Tourists keep distance from Chambal temples

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Morena, MP, Oct 27 (UNI) Tourist potential of Madhya Pradesh's Chambal valley remain untapped despite the area having a number of archaeological monuments dating back to more than 1,000 years.

Once frequented by dacoits, the ancient temples like Kakanmath temple, Chaunsath Yogini Temple and Padawali's Mini-Khajuraho temple are facing a dearth of tourists due to improper maintenance and absence of basic infrastructure.

Mitawali's 170 feet diameter unique creation Chaunsath Yogini Mandir, which is conserved by Archaelogical Survey of India, is a wonder in itself. 'Shivling' along with 'Yogini' adorn each of its 64 rooms. Hence it is quite famous for 'tantrik' rites and often visted by such people.

Likewise, local Padawali-based temple is known as mini-Khajuraho, famous for its well sculpted statues of Lord Vishnu depicting His 10 incarnations.

The journey of man from birth to death had been chiseled on stones.

Besides this, scenes of Shiv-vivah, nine goddesses and Lord Ram's 'Vanvas' were also carved on stones at Padawali's shrine.

However, near Padawali, there is also a cluster of 400 small and large Shiv temples of 11th century constructed during the regime of Pratihar Kings.

Among these shrines there is also a 115-feet tall giant chariot temple known as Kakanmath. It was built by Kachhwah king Kirtiraj on the wish of his queen Kakanawati at Sihonia in district's Ambah tahsil. It was built with giant rocks without using limestone and mud as adhesives.

''We have great concern for this ancient heritage and we will soon try to develop basic amenities for the benefit of tourists,'' said Collector Akash Tripathi.

UNI

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