The Deccan famous for its rock formations.  Rachakonda is a not-very-well-known forest area.  Besides the lush jungles and gorgeous rock formations, this area also houses the famous Rachakonda Fort.

This fort was built by the Recherla Padma Nayaka dynasty, chiefs of the Kakatiya army since the 12th Century AD – from Rudra Deva’s time and until the death of Pratapa Rudra.  It has a temple dedicated to Sarala Maisamma.  There are around 20 ancient temples and other interesting structures constructed by Rachakonda rulers.  The temples, the boundary wall on the hill and other structures were built in Cyclopean Masonry style (without using  materials like cement) and the whole fort  is devoid  of use of mortar.

Temples at  Rachakonda Fort

A shiva lingam ramalingeshwara swamy a famous temple and the temples constructed here almost Lord Siva with a Ramar temple, Hanuman idol and natural pond,munmandabam temple, Veerabhadra Swamy temple were situated here with sankella bai


Kondane Cave Art


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An accidental discovery by a team from The Deccan college, Maharashtra state archaeology department and  Talreja College revealed some 40 rock paintings in the Kondane caves in Rajgarh district in Maharashtra.  The images were in both natural caves and man-made caves.  The man-made caves feature Buddhist architecture such as Chaitya – prayer hall and a monastery.  The Buddhist rock cut architecture found in these caves belongs to Hinayana phase of Buddhism.  The discovery is very important as Maharashtra was absent on the rock art map of India before the discovery of several rock art sides in Vidarbha regions in 2003.

A hunter standing poised with a bow and arrow with foot prints and some trees, a striking image of a mythical figure or demon and other paintings reflecting every day life and occupations such as hunting are some of the paintings which could be seen in the corners and ceilings of the caves in red and black hues.

The style and articulation of these paintings suggest that they have been drawn during the late historical period of second century BC onwards.