Sunday, October 11, 2009

Gateway at Warangal

Photograph of a gateway at Warangal in Andhra Pradesh, taken by Hooper, Willoughby Wallace Hooper in c.1870, from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Bombay Presidency. William Lee Warner C.S.'
Warangal was the capital of the Kakatiya rulers in the 12th-13th centuries and together with Hanamkonda nearby, they were important political and artistic centres of the eastern Deccan. The circular city Warangal was founded in the 12th century by the Kakatiya ruler Ganapatideva and was occupied by the Muslims in later times. There are two concentric circles of fortifications. The outer circuit is an earthern rampart entered through four arched gateways. The inner circuit is of granite and has four gateways in the centre of each side. This view shows a massive trabeate temple gateway standing in a field.