Dashavatara Temple, Deogarh

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The Dashavatara temple is one the earliest known temples in north India and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is believed to have been built during the Gupta Period. The temple, which is mostly in ruins, depicts the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu and also has some interesting features such as the carvings of the river goddesses Ganga and Yamuna on the doorway leading to the sanctum sanctorum and the carved panels of Vaishnava mythology.

The temple also features the idol of Lord Vishnu is a position of Nar Narayan Tapasya and another one which shows Him in a reclining on a serpent. The temple is a major pilgrimage destination for the Hindus and attracts devotees the year round and more specifically during the time of festivities. It was the first temple in north India today to have a shikara, though most of which has now disappeared.

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