All About The Rock-Cut Dharmarajeshwara Temple In Madhya Pradesh

The complex, which includes well-preserved Buddhist caves and a Hindu temple, is similar to the Ellora rock-cut cultural landmarks in Maharashtra
Dharmarajeshwara temple
Dharmarajeshwara temple

Madhya Pradesh is noted for its rich history, cultural richness, and natural beauty. While major tourist attractions here such as Khajuraho, Gwalior, and Bhopal draw visitors from all over the world, there are countless hidden jewels in Madhya Pradesh waiting to be discovered. These lesser-known destinations provide a distinct vacation experience and highlight the state's hidden riches. Mandsaur is one such site. It is situated on an upland plateau along the Sau River, a tributary of the Chambal River, in northwestern Madhya Pradesh.

The Dharmarajeshwara temple is a rock-cut temple site located around 100 km from Mandsaur. The complex, which comprises well-preserved Buddhist caves and a Hindu shrine, is somewhat similar to Maharashtra's rock-cut cultural monuments of Ellora.

The temple construction dates back to the 8th century and was initially a Vishnu shrine before being converted into a Shiva temple. As a result, the sanctum sanctorum contains both a Harihara icon and a shivalinga.

The Dharmrajeshwara temple has seven small temples around the main temple
The Dharmrajeshwara temple has seven small temples around the main temple @MPTourism/ X (formerly known as Twitter)

The Dharmrajeshwara Temple is a 50-metre-long, 20-metre-wide, and 9-metre-deep monolithic structure carved out of solid natural rock body of a hill. The main temple has a large shivalinga with a statue of Lord Vishnu. The carved images of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi adorn the entrance gate. There are seven small temples around the main temple.

The Mahashivaratri is the most important celebration in Dharmarajeshwara.

Things To Do In Mandsaur

Mandsaur, located in the heart of Madhya Pradesh, is a treasure trove of scenic beauty and cultural delights. While sometimes neglected by popular tourism, this unusual area has a lot to offer adventurous travellers looking for a one-of-a-kind and immersive experience. Mandsaur entices with its rich legacy and spectacular beauty, from historical landmarks to natural settings.

On Kawnla Beach
On Kawnla Beach@theonly.nitesh/Instagram

Kanwla Beach

Take some time out to visit Kanwla Beach and its pristine shoreline adorned with shimmering golden sands and the rhythmic symphony of crashing waves. Walk barefoot along the shoreline, enjoying the waves, climbing the boulders, basking in the gentle sea breeze, or munching on roasted corn.

Chambal River Floating Festival

Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the city and attend the Chambal River Floating Festival on the Gandhisagar Dam in Mandsaur. The serene environment of the Gandhisagar Dam takes on a celebratory aura during the festival with markets, safaris, and live music and performances. For more information about dates and events visit Gandhisagar Fest's official website.

Mandsaur Fort

History aficionados may immerse themselves in the region's rich history by visiting the historic Mandsaur Fort, which dates back to the 6th century and serves as a tribute to the region's cultural legacy. The stunning architecture of the fort, as well as the panoramic views from its ramparts, make it a must-see location.

Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary

Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary, a large wildlife reserve on the banks of the Chambal River, is a must-see for nature lovers. The sanctuary is home to a vast range of flora and fauna, including endangered species such as Indian gazelles, nilgai, and crocodiles.

Getting There

The temple is situated in Garoth tahsil of Mandsaur district at a distance of 4 km from Chandwasa town and 106 km from Mandsaur city. The nearest railway station is Shamgarh, about 22 km away. Or you can fly to Indore or Udaipur and then embark on a road trip to Mandsaur.

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