Spiritual Places of Central India

The temples of Central India region are a center of enticement for the visitors throughout the year. There are essential and effective prayers in stone. These are all exquisitely carved and embellished with breathtaking designs; they are the true symbols of ancient Indian cultural ethos. The temples of these regions exhibit a tremendous art, which is famous all over the world.

Omkareshwar Temple

Location: At a distance of about 12 miles from Mortakka in Madhya Pradesh and 77 kilometers from Indore.
Dedicated To: Lord Shiva
Famous Festival: Maha Shivaratri
Get There: Indore is the nearest airport and Ratlam-Indore-Khandwa line and the nearest railway station is Omkareshwar Road.
Best Time to Visit: July to March

The Omkareshwar temple is situated on the bank of River Narmada. Omkareshwar Temple is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. This Temple is built in the Nagara style and is characterized by a lofty shikhara. Kajal Rani Cave, Siddanath Temple, Satmatrika temple etc are the other tourist spots when you go to visit this Temple. It is divided north to south by a deep gully. The ground slopes gently along the northern edge but in the south and east there are cliffs over 150m high forming a gorge. Omkareshwar lies on the Ratlam-Indore-Khandwa line and the nearest railway station is Omkareshwar Road.

Brahma Temple

Location: At south end of Khajur lake
Dedicated To: Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma
Built In: AD 900
Get There: Khajuraho is the nearest airport of this temple and Mahoba is the nearest railway station which is 63 kilometers from the Khajuraho.
Best Time to Visit: July to March

The Brahma temple is one of the earliest structures of Khajuraho group temple. Earlier this temple was of Lord Vishnu but later on malformed into a temple of Lord Brahma. This temple is actually one of the initial structures in Khajuraho, comprising only of a sanctum and an entry porch, the latter is now totally lost and the former is roofed by a pyramidal. This is the first Hindu Temple that was constructed on the small platform of granite stone.

Chaturbhuja Temple

Location: Khajuraho, Chattarpur district, Madhya Pradesh
Dedicated To: Lord Vishnu
Built By: Emperor Lakshavarman
Built In: During 1100AD
Get There: The nearest railway station is at Mahoba which is at a distance of 64 km from here and Khajuraho has its own domestic airport, which receives regular flights from Delhi and Agra.
Best Time to Visit: July to March

Chaturbhuja temple was built in the declining years of the Chandella dynasty. It is crudely built and lacks the ornamentation and sexual imagery of the other Khajuraho temples. It was constructed by Emperor Lakshavarman primarily to enshrine an image of the four-armed 'Chaturbhuja' Vishnu brought from Tibet. The Chaturbhuja Temple is the only temple in Khajuraho which lacks erotic sculptures, with the bands on the walls of the temple set with architectural images of dikhpalas, ashtavasus, nymphs and the recesses of mythical lions. The architectural and sculptural traditions of this temple are quite similar to the Javari temple.

Taj-Ul-Masjid

Location: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Built In: 1971
Built By: Shah Jahan Begum
Get There: Bhopal is the nearest railway station and airport.
Best time to visit: October to March

The Taj- Ul- Masjid is one of the largest and oldest masques of Asia, Madhya Pradesh. The mosque is one of the most important Muslim landmarks in the city of Bhopal, and is multi-purpose as it is used as a madarsa, an Islamic religious school during the day. Taj-ul-Masjid, which literally means ‘crown of mosques’ is a huge pink mosque with two massive white-domed minarets and three white domes over the main building. The mosque has a pink facade that is topped by two 18 storey high octagonal minarets with marble domes. The mosque is also functioned as a Madarsa, an Islamic religious school during daytime.

The Sas Bahu Temple

Location: East of Gwalior Fort
Dedicated To: Lord Vishnu
Built In: 9 century
Buit By: King Mahipala
Get There: Gwalior is the nearest airport and railway station of this temple. Gwalior airport is 8 km away from the heart of the city.
Best Time to Visit: October to March

As its name denotes, these temples are not dedicated to Sas (mother-in-law) and Bahu (daughter-in-law) but rather the short form of Shashtra Bahu, another name of Lord Vishnu. These temples situated adjacent to each other and the larger one is elaborately decorated with beautiful carvings and sculptures. This temple is located at the east of Gwalior fort. The temple of Lord Shiva was constructed beside the old one for his son’s wife who was an ardent devotee of Shiva. Gwalior Fort, Suraj kund, Jai Vilas Palace, Tombs of Tansen etc are the another tourist spots.
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