Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Daityasudan Temple Lonar

Marthwada-Vidharbha Circuit- 8 days, 1750 Kms
Pune-Ahmednagar-Parbhani-
Navagarh-Jintur (480 Kms)
Jintur-
Lonar-Mehekar-Karanja (216 Kms)
Karnja-Amravati--Chikhaldara (153 Kms)
Chikhaldara-Partwada-Muktagiri (44Kms)
Chikhaldara-Semadoh-Chikhaldara (50Kms)

Muktagiri-Achalpur-Akot-Shegaon (120 Kms)
Shegaon-Mehekar-SindkhedRaja-Jalna-Aurangabad- (265 Kms)
Aurangabad-Nagar-Pune (236 Kms)



Type: Temple
Base Village: Lonar
Where: From Aurangabad its around 150 Kms. Nearest town is Sultanpur-14Kms away. Alternatively it’s about 80 kms from Jintur if you are approaching from Parbhani side.
Route: Jintur-Lonar
Time visited: October 2011
Time to see around: 1 hour
How to reach: It’s in the heart of the city.
Guide: Available at MTDC Resort
My Meter reading from Pune: 580 Kms




If you are on your own you may want to ask for "The old stone temple" if you want accurate directions as lot of them are not aware of its official name.




Daityasudan Temple dedicated to Vishnu dated to the Chalukya Dynasty. Built in Hemadpanthi style has plinth of 1.5 m in height.
All over the exterior wall it has beautiful scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata.










Several exquisite figures of gods and goddess are seen.
The detailed carvings on the sides of an old entrance which was now locked.
 
Typically seen are several dancing poses and artistic ones like ‘shringar’.



There are several carvings similar to what is seen at Khajuraho temples.


The temple is very basic from inside. Area out-side the sanctum is dark and the ceiling reveals beautiful carvings under a torch light.


The idol of this temple is made of an ore with high metal content and looks like stone.


The temple is must visit if you are visiting Lonar. After visiting Lonar we proceeded to our next destination-Karanja.

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