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The ruined Kakanmath temple is rich in sculptures and nicely carved stone images. Though it is in a dilapidated state, the entire edifice has irresistible charm that no body can ignore it. Lots of tourists visit this historical heritage site that stands still today in spite of the damages it suffered in an earthquake in the past.
Close to Gwalior at Sihoniya (Morena District) in Madhya Pradesh, India is located a strange-looking Hindu temple dedicated to one of the trinity Gods Shiva. Built by the Kachchhapaghata ruler Kirttiraja ( (r. c. 1015 -1035 CE) in the 11th century, what you see now is a ruined part of an original temple complex called Kakanmath temple. The inscriptions found at the Sas-Bahu Temple in Gwalior confirm this. From the inscriptions we understand that the ruler commissioned an extraordinary temple primarily dedicated to the lord of Kailash at Siṁhapānīya (modern Sihoniya). It is said that the original complex had a main temple surrounded by four subsidiary shrines. What is left out is only the remnants of the central temple . As for the outer walls, the tower balconies, etc., they became ruined and fell apart. Reason: It is postulated that the damage to the temple complex was caused by an earthquake. The Shiva temple was excavated from the huge mounds of rubble dirt. Though the tower of the temple appears damaged, its majesty and elegance will certainly leave a lasting impression on the visitors. The temple is a monument of national Importance listed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
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