Bhojpur

BHOJPUR

The magnificent temple of Bhojpur, the Bhojeshwar Temple, is fondly called the ‘Somnath of the East’. Dating back to about a thousand years, it is attributed to the era of Raja Bhoj, the legendary Parmar King of Dhar. Today it attracts devotees of Lord Shiva in huge numbers during the Shivaratri festivities. This sanctum has the biggest ‘Shiva Linga’ carved out of a single stone, rising to a height of 7.5 feet with a circumference of 17.8 feet. It is set upon a massive platform of 21.5 feet, the architectural harmony of lingam and platform creates a superb synthesis of solidity and lightness. Although, the temple was never completed, it still remains one of the best examples of medieval, Indian architecture.

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