More than 350 temples are estimated to have existed here. Around 200 temples have already been excavated and work is ongoing to bring out remaining 150 buried temples. When located these temples were only 2-3 ft. above the ground, on an average 5-6 ft. of ground has been dug out to realise the existence of temples. The aura of these legendary ruins has already surrounded us and we were automatically pulled inside the tempting premises.
This cluster of temples is spread over 10 hectares in Chambal ravines. Some of the temples here have sanctum with flat roofs while other temples which probably are added later have finely carved curvilinear over the sanctoms.
Colossal size welcome pillars, one of the pillars was found in 2 pieces and the other one was found in 3 pieces during excavation. Check the carving at the bottom.
Most prominent temple in this complex is Bhuteshwara Temple and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Such beautiful holy premises did come under attacked by the invaders. It is said that Mughal invaders had turned blind when they came to destroy this pious temple.
Statues here are so beautiful that it looks like these have been carved by the Gods and Nature itself. Likewise ten (10) incarnations of Lord Vishnu carved on the stone. Matsya (the fish), Koorma (the tortoise), Varaha (the boar), Narasingh (the human-lion), Vamana (the dwarf), Parasurama (the angry man, Rama with an axe), Lord Rama (the perfect man, king of Ayodhya), Lord Krishna (the divine statesman), and Buddha (all other references talk about Balarama (elder brother of Krishna) and yet to come Kalki avatar (the mighty warrior)…
Be it top or bottom the temples here are exquisitely carved. Check out this beautifully carved temple dome..
This is the most artistic and wonderful carving of the domes, I have come across.
Also this Panchmukhi, 5 headed Shivling (पंचमुखी शिवलिंग ) and Lord Hanuman, with his feet placed over Kamdev and Rati. This is the only one statue of its kind in the world. This statue was found in one piece and very good shape. ASI people were unable to shift Lord Hanuman from this spot, even with the cranes; thereby exposing the limits of human capabilities... Check out Lord hanuman and carvings on Panchmukhi Shivling temple...