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ATULYA BHARAT HATKESHWAR TEMPLE AND AMTHERMATA TEMPLE VADNAGAR NORTH GUJARAT

ATULYA BHARAT HATKESHWAR TEMPLE AND AMTHERMATA TEMPLE VADNAGAR NORTH GUJARAT

ATULYA BHARAT HATKESHWAR TEMPLE AND AMTHERMATA TEMPLE VADNAGAR NORTH GUJARAT

This profusely carved 17th century temple just outside town enshrines Hatkeshwar Mahadev, the family deity of Nagar Brahmins, who were once a prominent community in Vadnagar.

The temple’s inner sanctum houses a Shiva linga said to have self-emerged (swayambhu). From the roof of the sanctum a massive shikhar soars high into the sky. Facing east, the temple is enclosed by a high wall topped by three circular domes interspersed with flat stretches in the Indo-Saracenic tradition.

The exterior of the temple is exquisitely ornamented with figures of the nine planets, musicians, evocative dancing apsaras, regent deities, the chief gods of the Hindu pantheon, scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata, and varied animal and floral motifs. The premises also have an ancient Kashivishveshvara Shiva temple, a Swaminarayan temple and two Jain temples.
Amther Mata Mandir is the oldest existing temple. In fact it is an enclosed complex of a total of six large and small temples. The temples are built on large spacious platforms, reminiscent of Khajuraho temples in their architecture. The main temple faces west. At present it houses an image of goddess Ambaji. Its external niches contain images of Parvati, Mhishasumardini, and several other gods. Behind the main temple there are smaller shrines of Vishnu, Saptamatrikas, Surya, and other gods. Vadnagar is the only place, besides Modhera, having an ancient Sun temple in the region.

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1459744_942655195822839_4731458030300477421_nAmther Mata Mandir is the oldest existing temple. In fact it is an enclosed complex of a total of six large and small temples. The temples are built on large spacious platforms, reminiscent of Khajuraho temples in their architecture. The main temple faces west. At present it houses an image of goddess Ambaji. Its external niches contain images of Parvati, Mhishasumardini, and several other gods. Behind the main temple there are smaller shrines of Vishnu, Saptamatrikas, Surya, and other gods. Vadnagar is the only place, besides Modhera, having an ancient Sun temple in the region.

HATKESHWAR TEMPLE VADNAGAR NORTH GUJARAT

By Jigna Shah

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