Bavka Shiva Temple, Gujarat

The 'Khajuraho of Gujarat' is an ancient Shiva temple located in the distant village of Bavka in Gujarat's Dahod district. According to mythology, a devadasi (temple dancer) erected this temple in a single night, although an inscription discovered in the temple dates it to the 10th century. This temple was constructed in the typical panchayatana style, and it harkens back to the Solanki period's golden phase.

Despite the fact that the Bavka Shiva Temple is currently gravely damaged, its rich history and grandeur appear to have been preserved, as seen by the exquisite carvings on the walls and pillars. Each position is carved out of the legendary Kamasutra of Vatsyayana, with its detailed details and tale. In the characteristic fascinating style of Gandharva kanyas, there are representations of apsaras in dancing postures wearing gorgeous jewels. The apsara statues that can be found all over the temple are stunning, and their masterful rendition will leave you speechless.

The incredibly complete Rati krida is a treasure trove of knowledge. Mahmud of Ghazni and his marauders attacked this magnificent shrine, fleeing with costly antiques, statues, and idols. The amazing sculptures weave many beautiful stories, despite the fact that both the spire and dome have collapsed.

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Bavka Shiva Temple open at 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM - Everyday

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