Built by the great Kakatiya kings, Hanumakonda's Padmakshi Temple is one of the oldest temples in Warangal, Andhra Pradesh, India.
The areas in and around Hanumakonda, Warangal were the power seat of the great Kakatiya rulers for few centuries. During their glorious reign, the kings built so many temples dedicated to the great Hindu gods. To name a few temples built by the Kakatiya kings are the Thousand Pillar Temple, Swayambhu Temple, Ramappa Temple, Sidheshwara Temple and the Padmakshi Temple. Their main aim was to bring the spiritual consciousness in the lives of people for the many generations to come. Their vision is still alive and flourishing and the history of our Mother India is visible all over in the form of these magnificent temples.
The history of this temple dates back to the 12th century when it was constructed during the first quarter of the century. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Padmakshi who is fondly referred as "Amma" by locals. The word Amma means mother in Telugu. And the Goddess Padmakshi is considered as the Mother of Mothers. The Padmakshiamma resides on the top of a Gutta (hill).
The main attraction of this temple is the wonderful pillar called the Annakonda Pillar. It is a splendid quadrangular column made of black granite stone, and finds place at the entrance of the temple. The four faces of this stunning pillar are impressive and marvelous.