Bhojeshwar Temple

Raisen, India

Having earned the name “Somnath of the East”, this Temple was left incomplete and this can be seen from an earthen ramp which was used to raise it to the level of a dome. This is a standing example of the architecture from 11th-13th Century in India. The strong dome is supported by four beautifully carved pillars. The Temple has been divided into three parts. On three sides of the structure balconies supported by huge brackets and pillars can be seen. The lingam inside rises to a height of 7.5 feet and is made of limestone blocks. Interestingly, there is another marvellous Jain shrine in close proximity, which is also incomplete. This shrine has three statues, one of which is a 20 foot high Mahavir. To the west of Bhojpur was a huge lake, which was destroyed by Hoshang Shah of Malwa in the 14th Century. It is said that the climate of Malwa was also altered due to the removal of this lake.

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