With beautiful gateways, intricate geometrical detailing and stunning carvings, the Warangal Fort stands as a fine example of the grandeur of the architectural styles of southern India. Spread over a large area, the fort is bordered by a 20-ft-high mud wall. It has four elegantly carved gateways, which are about 30 ft high. Built on the pattern of Sanchi sculptures, these gateways are known as Hamsa Torana. It is said these gateways led to a huge Shiva temple that once stood here.

Every gateway is made of four pillars, which are carved out of a single rock. The beautiful carvings on them are quite enchanting and depict Lord Vishnu being carried by his divine mount Garuda. In fact, this ornamentation is now the state emblem of Telangana. The Warangal Fort was built in the 12th century during the reign of the Kakatiya dynasty, that ruled from the 12th to the 14th centuries. The construction of the fort began under the rule of king Ganapatideva, who shifted his capital to Warangal from Hanamkonda. The fort is an important landmark of Warangal and is visited by thousands of tourists every year. Since it was invaded several times, parts of it are in ruins but still echo with tales of bravery and valour.

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