Indian culture witnesses great devotion towards various gods and goddesses. The most popular and worshiped among them is Lord Shiva. Temples of Shiva can be found everywhere throughout the country, and this temple in Rawatbhata is one of a kind.
The ancient temple complex of Baroli houses 9 temples of different deities. Baroli temples are under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India for conservation and protection.
Baroli Temples are believed to be one of the earliest temple complexes in Rajasthan
These majestic temples are nothing like your regular place of worship. Let’s find out some amazing and unique things about the exquisite Temples of Baroli.
The Temple Complex
The temples of Baroli are built around a natural fountain. A walled structure encloses 8 temples and the 9th temple is about a kilometer away. They are located near the rocky bank of the prominent Chambal river.
The shrine in the main temple is of lord shiva but one can also see other deities here. Four temples are dedicated to Shiva (including Ghateshwara Mahadeva Temple), two to Durga, and one each to Shiva-Trimurti, Vishnu, and Ganesha.
Tracing Temple Roots
Temples in the complex are said to be built in the 10-11th centuries. They significantly showcase the Gurjara-Pratihara Style of architecture.
You will find sophisticated carvings on the stone on various parts in the temple complex. The most astonishing thing about them is that the carvings are very detailed, despite being so ancient.
Smuggled Natraja is Finally Returning
Back in February 1998, a statue of lord shiva was stolen and it was later found in the UK with a private collector. Although it reached the Indian High Commission of the UK in 2005, it had to wait for years to be returned to its place of origin.
This statue is about 4 feet tall and shaped in the dancing avatar of lord Shiva. Recently on July 30,2020 it was reported that this statue will be sent back to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
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How to Reach
By Air: The nearest airport is Jaipur Airport.
By Rail: The nearest Railway station is Kota Junction Railway Station.
By Road: There are many public and private vehicles available to reach Baroli Temple in Rawatbhata.
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