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Dashavtar temple, Vidisha

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The Dashavatara Temples as they are popularly known are a cluster of small Vaishnava shrines, each dedicated to one or the other of the ten incarnations of Vishnu. It is locally popular as the Sadhavatara Temple and lies to the North of a local lake in the town of Badoh in Kurwai near Vidisha. The scenic beauty of the alignment makes these ancient temples worth a visit.

These temples are built between the 8th to 10th centuries AD. There are also ruins of several sati pillars from the 9th or 10th centuries in the western bank of the lake. Out of these several pillars, one has carvings on four sides with faces that show Hara-Gauri in seated position with dancers and a band of musician. A male sculpture can also be seen that holds up both his hands in utter devotion.

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