Introduction: A midst the picturesque surroundings of Maikal mountains and dense forests, the perfect blend of religious and erotic sculptures, the Bhoramdeo temple, is carved on the rocky stones in the Nagar style. This temple was built in the period of 7th to 11th century A.D.
The Shiva Linga in the temple is beautifully carved and the artistic appeal beckons the visitors. The Bhoramdeo temple has a resemblance with the Sun temple of Konark and The Khajuraho temple , and that is why it is also called the Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh. The “Madwa Mahal” near the Bhoramdeo temple is another beautiful historic monument, worth seeing. Just one km. away from Bhoramdeo , Madwa Mahal is known as the memorial of the marriage of Nagwanshi king and Haihawanshi Queen. ‘Madwa’ is a word from the local dialect synonymous to marriage pandal.
Madwa Mahal was originally a Shiv temple but due its shape, like a marriage shamiyana, it is known as “Madwa Mahal”. It is also called Dullhadeo. Nagwanshi emperor Ramchandra Deo has built it in 1349 A.D. The Shiva Linga is inside the ‘Garbha Grih’ and the ‘Mandap rests upon 16 pillars’.
The erogenous idols of this temple are also extremely beautiful. On the outer walls there are as many as 54 erotic sculptures in different poses. These asanas from the “Kam sutra”, are truly an epitome of eternal love and beauty. They are artistically significant too. The Nagwanshi Kings were believed to be the practitioners of ‘Trantra’ as their contemporaries in Khajuraho. The traces of turmeric on the walls, indicate that marriage and other rituals must have been performed here from time to time.
Main attraction of Bhoramdeo Temples :
There are various beautiful attractions that are worth seeing while wandering in this temple. The construction of this temple is well planned and structured that appeal myriads of visitors every year. Amazing and attractive carvings and sculptures are engraved on the rock stone walls of the shrine. They are originally made from the 11th century which is very famous amongst the other temples. The erotic carvings that are carved on the magnificent temple reflect the customs and religion of the Indian country. The Bhoramdeo Temple is well renowned for its sculptures and carvings that rank the second position after the Khajuraho temple. Therefore, the unique architecture is also registered in the history of India. However, there are a number of attractions that are within or closure to the sacred place. The most famous historical sites that are placed close from the Bhoramdeo Temple are the Cherki Mahal and Madwa Mahal. One of the main features of this attractive ancient shrine is abundant of erotic sculptures and architecture that are designed to charm the look of the temple.
There is lot of ancient pilgrimage sites which are positioned near to the sacred place, but the most prominent is the Bhoramdeo temple, which is comparatively more famous than others. This temple is surrounded with various stunning landscapes that give a picturesque view to the visitors. The Maikal Mountain is most famous which is covered with the sheet of dense forest. The pilgrimage site is a perfect blend of erotic sculptures and religious belief that seeks the attraction of the devotee. According to the archeologist, the Bhormdeo Temple is engraved on a huge rock stone mainly in Nagar style. Originally, the construction of the temple started from the earlier period of seventh and eleventh century AD. Within the shrine, you will see a big Shiva Linga which is beautifully carved by the artists from the medieval period. The Madwa Mahal that lies close to this temple is one of the historic monuments which are worth seeing. It is located at a distance of just one kilometer from the Bhoramdeo temple, so don’t miss an opportunity to take a glimpse of this site.
How to reach there :
By Air :- Raipur(134 kms) is the nearest airport connected with Delhi, Mumbai , Magpur, Bhuneshwar, Kolkata , Ranchi , Viskhapatnam and Chennai.
By Rail :- Raipur is the nearest Railway station on the Bombay-Howarah main line.
By Road:- Taxis are available from Kawardha(18 Kms). Regular Buses ply from Raipur(116 Kms.), Rajnandgaon(133 Kms.) and Jabalpur(220 Kms.) to Kawardha.