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Thursday, March 5, 2009

ABOUT KOLANPAKA


It is located 6-km from Aler and 80-km from Hyderabad and 25 km from Yadagirigutta. it is a place of much historical importance. It was once a prosperous city covering an area of 93.24-km and the ruins of old fortifications can still be seen. It gained prominence when it was made the alternate capital of the Kalyani Chalukyas in the 11th century AD. Previously its called as Kolanupaka, Kottiyapaka, Kollihaka, Kollipaka, Bimbavatipuram, and Vyakhyananagaram also.

It is of great religious importance to the Jains as well as Shaivites (worshipers of Lord Shiva). It is famous for the 2,000-year-old Jain temple with its 1.5meters high image of Mahavira. It is the birthplace of 'Renukacharya', the great 'Veera Shaiva' saint, believed to be born from the 'Svayambaghu Linga' at this village and absorbed into it after preaching Veera Shaivam.

Shree Veeranarayana temple was built around 1104 AD, in Chalukyan style. Based on the architectural details it is considered that it was a Jain temple initially, which was later modified into a Vaishnava place of worship. Other temples at Kolanupaka are the 'Visveswara' or 'Vishveshwara', Hanuman, and 'Someshwara' or 'Someswara'. All these temples are rich in sculptural beauty.
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