Markanda Mahadev, Chamorshi
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Markanda Mahadev Temple Complex is situated at the River banks of Wainganga River near Chamorshi town in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. This 8th Century CE (1200 years old) Temple Complex is called as Mini Khajuraho. Such is the beauty of this temple complex manufacturing in that time. The village is Marakand Deo which is nearest village. Greatest and oldest temple in this area.
This temple complex is dedicated to Shiva. However, the Markanda name is derived from the Markandeya rishi of Haryana who was an ardent devotee of Shiva. He went into penance for years on the banks of Markanda river, Haryana and finally tried to offer his head to Shiva when Shiva appeared and stopped him from that. He blessed him that there would be a temple on your name.
This temple complex is spread over 40 acres of land & many temples are in dilapidated condition. However, the beauty can be seen all over this place. This is attributed to the Rashtrakuta dynasty which ruled this part of country during 8th till 12th century. This temple has many tantrik images dedicated to Shaivaite cult,
There are many intricate idols (murtis) on the outer walls of this temple complex.
Markanda Mahadev Can be reached while going from Chandrapur to Chamorshi. After reaching a town called Mul, before Chamorshi, we have to take a right turn to reach this stunning beauty. Chandrapur to Markanda Mahadev is 67 km. Nagpur to Markanda Mahadev temple complex is about 190 km. If you want to take bus, you need to reach Chandrapur and take a taxi for to and fro. The nearest railway station is Chandrapur which is well connected to Nagpur, Hyderabad, Delhi, Chennai and Visakhapatanam There are many buses which ply. At present near this temple a beautiful barrage is under construction name as Chichdoh Barrage.It is saturated near to Sawali, Chandrapur i.e. 28.