The sensational Someshwara Temple at Kiradu, Barmer.

Souvik By Souvik, 13th Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The article speaks about the beautiful Someswara Temple in Kiradu,a place close to Barmer in Rajasthan.

Kiradu.

Kiradu is an old city 35 kilometers away from Barmer, which is famous for 5 temples including Someswara Temple of Mahadeva.

Solanki Style.

The Kiradu temples depict Solanki style of architecture. It was originally called Kiradkot. It was ruled by Kirad clan of Rajputs.

Protected monument.

Archaeological survey of India had declared Kiradu to be a protected monument. It is written in a notice board in front of Someswara Temple.

Entry fee.

There is an entry fee of Rs 10 per person. The costs are used for the restoration of the Kiradu temples.

Walk.

Visitors are required a 10 minutes walk from the gate where entry fees is given to the Someswara temple in Kiradu.

Chalukyas of Gujarat.

Initially during the 6th and 8th century, Kiradgot Rajputs had been influenced by the Chalukyas of Gujarat. For those reasons the architecture has signs of Chalukya architecture.

Legend.

There is a legendary story that an ancient sage left his disciple at the mercy of local people. But only a potter's wife cared for the disciple and maintained the sage's wish.

Curse.

So the sage cursed the village and asked the potter's wife to leave the place without turning back. She turned back to see the remains and immediately the entire town and village turned into stone.

Shiva Temples.

In respect of the architecture of ancient Shiva temples at Kiradu there are resemblances of the Gupta age. The temples were made between 6th and 8th century.

Destruction.

During Mughal period many of the temples were destroyed. Presently when tourists go to see them they can see the destruction.

Story.

Through the architecture many stories relating to purana are told. The individual statues are very beautiful.

Maintenance.

It is sad that inspite of a protected monument, it is not well maintained. There is such historical value of the monument, yet it is neglected.

Local people.

Local people even dont know that Someswara temple is situated at Kiradu at 35 kilometer distance from the city of Barmer, Rajasthan, India.

Visitors should visit it.

If visitors get an opportunity to come to Barmer in western Rajasthan, India, then should definitely visit Kiradu to see the great architecture of the 6th century.

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Barmer, India, Kurradu, Rajasthan, Shiva, Someshwara Temple

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author avatar Williamsji
13th Jan 2014 (#)

Good info and images on temples, places of spirituality and prayers, Congrats Regards WILLIAMSJI MAVELI

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author avatar Souvik
13th Jan 2014 (#)

Dear Williamsji Haveli, thanks for the patient reading and good comments.

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author avatar Williamsji
13th Jan 2014 (#)

The correct spell for my name is as below
WILLIAMSJI MAVELI
Thanks for your kind reply

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author avatar Souvik
13th Jan 2014 (#)

Ok Williamsji, from now on I will rightly spell your surname.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
13th Jan 2014 (#)

you are so fortunate having so many wonderful places to visit...thank you for sharing...

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author avatar Souvik
14th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Carolina for the comments. Happy makar sankranti and lohri.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
15th Jan 2014 (#)

nIc epost Souvik and my best for your wonderful family, very interesting pics about the ruins!

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author avatar Souvik
15th Jan 2014 (#)

Dear Fern, you are a romantic person that is why you could appreciate the great architecture.

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