The Lonar Crater is credited with being the world’s one and only salt water lake in basaltic rock. Located in the village of Lonar, the crater is said to have been a result of a meteorite that hit the Earth a mind boggling 52,000 years ago. The Crater is presently surrounded by lush green forests and a huge variety of birds.
Fowls like ducks, owls, peacocks and red-wattled lapwings can especially be seen here quite often. The lake, however, does not support life and has no plant or marine life. The Lake by itself is a beautiful attraction to view. It is best experienced in the twilight, just before the sun sets. The Lonar Sarovar nearby, is home to several medicinal and aromatic plants and shrubs.
There also lies the Kamalja Mata Temple in the vicinity, about 3 km away. Tourists who are generally curious about the Universe’s mysteries and are inclined towards geology or science, must absolutely pay a visit to this place at least once in their lifetime.
The Daitya Sudan Temple at Lonar is styled in a similar manner to the Khajuraho Temple. The temple was built in dedication to Lord Vishnu, during the 6th and 12th A.D. – the period during which India was under the reign of the mighty Chalukya Dynasty.
The temple looks like an irregular and asymmetrical star, resembling the Hemadpathi style of architecture. This place of worship has beautiful carvings on its walls. The idol itself is built with an ore and looks like it is made of stone. The shrine is pretty dark and the carvings aforementioned are revealed only with the help of a torch light.
The temple’s pedestal is about 1.5 m high and the incomplete roof hints at an intended pyramidal tower that was not gone ahead with. The exterior walls have carved figures that depict the history of that era.