Padmakshi Temple, Warangal

About Padmakshi Temple Information-Warangal

Padmakshi temple is one of the very old temples in the town of Hanumakonda. Built during the Kakatiyan Era, the place was originally a Jain temple or ‘Badasi’. It can be known from the rich sculpture of the Jain Tirthankaras (in Jainism, a spiritual person is addressed as Tirthankaras) and other Jain Gods, found here. The temple stands on the top of a hill in the centre of the town and is one of the historic sites of Hanumakonda.

Today, the temple is almost ignored and is inaccessible due to the growth of wild thorny bushes on its way. Only time the temple is busy, is once in a year when hundreds of women congregate to celebrate the festival of Bathukamma in honour of Goddess Gauri. Bathukamma is a festival celebrated mostly in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh. During this festival, small pots are decorated with sacred colours - red and yellow and flowers like marigold are put into it. These pots are kept at one place in the centre and women sing and dance around it. Towards the end of the day, these flowers are immersed into the pond that is situated at the foot of the hill near the temple.

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