Sunday, January 02, 2011

The Kakatiyas of Warangal

Early last month, I visited villages in Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh to observe social audits. I sneaked in a visit to the remains of the Kakatiya dynasty fort too.

My impression of the monument is kinda mixed. While the Kakatiyas are the second most popular dynasty from this region (Eastern Chalukyas beat them to the podium), there doesn't seem to be much left from their rule. This is sad considering they ruled as recently as 700 years ago.

Whatever that is left and currently made into a monument by the ASI does give a clue to their once impressive city. But I think the ASI has done a rather mediocre job of coming up with the memorial. Or perhaps this is the best they could do. I really doubt if the four thoranam's (famous warangal arches) were not in the cardinal directions. Somebody pls enlighten me on this. Me being too busy to lookup :-)