The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is planning to start reconstruction of a 1000 pillared hall of a Kakatiya temple dedicated to Shiva build in 1163 A.D. by King Rudra Deva as its foundation was sinking.
Using Sthapathis (temple architects) from Tamil Nadu, the ASI dismantled the whole hall in an organized and scientific manner to reconstruct the hall and make it fit for human use in about 2 years.
The Kakatiya Dynasty was the successor of Eastern Chalukyas based in Vengi who collapsed on the decline of their overlords the Cholas in the South. Thousand-pillared halls are unique features of several South Indian temples which showcased the architectural mastery, science, and art that went into each temple. Usually, each pillar had its own art and were not glued together by any form of mortar but are inter-locked to distribute the weight and often with minimal foundation. In fact, the largest temple in the world, the
Brihadeshwara Temple has a foundation of a few feet but the Vimanam is constructed using well balanced and symmetrical granite stone blocks.
Like thousands of ancient Hindu temples in Tamil Nadu, the Warangal temple had survived centuries of wars, neglect, and natural calamities. Considered a national monument, like most temples in India, this temple is heavily used for prayer, community celebrations, and students to study in. Unfortunately, most temples in India are poorly managed, and their ancestral property usurped by politicians and political goons often with the full protection and connivance of the Government. In Tamil Nadu, temples dating back thousands of years have been swindled out of thousands of acres of land and several tons of gold and silver by politicians in the last 20 years. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), the present ruler of Tamil Nadu, is notorious for these activities.