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Village Birkha, Rajnandgaon


Birkha is a religious site in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh. There is a Shiva Temple which is constructed of stone and faces the eastern direction. It is 3km from Gandai tehsil and the location is picturesque as it is nestled by the hills. Though partially the temple has been ruined, the main temple still houses garbha-griha and mandapa. They are properly walled and a shiva linga is placed on Yonipitha at the garbha-griha.

The entrance of the temple specially the doorjamb is finely decorated. Standing Shiva seems to be the doorkeeper while the backdrop is finely designed with Ghata-Pallava motif. Bhairava Nandi and Ganesha sculptures are also found on the temple premises which are also worshipped by the devout devotees.

The temple is considered a fine work of architecture being constructed by the Nagavamshi rulers in the 10th–11th century. It proves the amazing work of art in the category of regional temples during that period.

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