It is easy to decipher that Bhoramdeo refers to the Hindu Lord Shiva’s name. The Bhoramdeo Temple is not just a single temple, but a complex of temples all pledged to Lord Shiva. For the first time I have come to see a temple with architectural features that have erotic sculptures apart from the Khajuraho or Konark Sun Temples.
My journey into the temple complex was welcomed by the sculpted figure of Nandi, the sacred vahan of Lord Shiva under a colorful arch. The alamade is laid out like an esplanade with huge trees on either sides. A man made lake holds the sight of all visitors with the backdrop of the Maikal Mountains.
The Bhoramdeo Temple is built of stone. The entire complex is set at the foot of the scenic thickly forested Maikal Range Hills. Dating to 1100 AD and much older than the Khajuraho Temple Groups, the brick temples were built during the rule of Pandavas.
The sensuous sculptures on the exterior walls took me by much surprise. They in fact represent the Kama Sutra, reflecting the then prevailing cultural, agricultural, religious and social ethos of the region. It is said that these fifty-four erotic postures also reflect on the tantric culture practiced by the Nagawanshi Kings.
Within the complex the other temples one will come across are the Istaliq temple, Chekri Mahal, Madwa Mahal and an Open Air Museum. I was told that the best time to visit the Bhoramdeo Temple was during the Bhoramdeo Mahotsav.
Built by King Ramachandra of Nagar Dynasty in the name of the princess Ambika Devi of Haiya Devi Dynasty whom he married, the Bhoramdeo Temple is a special attraction for lovers of both Archaeology and it’s intriguing history.
The main attraction in the Bhoramdeo Temple Complex is the Shiva Linga Shrine carved to perfection and artistic appeal, beckoning the visitors to utter devotion and focus. So beautiful is the Temple that Sir Cunningham is said to have termed the Temple as ‘one of the most beautifully decorated temple seen by him.’
Don’t believe us? Come here and experience the magic take you captive too.