnagar. One can find a group of ruined temples in Naganur dating back to the era of the Kalyani, Chalukyas and Kakatiyas. These temples are however believed to be built in 1200-1300 AD by the Kakatiyas. The temple had been so grand so as to have around 400 temples in it. This area of 400 temples justifies the name of the land, Nalugunovalu i.e.400. This name was later changed to Nagunur. The triple shrine temple of Lord Shiva is the biggest temple here. It attracts tourists and devotees alike. This temple is made of three shrines of Lord Shiva. The temple is made up of red stone and is placed on a raised pedestal or Upapitha. There are other parts of the temple that are quite fascinating as well. The frames of the doors are also sculptured with intricate designs. The sculptures are done with proper detailing and are pieces to be seen and understood. However there is a particular sculpture that finds place in more than one place. This sculpture is a good piece for study and research. This piece displays musicians playing various instruments around Gods and Goddesses. One can also see a clear sculpture of an artist playing the Mridangam.
The temple gives importance to directions. The main entrance of the temple faces north while the three shrines face the other three directions. The temple lies within the Nagunur Fort. The fort had been the seat of the Kakatiyas for ruling their kingdom. Its interiors had magnificent plans and echoed the voices all over. However, the fort now stands in ruins with no renovation and reconstruction being done.
Many more temples are in the similar state as those of the fort and other structures. These are mostly on the Telangana State highway from Karimnagar to Rayapatnam. There have been lots of administrative delays in carrying out the reconstruction of these temples.
The ruined temples still attract tourists due to the splendid motifs that are architectural marvels.
The Nagunur Fort and the temples are built with great architectural skills and with unique character.
Where to Stay:
There are plenty of guest houses in Karimnagar that provide accommodation at reasonable rates.
How to Reach:
The road network to Karimnagar is good. One can reach Karimnagar from Warangal, Nizamabad, Medak and other parts of the state.
Buses run privately or by the State Transport from Jubilee bus stop also are the means for reaching Karimnagar.
One may get down at Karimnagar and travel the remaining 8 kms to the fort by private car or auto rickshaw.
The nearest international airport is located at Hyderabad.
Nearest Railway Station:
Karimnagar railway station connects Karimnagar to major cities of Telangana.
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