Wherever I go, I make it a point to visit some of the important temples there. So during our stay at Raipur, I made plans to visit Bhoramdeo Temple, which I was told, was one of the ancient temples in India, dedicated to Lord Siva. It is about 140 km from Raipur and so we got up early in the morning, had a bath, breakfast and then started for the temple. It took more than two hours to reach the temple. It was one of the marvelous temples I have ever seen, with great architectural beauty. The place itself was very scenic and the temple was built on the mountain ranges, which added to its beauty.
It was built during the period from 7th century to the 11th century by King Ramachandra of Nag Dynasty. It is built on the banks of the River Sakri. Historians and architects are greatly attracted to this temple because of its antiquity and the wonderful architecture. The temple is a fine example of the architectural skills of the ancient people and bears a close resemblance to the temple at Kahajuraho. So, it is also called Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh. On the wall near the entrance were beautiful life size sculptures of Lord Shiva and Ganesha, and Lord Vishnu and his other incarnations. In front of the temple there is a big statue of Nandi, the bull of Lord Shiva.
The main temple here consists of two parts. One is called ishtika made temple and the other one is completely made of stone. It is constructed on a five feet platform and I saw a lake in front of the temple. It has a Mandap-shelter, Antral-passage and the Garbha Grih- the sanctum Santorum. It faces the east and has a door on all sides, except at the west. The madapam has high roof and four pillars. In the Garbha Griha the sivalinga is placed. The top of the Garbha Griha goes up to the summit of the temple, the Kalash. Other idols in the temple are Uma-Maheswar, Lord Krishna, Kartikeya, Surya, Kal Bhairava, Chamunda, Narasimha and so on.
The beauty of the temple kept us captivated to the place and we spent a lot of time here admiring various aspects of the temple.