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Bhitargaon temple, Kanpur


The name of the temple Bhitargaon also suggests its location. According to the legend, it was located in the inner area of an ancient village called Pushp pur or Phoolpur. Bhitargaon has an ancient temple which was built in 6th century during the golden Gupta period of India. Hence the temple got its name after the village.

Bhitargaon temple is regarded as the oldest Hindu sacred place having a high roof or Shikhara. The 68.25 feet tall structure from the ground was built with terracotta and 18 inch long, 9 inch wide and 3 inch bricks. It is built upon a 36 feet by 47 feet platform. The walls of the temple are 8 feet thick.

It contains a vaulted arch which was used for the first time in India. The whole structure is a testimony to the state of architecture in those days. The 15 feet by 15 feet sanctum is constructed in two stories, and it represents the Hindu concept of repentance of nar and naryan over the kidnapping of goddess Sita.


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