Kiradu Temple Ruins (Rajasthan)

Kiradu Temples (originally called Kiradkot) located 35kms from district Barmer, Rajasthan date back to 11th -12th century A.D. It was a complex of about 108 temples of which ruins of five survive. Muslim invaders raided, defaced the statues of Gods, mutilated the female figurines and destroyed the temple complex to pieces.

The temple complex was constructed from sandstone. The columns, capitals, cornices, column reliefs, ceilings…….each nook and corner is intricately carved and depicts scenes from the epics ”  Ramayana and Mahabharata” and the incarnations of “Lord Vishnu“. There are elaborate carvings of elephant and horse riders, war scenes and scenes from routine life of people. The larger of the surviving ruins is supposedly a dance hall for the king ‘s entertainment. There are carvings at places, of dinosaur look-alike and  creatures with dragon-face too.

According to a  lore popular among the local folks , a hermit cursed the city “Kiradkot”. He let one potter’s wife leave the town and warned her not to turn back but she did and turned into a stone statue which  might be somewhere on outskirts of the complex. However we, while visiting the temples, did not come across any life-size  female statue.

A beautiful place to visit and spend an evening soaking up the beauty of the stone carvings and reveling in the craftsmanship of ancient age.

About shoma abhyankar

I like to believe that I am a creative person. I read, write, paint, sketch, rustle up some quick and some elaborate meals for friends and family, love chess, su-doku and scrabble, can hum an old Hindi song tentatively, always stand up for women rights, hate fake people, bugs, roaches, spiders and cigarette smokers!! I graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Architecture in 1998. Soon after, I married an officer in Indian Air Force and have been on move since then. For a brief time of two years when we were posted in Pune, I worked as a junior architect in a firm. Being aware of frequent movement that we would have to live with, I chose to be a homemaker and concentrated on creating a warm and welcoming home for my family. But sitting at home without any creative activity was not my cup of tea. I learnt candle making and soon put up an exhibition at Poona Club when my daughter was barely a year old. I also enjoyed a short stint as a home-based entrepreneur, supplying chocolates and cakes on demand, while we were posted in Bareilly. With an inclination towards writing, I completed a diploma in ‘Creative Writing in English’ from Symbiosis College of Distance Learning, Pune. Then I discovered the blogosphere. Now I hope to not only travel and share my experiences with the world but also to pen a book someday....
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6 Responses to Kiradu Temple Ruins (Rajasthan)

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  2. Kev says:

    Brilliant pics… reminds me somewhat of when I went to Ephesus. :)


  3. Uta Schröder says:

    These temples are really beautful!
    I like to use some of your images for academic purpose (phD thesis), if you agree with that.
    I didnt find any mail adress so I try to get in contact here.
    Could you reply via mail?
    Ms. Uta


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