Kaleshwari group of Monuments, Gujarat

The Kaleshwari group of monuments is a collection of monuments in Mahisagar district. The ruins are situated on a mound in the foothills. They were created between the tenth and sixteenth centuries, with certain monuments being rebuilt after the eighteenth century. These are monuments that are protected by the state. This location was once home to a historic settlement known as Lavaneshwari, which is now known as Lavana.

The site is beside a watercourse that has been dammed up and is now a check dam. These locations are traditionally associated with Mahabharata characters. In the 10th century, the Shiva temple was built along with Mulaprasada Shrine Proper and Sabhamandap Assembly Hall. Later, the temple was destroyed. In the 11th or 12th century, the Kund reservoir was built. The twin stepwells Sasu ni Vav and Vahu ni Vav were constructed between the 14th and 15th centuries. On the neighbouring hillock, Bhim Chauri temple were built in the 14th to 15th centuries, followed by Arjun Chauri, and Hidimba temples in the 15th to 16th centuries.

Kaleshwari Group of Monuments Temples are currently all in ruins. Mala Rana, the ruler of Lunawada State, is reported to have restored it in 1549, although the inscription has faded. On Mahashivaratri and Janmashtami, annual tribal fairs are held, which attract a large number of people and artists. Artists from Gujarat and beyond perform traditional and tribal dances, folk music, and shows. Malela Jeev, a novel by Pannalal Patel, mentions the fair. Manavi-Ni Bhavai, a Gujarati film, shot some sequences here. The Kaleshwari Group of Monuments Temple is a must-see attraction in Gujarat. Visitors will be amazed by the intricate details on every pillar and wall.


Kaleshwari Group of Monuments & Temples open at 07:00 AM to 06:00 PM

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