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Temples of Sambhaji Nagar

Sambhaji Nagar, one of the largest cities in Maharashtra, has been surrounded by many magnificent temples dating from ancient period to modern times. These temples have been the centre of Sambhaji Nagar's cultural identity!

Grishneshwar (Jyotirlinga)

The Grishneshwar temple or the Shivalaya, destroyed during the invasions of the Delhi Sultanate in the 14th century, was reconstructed in red stone by Malojiraje Bhonsle (grandfather of the great Maratha ruler Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj). In the last decade of the 18th century, it was renovated under the patronage of Queen Ahliyabai Holkar of Maheshwar (near Indore) who designed a stepwell known as Shivalaya Teerth (or Kund) nearby the temple building.

One of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, the temple is beautified with a shikhara in the Nagara style of architecture. The pillars of the mandapa have sculptures carved upon them , each depicting scenes from the epics of Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Close to this in Verul (Ellora) itself is the Maloji Raje Bhosle Gadi and the Shahaji Raje Bhosle memorial, where once upon a time, Maloji Raje resided. The Gadi (fortress) renders the strong ancestral connection Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja had with Ellora and is open for visitors.


This temple of Lord Shiva, on the edge of a cliff near Ghat Nandra and about 90kms from Aurangabad, dates back to the Yadava period. The temple architecture is a mixture of both, Rashtrakuta and the Hemadpanti style. Now only a small portion of the original temple survives along with a few additions made during the Maratha rule.


The Bhadramaruti Mandir or Devsthan is a temple of Veer hanuman in Khultabad that houses the reclining Moorti (idol) of Lord Maruti (Hanuman). The deity is an ancient sculpture, with a legend associating its origin with Bhadrasena, a local chieftain and an ardent of Lord Ram living around the precincts. The temple style is famous for its glasswork. Acknowledged as a place of inviolability, it invites pilgrims from all over, with figures going up weekly on Saturdays.


Anwa - a Chalukyan patronisation, is an embodiment of Jain architecture and a fervent shrine of Lord Shiva, having enormous archaeological gravity. On a raised platform, the temple breaks into an open sabha mandapa that has beautifying projections on other three sides, shaping it into a star-like form. About 50 decorated pillars support its domed ceiling which is architecturally ornamented with an

inverted half blown flower along with eight small floral designs. The centre of the mandapa is occupied by the faithful Nandi, with Lord Ganesha seated in the lintel. Various Vaishnava deities and Mithuna sculptures are intricately carved on the exterior walls.


At the foothills of the Pitalkhora ranges is the 11th century medieval temple of Patna Devi, amidst the forest. The temple is attributed to Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. Built in black basalt, the stonework along with its ceilings and columns are adorable. The temple village of Patane is the birthplace of Bhaskaracharya the versed mathematician, who contributed to the concept of Zero in mathematics. The temple observes an increase in visitors especially during Navratra and Chaitra festivals.

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