Mahadev Temple - Pali

Mahadev temple in Pali, Chhattisgarh is 9th century temple. Pali is situated around 50 kms off from the Korba district on the Korba-Bilaspur road, Originally built by King Vikramaditya of Bana dynasty in 870 - 900 AD and later in 12th  century the king Jajwalyadeo repaired it. Temple is situated at the side of a large pond.

This east facing edifice built of sandstone on a high platform. Garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum) with Sikhara (Tower) and an octagonal mandapa (Hall).

A small nandi facing the entrance.

The sanctum houses a shiva linga. The door entrance to sanctum is adorned with images of Ganga and Yamuna accompanied by dwarapals (gate keeper)

The mandapa is decorated with images of Brahma, Krishna, Saraswati, Mahishasurmadni and Gajalaxmi. The architecture of the sculptures carved on this temple is very much similar to the temple of Khajuraho.


It was good to see the temple and most of the carving survived for more than 1000 years. 

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