An inscription at the temple premises reads that the temple of Ramappa was built on behalf of the king, Kakati Ganapathi Deva by his chief commander Rechrla Rudraih at a place called Ranakude in Atukuru province.

The inscription conveys that there were three temples Kateswara, Kameswara and Rudreswara all dedicated to their chief deity Shiva. Today, except for the main edifice of Rudreswara which is more or less intact, the other two shrines are in a totally ruined state.


The Kakatiya kings reigned over Andhra Pradesh for about 200 years between the 10th and 12th centuries AD. They were great builders and patrons of art.The Ramappa temple is a superb example of their love for art, architecture, music and dance.

The Kakatiya kings took Vira Saivam which means militant faith in Shiva and built many richly carved temples of Shiva at Warangal, Hanumakonda, Pillalamarri, Palampeta, Nagupad and Kolanupaka. During their rule of three- and-a-half centuries, the times of Prola Ganapathy and Rudrama are the most prolific in terms of cultural contribution. The medieval art and architecture is represented by temples remarkable for richness and finish of appearance.

Kakati Ganapati Deva was a great patron of art and learning and Ramappa temple was his best contribution to the world of South Indian temple architecture.

There was a major earthquake during the 17th century which shook the Ramappa temple and the other nearby temples.