Sahastra Bahu Temples

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Sahasra Bahu Temple1

At Nagda in Rajasthan, stand the remains of the Sahasra Bahu temples[1] of the early 10th century AD, dedicated to Vishnu. They are locally referred to as Sas Bahu temples (a local corruption of the original Sahasra-Bahu, meaning "One with thousand arms", a form of Vishnu). Nagda was once an important city of Mewar, possibly a capital of one of its rulers.

The temples are now in partial ruins but one can still marvel at their original splendour, the artisanry and the perfect geometry that must have been the hallmark of that era! Roads made with white marble are also an attraction of the village[citation needed].

Lotus flower painting is visible on the roof top of temple[citation needed]. Iltutmish (Delhi emperor of that time) destroyed Nagda in 1226[citation needed].

The temple is on the Archaeological Survey of India's list of heritage monuments.

The site is very easily accessible by road, only about 20 km from Udaipur (one of the main lake & palace hotspots of Tourism in Rajasthan), a mere 2.7 km from the well frequented Shaivite shrine of Eklingji, or 30 km from the hugely popular Vaishnavite shrine town of Nathdwara.

For those excited by India's History & Archaeology, this site deserves to be hot on the tourist map but sadly isn't.

Sahasra[2]is the correct prefix that means "a thousand", not SahasTra. However, it is invariably misspelled as the latter. Notice how the same prefix is spelled when referring to the crown chakra: "Sahasrara Chakra"[3] or when it occurs in family names (example: Sahasrabuddhe[4]) without a T. Also see Sahasralinga[5][better source needed]. The confusion arises because the hindi letter "Sa" (स) merges with "ra" (र) and looks like "tra".


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  4. ^ "Sahasrabuddhe".
  5. ^ "Sahasralinga".

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Coordinates: 24°44′10″N 73°43′15″E / 24.73611°N 73.72083°E / 24.73611; 73.72083