Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Naktichadeul Temple, Karjat, Maharashtra

Naktichadeul Temple, Karjat, Maharashtra

Naktichadeul Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Karjat Town in Karjat Taluk in Ahmednagar District in Maharashtra, India. The temple is believed to have been built in 13th century CE. The temple is protected as monuments of national importance by the central Archaeological Survey of India.



The Temple

This temple is facing towards east. Nandi can be found in a mandapa in front of the temple facing towards the sanctum. The temple consists of sanctum, antrala, maha mandapa and mukha mandapa. The pillars of the maha mandapa are profusely carved. The sanctum enshrines a Shiva Linga. The exterior of the sanctum and the maha mandapa are plain and devoid of any decorations. The parapet walls of the mukha mandapa are decorated sculptures. There is a small shrine with a Shiva Linga in its sanctum situated to the south east of the main shrine within the temple premises.

Connectivity

The temple is located at about 500 metres from Karjat Bus Stand, 17 Kms from Rashin, 22 Kms from Mirajgaon, 35 Kms from Jinti Road Railway Station, 42 Kms from Jamkhed, 58 Kms from Daund Junction Railway Station, 70 Kms from Ahmednagar, 142 Kms from Pune and 142 Kms from Pune Airport. The temple is situated on Rashin to Mirajgaon route.

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Boreshwar Temple, Dulhagan, Madhya Pradesh

Boreshwar Temple, Dulhagan, Madhya Pradesh

Boreshwar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Dulhagan Village in Ater Tehsil in Bhind District in Madhya Pradesh, India. The temple is one of the state protected monuments in Madhya Pradesh declared by Archaeological Survey of India.


History

The temple is believed to be built in 10 th century CE by the Gurjara Pratihara dynasty. The temple had been extensively renovated in 15th century CE as per the inscription available in the temple.

The Temple

This temple is facing towards east and stands over an octagonal platform. The temple consists of sanctum and mukha mandapa. Nandi can be found in front of the mukha mandapa facing towards the sanctum. The doorjambs of the sanctum are carved with images of river goddesses Ganga and Yamuna and amorous couples. The sanctum enshrines the presiding deity, Boreshwar in the form of Shiva Linga. There is a tall shikara over the sanctum.


Connectivity

The temple is located at about 14 Kms from Bhind Railway Station, 17 Kms from Bhind, 18 Kms from Bhind Bus Stand, 19 Kms from Ater, 37 Kms from Etawah, 87 Kms from Gwalior Airport and 94 Kms from Gwalior. The temple is situated at about 5 Kms from Para Government High School on Bhind to Ater route.

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Gramesvara Temple, Nibharan, Odisha

Gramesvara Temple, Nibharan, Odisha

Gramesvara Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Nibharan Village in Niali Block in Cuttack District in Odisha, India. The temple is considered as one of the Ashta Sambhu temples of the Prachi valley. The temple is situated on the left bank of the Prachi river.

History

The temple was constructed in 10th century CE by Somavamsis. The temple is a protected monument maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India, Bhubaneswar Circle.

The Temple

This temple is facing towards east and stands over a low platform. The temple consists of a pidha vimana, a pidha jagamohana and a rectangular mandapa. Both the vimana & jagamohana are panchangabada in elevation whereas the vimana is pancharatha and the jagamohana is triratha on plan. The vimana is square on plan. The mandapa is flat roofed. The sanctum enshrines the presiding deity, Gramesvara, in the form of Shiva Linga within a square yonipitha. The exterior is devoid of any decorations.

Vishnu Shrine:

This shrine is situated on the north-west corner of the Gramesvara temple. This shrine is facing towards east and stands over a low raised platform. It consists of a pidha vimana and a shallow frontal porch. The shrine is square on plan. The vimana is pancharatha on plan and triangabada in elevation. The sanctum enshrines an image of Lord Vishnu. The exterior is devoid of any decoration except the images of various forms of Vishnu in the parsvadevta niches.

Festivals

Shivarathri, Sankranti, Rudrabhiseka and Jalabhiseka are the festivals celebrated here.

Connectivity

The temple is located at about 3 Kms from Nua Hata, 11 Kms from Chari Chhak, 17 Kms from Astaranga, 22 Kms from Niali, 57 Kms from Bhubaneswar Airport, 57 Kms from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, 61 Kms from Bhubaneswar and 66 Kms from Cuttack. The temple is situated at about 3 Kms from Nua Hata on Niali to Astaranga route.

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Godhaneswar Temple, Godhaneswar, Odisha

Godhaneswar Temple, Godhaneswar, Odisha

Godhaneswar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Godhaneswar Village in Subalaya Block in Subarnapur District in Odisha, India. Godhaneswar means Lord of Cows. The temple is situated on the left bank of Mahanadi river.


The Temple

This temple is facing towards east. The temple consists of pidha vimana, antrala and sabha mandapa. The sanctum is square on plan. The sanctum enshrines the presiding deity Godhaneswar in the form of Shiva Linga.  Odisha has totally six Naga images in their  theriomorphic form. One such Naga image can be seen in this temple. The image is about 3 feet tall.

Festivals

Kartik Purnima is the famous festival celebrated here with much fanfare.

Connectivity

The temple is located at about 1 Km from Dumuri Chowk Bus Stop, 6 Kms from Subalaya, 11 Kms from Birmaharajpur, 29 Kms from Sonepur, 50 Kms from Bamur Railway Station, 238 Kms from Bhubaneswar and 244 Kms from Bhubaneswar Airport. The temple is situated on Subalaya to Birmaharajpur route.

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Biranchi Narayan Temple, Palia, Odisha

Biranchi Narayan Temple, Palia, Odisha

Biranchi Narayan Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Surya located in Palia Village in Bhadrak District in Odisha, India. This temple is considered as one of famous Surya Temples in Odisha. The temple is situated on the banks of Salandi river.


History

The temple is believed to be built in 10th century CE by the Somavamsis. The temple is extensively renovated in the early 20th century CE by a local zamindar. The Odisha state archaeology constructed a shed for housing the ancient sculptures in 1993. The temple is a protected monument of Odisha State Archaeology.

The Temple

This temple is facing towards east and stands over a raised platform. The platform is decorated with crudely carved wheels on its sides, imitating the chariot of Surya, suggesting influence from the Sun temple at Konark. The temple consists of rekha vimana and shall entrance porches on all four sides. The sanctum enshrines a four faced image of Biranchi Narayan / Surya.


A square stone slightly tapering towards the top contains four carved images of the Sun god in relief, on the four sides of a slab. The figures hold two lotuses in two hands and are depicted standing on chariots drawn by seven horses. The sanctum also enshrines images of ten armed Mahishasura Mardini, Ananta Sayana and Krishna Govardana. The two door jambs of the eastern door probably belonged to an ancient Shiva temple and were reused in the present temple during a renovation.


The sculptures and carvings of the two door jambs bear a close resemblance to the Shiva temples of Bhubaneswar and Khiching of the 10th CE. The dvarapalas are also belonged to an ancient temple but later shifted to this temple. The images are best preserved specimen. The dvarapalas twist their body and rest on an uplifted foot on the blade of an axe while one arm crosses the body to rest on the handle of the weapon. This is a rare Odishan pose which appears only in a few temples.


The exterior is devoid of any decoration except vidala, alasa kanya and deities. The rahas have been converted into doors spanned by cusped arches with makaras at the sides and a kirtimukha at the apex surmounted by a small mastaka consisting of a ghanta, amalaka and kalasa, all devoid of ornamentation. The face of the arch is relieved with scroll work consisting of floral rosettes framed by a meandering vine and decorated with a few hamsas.

Festivals

Ratha Saptami (Magha Saptami) and Samba Dashami are the famous festivals celebrated here.

Connectivity

The temple is located at about 16 Kms from Bhadrak Bus Stand, 16 Kms from Bhadrak Railway Station, 17 Kms from Bhadrak, 40 Kms from Chandbali, 72 Kms from Balasore, 121 Kms from Cuttack, 144 Kms form Bhubaneswar and 148 Kms from Bhubaneswar Airport. The temple is situated on Bhadrak to Chandbali route. Buses and Taxis are available from Bhadrak to reach this temple.

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Viswanath Temple, Gadakalupada, Odisha

Viswanath Temple, Gadakalupada, Odisha

Viswanath Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Gadakalupada Village in Delanga Block in Puri District in Odisha, India. This temple is situated on the top of the Viswanatha Hill (locally known as Biswanath Mundia). The temple is situated on the left bank of the Daya river.



History

The temple is believed to be built in 15th century CE during the Gajapati period. Biswanath Hill is known for its ancient monastery of Dignag, the Buddhist logician and philosopher.

The Temple

This temple is facing towards west and situated on the top of the Viswanatha Hill. The temple consists of rekha vimana and a shallow entrance porch. The temple is pancharatha on plan and panchangabada in elevation. Two stucco images of lion can be seen at the entrance of the sanctum. The sanctum enshrines the presiding deity, Viswanath in the form of Shiva Linga within a circular Yonipitha.



The vimana is square on plan. Udyota simhas can be seen in all raha pagas of the gandi portion. The exterior is devoid of any decoration except the niches. Images of Navagraha panel, Astikajaratkaru, Bust part of a female devotee, a dilapidated six-armed deity, Deula Charini and Animal erotics can be seen in the temple premises.



Festivals

Shivarathri, Kartika Purnima and Sankranti are the festivals celebrated here with much fanfare.

Connectivity

The temple is located at about 1.5 Kms from Motari Railway Station, 4 Kms from Kanas Road Railway Station, 7 Kms from Delang, 21 Kms from Khordha New Bus Stand, 21 Kms from Pattanaikia Square, 22 Kms from Khordha, 28 Kms from Bhubaneswar Airport and 43 Kms from Bhubaneswar. The temple is situated on Khordha to Pattanaikia Square route.

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Kapileshwar Temple, Rahika, Bihar

Kapileshwar Temple, Rahika, Bihar

Kapileshwar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Rahika Village in Madhubani Tehsil in Madhubani District of Bihar, India. The temple complex consists of many shrines and the main shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Shiva Linga is said to have been installed by Sage Kapila. Shrines of Parvati, Hanuman, Ganesha and various other deities can be seen in the temple premises.




There is a temple pond situated outside the temple premises. Jalabhiseka performed during the month of Shravan is very special here. The temple is located at about 4 Kms from Rahika, 8 Kms from Madhubani, 9 Kms from Madhubani Railway Station, 9 Kms from Madhubani Bus Stand, 15 Kms from Kaluahi, 26 Kms from Darbhanga, 159 Kms from Patna and 167 Kms from Patna Airport. The temple is situated on Darbhanga to Kaluahi route.

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Pataleshwar Temple, Hajipur, Bihar

Pataleshwar Temple, Hajipur, Bihar

Pataleshwar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Hajipur City in Hajipur Taluk in Vaishali District of Bihar, India. The temple is situated at Jadhua Road in Hajipur. This temple enshrines the presiding deity, Pataleshwar in the form of Shiva Linga. The Linga is said to be Swayambhu Moorthy (Self-manifested). Shivarathri is the most famous festival celebrated here.


The temple is located at about 3 Kms from Jadhua Bus Stand, 3 Kms from Hajipur Junction Railway Station, 3 Kms from Hajipur Bus Stand, 6 Kms  from Sonepur Junction Railway Station, 21 Kms from Patna, 26 Kms from Patna Airport, 57 Kms from Chapra and 112 Kms from Begusarai. Hajipur is situated on the other banks of river ganges from Patna.

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Kanhaiya Ji Temple, Bandar Jhula, Bihar

Kanhaiya Ji Temple, Bandar Jhula, Bihar

Kanhaiya Ji Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Bandar Jhula Village in Thakurganj Tehsil in Kishanganj District of Bihar, India. The temple is one of the state protected monuments in Bihar declared by Archaeological Survey of India. This place finds mention in Mahabharata.

The temple is located at about 7 Kms from Pauakhali, 16 Kms from Dighalbank, 22 Kms from Bahadurganj,  28 Kms from Thakurganj, 37 Kms from Kishanganj, 37 Kms from Kishanganj Railway Station, 104 Kms from Purnia and 165 Kms from Jalpaiguri Airport. The temple is situated at about 7 Kms from Pauakhali off the Bahadurganj to Thakurganj route.

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

Surya Temple, Aiti, Madhya Pradesh

Surya Temple, Aiti, Madhya Pradesh

Surya Temple  is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Surya located at Aiti Village in Morena Tehsil in Morena District in Madhya Pradesh, India. The temple is situated close to Bateshwar Group of Temples, Padhawali. The Temple is one of the state protected monuments in Madhya Pradesh declared by Archaeological Survey of India.

History

The temple is believed to be built in 11th century CE by Kachchhapaghata rulers.

The Temple

The temple is facing towards west. The temple consists of sanctum and a pillared mukha mandapa on all four sides. The mandapa seems to be of later addition. The base of the doorjambs are carved with images of river goddesses Ganga and Yamuna along with their attendants. The center of the lintel is carved with an image of Surya flanked by the images of Uma Mahesvara at both the terminal projections. Sapta Matrikas and Navagrahas are carved on the recesses. The sanctum enshrines a Shiva Linga currently. There is no shikara over the sanctum.

Connectivity

The temple is located at about 2 Kms from Rethaura Kalan Railway Station, 4 Kms from Rethaura Kalan, 10 Kms from Padhavali, 11 Kms from Bateshwar Group of Temples, 11 Kms from Malanpur, 19 Kms from Gwalior Airport, 22 Kms from Nurabad, 25 Kms from Gwalior, 27 Kms from Gwalior Junction Railway Station and 35 Kms from Morena. The temple is situated on Morena to Malanpur route via Padhavali. The temple can be accessed by an earthen road from Rethaura Kalan.

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