“A person without the knowledge of their history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”- Marcus Garvey
India is a land of diverse cultures, races, religions and communities. And when it comes to religion, Hinduism is considered as the most ancient of all religions. This religion has left its footprints in the sands of time through the numerous temples that were built in the past. Madhya Pradesh is a state where many temples that date back to centuries are found. These temples not only have marvelous beauty, but each of them also has a story behind its construction. If you are planning to go for Madhya Pradesh tourism, do not miss the chance to wander back in the past by visiting these temples.
1. Bada Ganesh Ka Mandir, Ujjain- The temple contains almost all the major divine deities of Hinduism. But most importantly, if you are a devotee of Lord Ganesh, this temple is a must-visit for you. With an enormous, red and magnificent statue of Lord Ganesh at the centre, the temple is illuminated by the presence of this statue itself. Riddhi and Siddhi, the goddesses of sanctity and prosperity, are situated on both the sides of Lord Ganesh. This temple also has a bronze idol of a five-faced (panchmukhi) Hanuman and the idol of infant Krishna in the arms of his mother, Yashodhara.
2. Kandariya Mahadeo Temple, Khajuraho- Established as a UNESCO world heritage site, these group of temples surely deserves such a prestigious recognition. Built in the year These temples proudly stand today as a historic symbol representing Central India in the past. Among these spectacular group of temples built by the Chandela rulers, Kandariya Mahadev temple is the most profound that you will find and there is no doubt why it is considered as the epitome of art and architecture among the North Indian temples. The temples are replete with more than 800 sculptures of mythological deities, warriors, beasts and many more. Not only these, but the interiors are also equally enchanting to view.
3. Lakshmana Temple, Khajuraho- The majority of temples in Madhya Pradesh are dedicated to particular gods and goddesses. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is almost similar to Kandariya Mahadeo temple in terms of its composition and adornment. But still it has a few exclusive features- the ceiling of the entrance area and the female bracket figure in the inside will leave you awestruck. Furthermore, if you take the help of a travel agency in Madhya Pradesh, you will stand a chance to know the history of the temple as well. The overall architecture and the sculptures of the temple will surely create a deep impact on your mind.
4. Chaturbhuj Temple, Orchha- Again dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this temple is a perfect blend of both temple and fort. It has a legend behind the name ‘Chaturbhuj’ where it was originally decided to have the idol of Lord Ram but for some reason was not kept. Instead, Lord Vishnu with four arms was placed in the temple from where it gets the name ‘Chaturbhuj’.
Conclusion- To experience the perfect tour & travel in Madhya Pradesh, visiting the temples will prove to be satisfying if traveling to new places is your passion.