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Temples in Maharashtra

* 20 Aug 2022
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Harishchandragad is an ancient hill fort in the Ahmednagar district situated in the Malshej Ghat, an altitude of 4,670 ft. with its origin in the 6th century during the rule of the Kalchuri dynasty.
Harishchandreshwar temple about 16 m high from its base is an ancient monolithic temple built in the Hemadpanti style of architecture (style incorporating black stone and lime without using any mortar using the technique of mortise and tenon joint).
There are entrances from all four sides. On the main entrance there are sculptures of faces considered the guards of the temple.
On the left side of the entrance is a Devanagiri inscription, which is about saint Changdev.  The great sage Changdev stayed at the fort spending his time in deep meditation in the temple and also wrote the famous manuscript 'Tatvasaar' in the 14th century. The fort was in the control of the Mughals in the 16th century before the mighty Marathas captured it in the 18th century.
Around this temple there are a few caves & ancient water tanks. The river Mangal Ganga is said to originate from one of these tanks.
A short distance away, another temple called Kashitirtha is located. 
In the Nageshwar temple near Khireshwar is a 1.5 m long sculpture of Lord Vishnu in the sleeping posture - "Sheshshayi Vishnu".
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* 20 Aug 2022
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There are three caves close to the Harishchandreshwar temple. The most mysterious is the Kedareshwar Cave which is located to the right of the temple and has a 5 feet tall Shiva Linga sitting in the middle of ice-cold water. The water is about waist-high and the Shiva Linga is quite difficult to access owing to the cold nature of water. There are lovely sculptures carved out in the cave and is quite inaccessible in the monsoon because a huge stream flows across the way.  Another interesting point is that water seeps into this temple every day through the four walls.
There is a huge rock above the Shiva Linga and four pillars around it support the cave. Legend has it that these four pillars represent the four Yugas of Satya, Treta, Dwapura and Kali. A pillar breaks off on its own at the end of each Yuga! Currently only one of the pillars is intact and the belief is that this fourth pillar will fall of at the end of Kali yuga.
Source:  Kedareshwar Cave at Harishchandragad, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra by Lakshmi Subramanian,

* 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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