Recently, a 390-year-old Deepastambham (lamp post) was discovered on the banks of the River Krishna’s edge in Nalgonda district, Telangana.

About Deepastambham (Lamp Post):

  • It is situated in Mudimanikyam village in the Nalgonda district of Telangana.
  • It is equipped with hollows crafted for lamps and designed with multi-lingual inscriptions.
  • The inscription on the Deepastambham is a blend of Telugu and Tamil languages and dates back to June 1635.
  • It is dedicated to Kasi Viswanatha, adding religious and cultural significance to its historical importance.
  • Beyond its religious ties, it is believed to have played a practical role as a lighthouse along the riverine trade route which contributed to the establishment of trade connections during the early medieval period.
  • Such structures are uncommon in the Deccan region but are prevalent in temples along the west coast, particularly in Goa.


  • Nalgonda District: It is near Hyderabad which is ruled by Qutb Shahi rulers mentioned by European travelers, including Tavernier, highlighting the significance of riverine trade routes alongside land trade.

Krishna River:

  • Origin: Mahabaleshwar (Western Ghats), Satara district, Maharashtra.
  • Flowing area: It flows through the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana.
  • Tributaries: Ghataprabha, Malaprabha, Bhima, Tungabhadra, and Musi.

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