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* 3 Jun 2022
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Gondeshwar temple
, built in the Hemadpanthi style of architechture during the Adilshahi rule in Maharastra lies 30 km southeast of Nashik city on the Nashik - Pune Highway. 
The temple's origin dates back to 12 - 13th century during Yadava dynasty. Some sources claim that Raj Govinda of Yadava dynasty built this great temple.
It is a Shaiva Panchayatan, or a group of five temples within a large enclosure. The central shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the remaining four around it are temples to Goddess Parvati, Lord Vishnu, Lord Ganapati and Surya Bhagwan. The structure constructed using the locally available black basalt stone and lime has some exquisitely carved structures.

The Gondeshwar temple was constructed during the reign of the Seuna (Yadava) dynasty, and it has been variously dated to the 11th or 12th centuries. Sinnar was a pre-imperial dynasty stronghold, and modern historians associate it with Seunapura, a town founded by Yadava king Seuanchandra. According to local legend, Sinnar town was founded by the Gavali (Yadava) chief Rav Singhuni, and the Gondeshwar Mandir was built at a cost of 200,000 rupees by his son Rav Govinda. Another theory holds that the temple, also known as Govindeshvara, was built by the Yadava feudatory Govinda-raja, but no historical evidence supports this theory.

According to historical records, Sinnar also known as Sindinagar or Seunapura was governed by Bhillama III of the Seuna or Yadavas of Devagiri as a feudatory of the Kalyani Chalukya (also known as Western Chalukya) king Jayasimha II. However, with time this place lost its prominence and was re-established by a Gavli chieftain, Ravi Singuni during the 11th century. There is a bit of confusion over who built this temple in the 12th century as one record gives credit to Ravi Singuniís son Rav Govinda and another to Govinda Raja.
A beautiful Kurma avatar sits in the centre of the hall facing the sanctum sanctorum which has a towering shikara over the Shiva Linga. The rathas in the temples are in perfect harmony with the horizontal mouldings. There are exauisitely decorated pillars, elephant bands in the base of the walls, highly ornamented porches, floral motifs, Brahmi, Gaja Lakshmi, Shiva performing the Tandava, Gomukh, Makara, graceful figures of women, apsaras, gandharvas, kinnaras and panels depicting scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharat and Puranas.
Source: Gondeshwar Temple, Sinnar, Nashik District, Maharashtra by Lakshmi Subramanian,

* 1 Feb 2022
The Kailasa Mandir in Ellora
Kailasa Mandir in Ellora
164 feet long, 108 feet wide & 100 feet high, Entire Mandir from top to bottom was cut out from solid basalt bedrock!
The largest Monolithic Structure of the World.
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