- Bhuleshwar Temple is a must visit to satiate your soul.
- The barbarity of Aurangzeb and Muslim invaders is still visible inside the Bhuleshwar temple, Maharashtra.
- Musicians, luring apsaras and lions are some of the stone arts you’ll see on the walls of the Bhuleshwar
Bhuleshwar Temple, a protected monument that has both mythological and historical significance. If you are fascinated by carvings, old architectures and sculptures, Bhuleshwar Temple is a must visit to satiate your soul. And to add a cheery on top, the roads to reach Bhuleshwar will also mesmerize you with farms and beautiful landscape to gaze at.
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The Yadava rulers built this temple back in 1230 A.D. There’s a folktale that surrounds the history of the temple. It revolves around Goddess Parvati who danced in the temple for Lord Shiva. Owing to this folktale there’s a popular myth, which talks about a bowl of sweets disappearing each time they are offered to Shiva Linga. Every morning a priest performs a puja in the temple. However, on the eve of Maha Shivaratri, the temple performs puja at huge scale and a large crowd gathers here for the event every year. People come to pay gratitude to Shiv and pray for their prosperity.
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The Ill-Fated Invasion
The barbarity of Aurangzeb and Muslim invaders is still visible inside the Bhuleshwar temple, Maharashtra. As you stroll through the temple you’ll see many disfigured statues, Aurangzeb’s men performed this act of damage. It was an attempt to challenge the Hindu Art. Later, Muslim workers reconstructed the sculptures during Chahatrapati Shivaji’s tenure as a ruler. The effect of the invasion can be felt till today as you see hidden entrances and steps to reach the top from either side, there’s also a very narrow passage that takes you into the depths of the temple. These small nuances show the measures taken by the then rulers of the temple to prevent another Mughal invasion.
Sculptures can be seen at every wall that meets your eye. Unfortunately, all these sculptures bear the marks of hammers. The Muslim invaders left a negative stench all around the temple in the form of their scars on the beautiful statues. Having said that, the sculptures look beautiful even in their destroyed form.
Arts and Architecture
Musicians, luring apsaras and lions are some of the stone arts you’ll see on the walls of the Bhuleshwar Temple. At the entrance of the temple you will find a large ”Nandi’’. The carvings inside the temple can be compared to the one’s at Ajanta and Ellora. Scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharta are depicted on the walls. The temple consists of two water tanks, one of them contains turtles and fishes, which are considered to be holy, and the other tank has a shiv linga immersed. In the name of bringing joy and happiness to one’s life, people throw coins on the shiv ling.
– by Karishma Vanjani of NewsGram