Prachin Shiva Temple

ANCIENT HINDU TEMPLES IN ALL ITS GLORY

PRACHIN SHIVA TEMPLE

This temple is considered one of the important pilgrim centres in Kurukshetra. The literal meaning of ‘Prachi’ is East, so the easterly flow of the Saraswati River is known as Prachi Sarasvati. The banks of this river hold the ancient site of Prachi Shiva Temple that yields a number of the sculptures of Gods and Goddesses of the Hindu Pantheon. Theses stone temples belong to 9th-10th centuries. However, due to the onslaught of time and climatic conditions, these are in a poor condition. A few sculptures have been collected by the State Department of Archaeology from this site. But many of them are now fixed in the walls of modern temples at ‘Prachi Tirth’. At least, three stone doorframes of the ancient temple now stand fixed on the different entrances of newly built Prachi Shiva Temple. Two of them are very important, as they depict ‘Navagraha’, ‘Saptamatrikas’ and the figures of Goddesses Ganga and Yamuna, and also a God Vishnu image on the Lalatbimba, which signifies the presence of a Vishnu temple here in the past.

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