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ituated on the banks of the Narmada, Omkareshwar is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is located at a distance of about 12 miles from Mortakka in Madhya Pradesh. The river Narmada spits into two and forms an island Mandhata or Shivapuri in the center. The shape of the island resembles that of the visual representation of the Omkara sound, Om. There are two temples here, one to Omkareshwar and one to Amareshwar.

Legend has it that the Vindhya mountain prayed to Shiva - Omkareshwara and was blessed here. Legend also has it that upon the request of the Devas,

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Kalbhairav Temple

The city of Ujjain has numerous shrines dedicated to Bhairava, a fierce manifestation of Shiva, the Destroyer of the Universe.The Kalbhairava Temple is also believed to be associated with the cult of Tantra, an unorthodox secret cult with strong black magic overtones. Although Tantra practices on the sly are said to keep the enemy at bay, missing the target can spell doom to the practitioner.
Many sadhus or holy men with ash-smeared bodies and long matted hair may easily be spotted around this temple.

Pieces of sculptured stones depict deities from the Hindu pantheon along with Vishnu, the Preserver o

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Har Siddhi Temple

According to a legend from the Shiva Purana, an ancient Hindu text in Sanskrit, Lord Shiva was greatly disturbed after the death of his consort, Sati.
Overwhelmed with grief, Shiva, the Destroyer of the Universe decided not to part with her body, carrying it with him wherever he went. Greatly distressed by this action, the rest of the divine community cut her body into pieces, and threw the pieces onto Mrityulok, the land of mortals.
Wherever the parts of her body fell (the elbow fell at the site of this ancient temple), it became a shaktipeeth, or a centre of the female manifest form of cosmic ene

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Gopal Temple

Gopal Temple is dedicated to the blue god Krishna who is the divine herdsman, the lover of milkmaids and the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Preserver of the Universe. The marble-spired structure is an excellent example of Maratha architecture.
Lord Krishna’s two feet tall statue is moulded in silver and is placed on a marble-inlaid altar with silver-plated doors.

Mahmud of Ghazni had taken these doors from the famous Somnath Templein Gujarat to Ghazni in Afghanistan in a.d. 1026.
The Afghan invader, Mahmud Shah Abdali, later took the gates to Lahore, from where Mahadji Scindia recovered the

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Chaturbhuj Temple

One of the city’s greatest attractions is the Chaturbhuj Temple, which is situated right opposite the Raja Mahal. Dedicated to the four-armed deity, Chaturbhuj (chaturbhuj literally means four-armed), the temple has plenty of light and space inside, a feature unusual for a Hindu temple.

Travel to Orchha and visit the Charurbhuj temple, constructed between the years 1558 and 1573 by Raja Madhukar, the Chaturbhuj Temple is a bold concept and as enormous as any European cathedral. While earlier temples had fairly small enclosures, the Chaturbhuj Temple has a huge cross-shaped congregation hall

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Shanichara Temple

The Hindus hold Shani (Saturn), in great awe and respect. In fact, Saturn is the only deity whose benign glance is believed to bestow prosperity, while a fierce look can cause unparalleled misfortune on the object of its attention. Small wonder then, that devotees flock to appease him every Saturday.

The Shanichara Temple made of stone at Aeti is rather special, though it doesn’t appear so from the outside. It houses the original black idol of Shani brought from Lanka (presently Sri Lanka). Legend has it that Shanideva was held prisoner by the demon-king Ravana (king of Lanka), in the Hindu

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Chintaman Ganesha Temple

This Ganesha stone temple is located in the middle of the market, and dates back to 11th and 12th centuries a.d. when the Paramaras ruled over Malwa (Madhya Pradesh).
The finely-carved stone pillars in the assembly hall and the white shrine define the age-old sanctity of the temple.

The Ganesha idol enshrined in this temple is supposed to be swayamabhu (born of itself). Also called Vighneshwara, the moderator of grief, Ganesha is always the first to be worshipped in the Hindu pantheon, lest he decide to sow obstacles in the devotees’ path. His consorts, Ridhhi and Siddhi, flank Chintaman, the a

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Bade Ganesha Ji Ka Mandir

Situated near the tank of the Mahakaleshwar Temple, Bade Ganesha Ji Ka Mandir houses a massive statue of the elephant-headed God of Wisdom and Prosperity, Ganesha.
The head of the elephant symbolises sagacity, prudence and forethought that the Hindus attribute to divinity.

In the middle of the Ganesha temple lies a unique idol of loyalty and faith, that of the monkey-god, Hanuman. Nowhere else but in this temple Hanuman is depicted with five faces. Known as Panchamukhi (five-faced), Hanuman here symbolises courage, loyalty, devotion, strength, and righteousness. The Ganesha temple is also an important

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Hardol Singh Samadhi

¤ Hardol Singh -- Most Able Ruler

s To this day, a much-revered name in Orchha’s history is that of Hardol Singh, and Orchha’s people offer prayers to him at his tomb. Born in 1608, Hardol was the third and most able of Raja Vir Singh’s sons. Although no law of primogeniture existed in Orchha, on his father’s death, the gallant Hardol made it clear that he would not object if his elder brother, Jujhar Singh, ascended the throne. Hardol remained content with the fief of Baragaon, but was still treated with suspicion by his two elder sibl

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Hanuman Temple

The monarchs of Orchha were great devotees of Lord Rama, the fabled god-king who ruled over Ayodhya according to the ancient epic, the Ramayana.
Orchha’s rulers built monuments in memory of virtually all the important characters in the epic, and the Hanuman Temple is one such sanctuary.
The Ramayana tells us that Kishkandhapuri was the place where Rama first met the monkey, Hanuman, who belonged to the vanara race, or the race that lived in a vana (forests). Hanuman became one of the greatest devotees of Rama, and in time, was recognised as a god himself.

The Hanuman Temple was

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