Kiradu Ancient Temples

Kiradu Ancient Temples

Sculpted ancient art has enormous liveliness. The prehistoric Kiradu Temples at Barmer, Rajasthan are well-known as the Khajuraho of Rajasthan due to the mystic workmanship and excellent planning of the same. There are total 5 temples in the premises, and all of them are known for their impressive look. Hence it enjoys being one of the important tourist attractions in Barmer.
These temples are another site of mystery located in Rajasthan. The temples are dotted on golden sand of desert land around 35 km away from the city.
These temples belong to Lord Shiva and out of all five temples, the Someshvara Temple is considered as prime one. It is the largest of five and belongs to Lord Shiva while the rest 4 are devoted to Lord Vishnu and Shiva.It is believed that these temples are made in 11 or 12 century and hence known as a great part of the ancient heritage of Rajasthan State. The structures are made of sandstone and hence they are still in considerably good shape, however, a small area is doubtlessly affected with the time and destroyed, but still one can understand the grandeur of the structure by looking at other areas which are yet intact.
Spooky place
There is also a sad story attached to this place which is related to a women’s statue situated in Singhni village near Kiradu. As per the legend, once upon a time a sage along with his disciples visited here. He went for enlightenment and left his disciples at Kiradkot due to their ill health. The villagers did not treat the disciples well, but there was a family of a potter who always helped him.
When the sage came back, he came to know about the situation. The disciple told the sage about the help from the Potter family and the way he was treated by other villagers. On hearing the whole story the sage got angry and cursed the village that the villagers with stone hearts will become stone. He asked the disciple to request the Potter family to go away from the village without turning their back to the village. However, the lady of the Potter family out of curiosity looked back to the village, and she turned into a stone statue which is still standing out of the village.
Till then no one is allowed to stay here after 6 in the evening. It is believe that one who stays beyond 6 P.M. either disappears or dies.
Architecture Brilliance
The architectural style of the temple belongs to Solanki style. The original name of Kiradu was Kiradkot and was ruled by the Chalukyas of Gujarat in 6th to 8th century. Hence as there was a huge span of the rule, the architectural style of the construction is also affected. These are multi-storied structures with Hindu gods and goddesses sculptures and Ramayana inspired scenes carving on walls.
The temple city established on the level of Khajuraho is in ruins and yet least explored.
How to Reach
To get to Kiradu one has to reach Barmer by road or train. From here hire a taxi to Kiradu. Though the road is not that much in good condition, a jeep ride can be the best option to be at this famous place. One can also access the temple from Jaisalmer as it is hardly 157 km from the city of Jaisalmer.
The temple premise is under the supervision of the government, and hence there is a nominal entry fee. Those who love to have a trip on rough roads and go for a perfect outing in the vicinity of a city area, this is a perfect site. However, after visiting the structure, one may be glad about the ancient heritage and at the same time may feel sorry for the poor maintenance of the legacy.

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