Bhoramdeo Temple

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Bhoramdeo Temple, Chhattisgarh Overview

The Bhoramdeo Temple bears a striking resemblance to the Sun Temple of Konark and is believed to have been constructed during the 7th to 12th century. It is popularly known as the Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh as it also resembles the Khajuraho Temple of Madhya Pradesh. It is the main temple among the bunch of four ancient temples in this region - Madwa Mahal, Istaliq Temple, Cherki Mahal and Bhoramdeo temple - and stands as strong as ever in the Kabirdham district. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The outstanding Nagar style of architecture and the intricately carved images are a spectacular work of art. The Bhoramdeo Temple flaunts admirably sculpted images of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu, in addition to the images of Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha. Pilgrims often stay back to savour the outstanding views that the temple has to offer, after seeking their blessings.

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Bhoramdeo Temple - Timings and Entry Fee

The Bhoramdeo Temple operates from 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM and then from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM on all days of the week. Since it is a place of religious significance, it has no entry fee.

History and Architecture of the Bhoramdeo Temple

The main complex of the Bhoramdeo Temple is built out of stone and is rich in historical and archaeological details. The temple is dated back to the Kalachuri period, from the 10th to 12th century. It is older than the whole Khajuraho group of temples. The temple is credited to have been built by Laxman Dev Rai and Gopal Dev of the Faninagvansh dynasty. The temple complex is often referred to as “scintillating poetry in stone”. The Gond tribals of this area worshipped Lord Shiva, whom they referred to as Bhoramdeo and hence, the name of the temple.

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Certain architectural features along with the erotic sculptures have added to the temple’s architectural style, similar to that of the Khajuraho Temple of Madhya Pradesh and the Konark Sun Temple of Odisha. The Bhoramdeo temple has an abundance of carved images on its walls, especially the exterior ones. The structural uniqueness of the temple stems out from having receding rows placed consecutively upwards in the upper part of the temple tower. It has the standard Hindu temple composition of a mandapa, followed by a passage leading to the sanctum sanctorum or Garbhagriha. 

The sanctum sanctorum is the primary enclosure of the temple where the presiding deity Shiva, in the form of a Shiva linga, is worshipped. Four main central pillars support the mandapa, along with several peripheral pillars. All the enclosures are linked through passageways. The temple is built facing the East, with an entry door that faces the same direction. In addition to this, two more doors open to the South and North directions. However, there is no door facing the Western direction. The main entrance door of the temple flaunts sculpted images of Ganga and Yamuna.  The entrance to the sanctum sanctorum or Garbhagriha has finely sculpted images of all the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu. Intricately sculpted images of Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha can also be found.

Other Structures in the Temple complex

An open-air museum is located within the temple complex. It is home to a massive collection of archaeological artefacts that were unearthed in this area, some even dating back to the 2nd or 3rd century. The ‘Sati pillars’ are also on display here. They have a unique architectural motif, showing couples in squatting amourous postures. The museum complex also boasts of collections such as dilapidated images and friezes of Linga and Nandi.

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A temple washed in red colour was recently built for the deity Hanuman. It is located on one side of the temple courtyard. A Kal Bhairava sculpture can also be seen near the exit. The Cherki Mahal is located in a thinly forested area. It is the last temple in this complex and is often not located easily. A Shiva linga form that is not carved is worshipped in this temple. The roof of the Cherki Mahal has a distinct lotus decoration.

Madwa Mahal is located in a 1 km vicinity of the main temple complex. It was built to commemorate the wedding of the Nagwanshi king, Ramachandra Dev and the Haihawanshi Queen, Raj Kumari Ambika Devi. Interestingly, this temple is west facing. Since this temple’s structure is similar to a marriage hall or pandal, it gets its name Madwa. The entrance of this temple flaunts traditional architectural embellishments. 
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The Istaliq temple was built out of dried or burnt clay bricks, in the 2nd or 3rd century. This temple structure can be found adjoining the main Bhoramdeo temple. It is presently in a dilapidated condition, having only the sanctum sanctorum with no mandap and entrance. A sculpted Shiva linga is worshipped over here along with the images of Uma Maheshwar.

Best Time to Visit Bhoramdeo Temple

The best time to visit Bhoramdeo Temple is during the winter months from October to February. The weather conditions remain pleasant and make for a nice trip.

How To Reach Bhoramdeo Temple

The Bhoramdeo Temple is located at the banks of a man-made lake, at the foot of the Maikal range of hills. It is situated about 18 km in the northwest direction of the Tehsil town of Karwadha, Kabirdham district. Regular buses ply from major cities like Raipur and Jabalpur to Karwadha. From Karwadha, there are numerous taxi services available that can take you to Bhoramdeo Temple.

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