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Tigawa − Kankali Devi temple

Tigawa (or Tigowa) is a village in Madhya Pradesh with a complex of temple remains,[1] near Bahuriband, Jabalpur. The known Gupta period temple of Kankali Devi is well preserved and dates to the fifth century.[2][3][4]

The Kankali Devi Temple, and there is also a Vishnu temple, this temple is very famous 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.[5] 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 (Narayana) and another one of Chamunda (Kankali Devi). Attached to the temple is a large unusual Buddha-like or Tirthankar-like image with snakes above the head.

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.[6] There are also two inscriptions in Sankha Lipi.[7]

Nearby site[edit]

A Jain temple of with a massive image of Lord Shatinath is in nearby Bahuriband which has a Kalchuri period inscription.


  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. ^ Momin, A R, The Legacy of G.S. Ghurye: A Centennial Festschrift. 1996.
  3. ^ Ramanujan, S R, The Lord of Vengadam: A Historical Perspective. Partridge Publishing, 2014.
  4. ^ Prakash, Om, Cultural History of India. 2005.
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ 2.Bhandarkar, D R (1981). Corpus Inscriptionum Indicarum Vol III. Archaeological Survey of India. New Delhi
  7. ^ Symbol, script, and writing: from petrogram to printing and further, Subrata Gangopadhyaya, Sharada Pub. House, 2004

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Coordinates: 23°42′40″N 80°02′58″E / 23.7111°N 80.0494°E / 23.7111; 80.0494