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Amrol Rameshwar Mahadeva Temple, Madhya Pradesh


Amrol Rameshwar Mahadeva Temple, Amroul, Gwalior District, Madhya Pradesh 475001


Rameshwar Mahadeva


Amrol Rameshwar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Located in the Amrol Village, in Gwalior district, in Madhya Pradesh. One of the finest examples of the early Pratihara style of architecture in Central India is the Mahadeva Temple in Amrol village. This ancient temple is likely to have been built in the 8th century by either Nagabhata I or Vatsaraja. Mahadeva Temple is a protected monument of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Puranic Significance

The Amrol temple has well-defined niches on the external façade adorned with beautiful sculptures of Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Lord Kartikeya and Uma Devi doing tapas (penance and austerities). There are lovely figures of dancers and musicians, Ashtadikpalakas and embellished panels with traditional motifs on the walls. The main doorway is richly decorated with ornate figures of Apsaras and a sage on either side. The doorway is unusually wide and grander than most temples of this size. The upper part of the shikhara has fallen prey to the ravages of the weather and time but fragments of carvings in two tiers can be seen. Though this temple is not as impressive in either size or detailing as compared to subsequent temples built by the Pratiharas, there is a certain simplicity and elegance to the minimalistic sculptures.


8th century

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Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)- Madhya Pradesh

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