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Palampet near Warangal in Deccan is home to brilliant Kakatiya art as seen in the Ramappa temple, that is near the ancient engineering marvel that is the 13th century Ramappa tank.  Palampet is located at a distance of 77 km from Warangal, the ancient capital of the Kakatiyas. In Warangal, is the Kakatiya achievement of the 1000 pillared Hanumakonda temple.

An inscription in the temple dates it to the year 1213, during the period of the Kakatiya ruler Ganapati Deva. This inscription mentions three shrines to Rudreswara, Kateswara and Kameswara, of which the latter two are in ruins.

The Ramappa temple stands on a 6 feet high platform on a cruciform plan. The sanctum is crowned with a shikhara and is surrounded by a pradakshinapatha. There are many subshrines within the temple. The entire temple complex is enclosed in a compound wall.

At the entrance to the temple is a ruined Nandi mandapam, with an imposing 9 feet high Nandi still  intact. The Shivalingam in the sanctum also rises to a height of 9 feet.

The temple itself is a work of art. The east facing sanctum is surrounded with pilasters crowned with Dravidian and Nagara shikharas in an alternating fashion. There is an additional entrance from the north also leading to the Navaranga mandapa in front of the sanctum. The ceiling is divided into compartments by columns from the bottom, and is carved with intricate patterns.

There is a profusion of carvings in this temple on dark rock with a smooth finish, portraying an amazing range of themes from the puranas and elsewhere.

Maha Shivaratri is celebrated for a three day period in this temple.  

The ancient Ramappa tank dating back to the period of Kakatiyas is a well conceived one where an earthen dam, about 2000 feet long connects a semi cicrular chain of hills to form a lake.