Kiradu Ancient Temples, Barmer

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Kiradu Ancient Temples are a group of five temples, located at a distance of around 39 km from the city of Barmer in Hathma village. It is evident from an inscription belonging to 1161 AD that Hathma was once called Kiratkoop and served as the capital of the Panwara dynasty.

Among the five temples, Someshwara Temple is the largest. This temple was built in the 11th century and is devoted to Lord Shiva. A multi turreted tower and sculptures of various Hindu Gods and Goddesses are present in this temple. The inner chamber of the temple has a figure of the God while the base of the shrine has a reversely curved lotus.

The other four temples present here are dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. Various scenes from the epic of Ramayana are carved in these temples and the walls contain figures of Apsaras and Vyalas.


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