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Tigawa (or Tigowa) is a village in Madhya Pradesh with a complex of temple remains,[1] near Bahuriband, Jabalpur. The well known Gupta period known as Kankali Devi temple is well preserved.

The Kankali Devi Temple, often referred to as the Tigawa temple, has a sanctum and an open portico supported on four pillars. The portico was covered with walls containing panels during a later period. It is covered with a flat roof. It is one of the few Gupta period temples that have survived.[2] It is very similar to the Gupta period temple at Sanchi.

An image of Narasimha is placed inside the sanctum. The portico has an image of the Sheshashai Vishnu and another one of Chamunda (Kankali Devi). Attached to the temple is a large unusual Buddha-like image with snakes on the top.

An eighth-century CE inscription mentions the visit of a Umadeva of Kanyakubja, son of Samanya Bhatta, who had come to worship at the temple of Setabhadra.[3] There are also two inscriptions in Sankha Lipi.[4]


  1. ^ 4.Cunningham, Alexander (1879). Report of a Tour in the Central Province in 1873-74-75-76 (Vol IX). Archaeological Survey of India. New Delhi, p. 41.
  2. ^ Kalādarśana: American Studies in the Art of India Volume 9 of Studies in South Asian Culture, Universiteit van Amsterdam. Instituut voor Zuid-Aziatische Archeologie, Joanna Gottfried Williams, 1981, p.160
  3. ^ 2.Bhandarkar, D R (1981). Corpus Inscriptionum Indicarum Vol III. Archaeological Survey of India. New Delhi
  4. ^ Symbol, script, and writing: from petrogram to printing and further, Subrata Gangopadhyaya, Sharada Pub. House, 2004

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