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Madhya Pradesh – The Ancient City of Bhojpur

Written By: Manoj

Bhojpur is a 11th century city located on the sandstone ridges of Central India. It is one of the tourist hotspots in Madhya Pradesh. The Betwa river flows beside this laidback ancient city that adds an old world charm to Bhojpur tourism.

Among the places to see in Bhojpur is a breathtaking structure consisting of two dams intelligently constructed out of massive stones in order to divert and block the Betwa river, thus creating a lake.

Bhojpur is named after the most illustrious ruler of the Paramara dynasty, King Bhoja. The dams constructed under his rule are an illustrious example of Cyclopean masonry, making it a major tourist attraction in Bhojpur.

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Bhoja's Royal Palace

Bhoja's Royal Palace

Venture out to visit the remains of the Bhoja's Royal Palace. The entire palace is now destroyed with only the foundations surviving. Even though, the palace is not present in its full might, the foundations do give the onlookers a hint about the possible valor it had in the yesteryears. The complex is laid out in a grid structure, with its courtyard lying in the centre. The palace with its carved blocks and engraved graffiti on the rock floor is spectacular.

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Parvati Cave

Parvati Cave

The Parvati Cave is a typical rock shelter on the west side of the Betwa. The cave is now used by religious mendicants. A visit to the cave can take you to the marvelous 11th century world where you can see a lot of ancient sculptures and architectural fragments. Since it is still a hub of religious mendicants, the flavour of the space is as lively as it might have been thousands of years ago.

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Bhojeshwar Temple

Bhojeshwar Temple

Bhojeshwar Temple is a magnificent structure even though it is incomplete. The temple dedicated to Lord Siva holds one of the largest Shivlingams in India. Carved out of a single rock, the lingam in the sanctum is of a breathtaking 7.5 ft tall and has a circumference of 17.8 ft. With the Shivlingam in its enormous and intricate alignment, the temple prides its position as the ‘Somnath of the East'.

Photo Courtesy:Nagarjun Kandukuru

Jain Temples

Jain Temples

A must visit place in Bhojpur are the Jain Temples which lie close to the Bhojeshwar Temple. Here, you can view yet another incomplete structure of the legendary Jain shrine. It has three figures of the Thirthankaras characteristic of all Jain Temples. Among these, the most important one is the colossal statue of Mahavira standing at a height of 20 ft. The remaining two statues are of Paraswanath.

Photo Courtesy: Atishay monty

Rock Drawings And Quarries

Rock Drawings And Quarries

Among the places to visit in Bhojpur are the rock drawings and quarries which are the remnants of the great temple. The temple was left unfinished and a series of massive architectural parts can be seen at the site. It is here that the stones were cut, chiseled and decorated to be taken to the temple. There are also a major number of engravings, moldings, pillars and temple plans visible in the surrounding.

Photo Courtesy: Zippymarmalade

How to Reach Bhojpur

How to Reach Bhojpur

By Air: The closest airport is at Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh at a distance of 44 km. The Raja Bhoj International Airport is well connected with the cities Mumbai, Delhi, Jabalpur, Indore and Gwalior.

By Train: Closest railway station to Bhojpur is Bhopal Junction Railway Station. It is on the main north-south line and is well connected by rail to almost all parts of the country.

By Road: Bhojpur has good connectivity with Bhopal via road. Bhopal being the railroad and highway transportation hub; it has a very effective inter-state road transport facilities. The inter-state bus terminal in Bhopal is near the Habibganj station.

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