Maharashtra is known for its marvelous architecture and spiritual spots. Being the third largest state of India, it houses people belonging to different cultures and faiths. People belonging to various ethnicities bring their own uniqueness to the state’s architecture.
Maharashtra is quite popular among Hindu pilgrims as it is the home of 3 out of 12 Jyotirlingas and which is why they are a lot more than just pilgrimage sites to them. The temples in the state are majorly influenced by the Peshwa dynasty. The temples situated around Mumbai showcases Dravidian architectural style and often the temples are decorated with ornate and intricate architectural designs.
‘Amruteshwar temple’ which was built by the rulers of ‘Shilahara dynasty’ dedicated it to Lord Shiva. It is one of the most astounding temples of India as it has a backdoor unlike traditional temples which have entry and exit through the same door.
The temple is in a secluded region and lies on the banks of holy river Pravara at Ratanwadi village in the Igatpuri region of Maharashtra. The temple has been constructed in ‘Hemadpanthi’ architectural style. The main shrine has beautiful rock carvings and the walls, ceiling are covered with lovely murals. The ‘Mantapa’ has 12 pillars with impressively carved statues and flowers. Since it is remotely situated it is beautifully covered and surrounded with greenery, tourists find the temple and the ride to be calming ,beautiful and therapeutic.
‘Trimbakeshwar temple’ is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. It is an ancient temple known for its extraordinary feature of Linga as it embodies ‘Tridev’ that is, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. It was built with black basaltic rock and its architectural style is influenced by ‘Hemadpanthi’ and ‘Bhumija’ style. The temple is quite popular among tourists and devotees come from all over the world to take blessings of Lord shiva.
‘Rupnarayan Temple’ which also known as ‘Sundernarayan Temple’ is probably one of the oldest temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is located on the way to Divegar beach. The temple finds lot of pilgrims and tourists visiting it for its famous Vishnu sculpture. The jaw dropping sculpture is carved in such a way that one can observe all four avatars of Lord Vishnu in clockwise direction.
The temple of ‘Ambernath’ is one of the oldest temples on the banks of Waldhuni river of the Thane district, Maharashtra. This Shivalay is a typical representation of ‘Bhumija’ type of architecture and is constructed using a coarse brownish stone. The pillars are carved with figures of Gods, Goddesses and Apsaras with various designs and intricate carvings on the top layer of the temple. The temple is a famous attraction and usually finds numerous followers of Lord Shiva.
Maharashtra adorns itself with plethora of temples with beautiful styles of architecture, one can go on a pilgrimage to experience solitude and peace whilst architecture aficionados have a blast!
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