Gyaraspur

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Gyaraspur
town, tehsil
A Bhairavnath sculpture from Gyaraspur (dated to 9-10th century)
A Bhairavnath sculpture from Gyaraspur (dated to 9-10th century)
Gyaraspur is located in Madhya Pradesh
Gyaraspur
Gyaraspur
Location in Madhya Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 23°40′N 78°6′E / 23.667°N 78.100°E / 23.667; 78.100Coordinates: 23°40′N 78°6′E / 23.667°N 78.100°E / 23.667; 78.100
CountryIndia
StateMadhya Pradesh
DistrictVidisha
BlockGyaraspur
Area
 • Total11 km2 (4 sq mi)
 • Water2.7 km2 (1.0 sq mi)
Population
 • Total7,000
 • Density640/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
466661

Gyaraspur is at town in the Vidisha district, Madhya Pradesh, India. It is also the headquarters of a tehsil of the same name.[1]

History[edit]

Gyaraspur was of considerable importance in medieval India. The place has several ruins of several old Hindu, Jain and Buddhist places of worship. These include Maladevi Temple, Hindola Torna and the Bajramath Temple.[2] [3]

Transport[edit]

Gyaraspur is located near Vidisha (38 km) and Sanchi. Udaipura, famous for its heritage temples, can be reached via Gulabganj and basauda.

Topography :Gyaraspur lies in a gorge of some low steep hills, at distance of about 38.4 km north-east from the district and Tehsil headquarters town, Vidisha.. The place is situated on the old high road to Sagar. Buses ply on the road.

Places to visit in Gyaraspur The extensive ruins, scattered in and around the Tehsil, narrate the story of glory that was Gyaraspur in the late ancient and early medieval times. These ruins indicate that the place has passed through the influence of Buddhism, Brahmanism and Jainism.

  1. Maladevi TempleThis temple is quite picturesquely situated on the slope of a hill overlooking the valley. Located on a huge platform cut out of the hillside and strengthened by a massive retaining wall, Maladevi temple is in fact imposing and stupendous building. It comprise an entrance-porch, a hall and a shrine surrounded by a circumambulatory passage and crowned with a lofty Shikara all covered with rich carving. Though now jain images occupy the shrine room and hall, a figure of a goddess occupying the dedicatory block on the outer door frame and other decorative sculptures probably indicate that the temple was originally dedicated to some goddess and it was subsequently appropriated by the Jains.
  2. Hindola Torna:It is one of the 'Toranas' or ornamental entrance arches leading to a large temple either of Vishnu or of Trimurti. Hindola means a swing, and this tarana with its two upright pillars and cross-beam has a truly connotative name. All the four sides of the two lofty pillars are carved into panels with insets of the ten incarnations of Vishnu.
  3. Bajramath/Vajramath Temple:The bajramath is a fine example of a very rare class of temples with three shrines or cells placed abreast. All these shrines now occupied by Jain idols belonging to the Digambara sect. But it is clear from the sculptures placed on the door frames and niches on the basement that originally these shrines sheltered the Hindu Trinity. More precisely the central shrine was dedicated to Surya, the southern to Vishnu and the northern to Siva. The carving of the doorway is exceptionally fine and vigorous. The Shikara of the temple is unusual in its plan and design.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Reports of National Panchayat Directory. Ministry of Panchayati Raj. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Places to visit in Gyaraspur". Collectorate, Vidisha. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
  3. ^ Somerset Playne; R. V. Solomon; J. W. Bond; Arnold Wright (1922). Arnold Wright (ed.). Indian states: a biographical, historical, and administrative survey (illustrated, reprint ed.). Asian Educational Services. p. 57. ISBN 978-81-206-1965-4.