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Manduk Mandir At Oel – Frog Temple In Lakhimpur Kheri District in Uttar Pradesh

Manduk Mandir, translated as Frog Temple, is famous Tantric temple located at Oel in Lakhimpur Kheri district in Uttar Pradesh. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple is located atop a yantra on the back of a frog sculpture as per Tantric rules. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and a shivling is worshipped in the sanctum sanctorum.

Legend has it that the temple changed the luck of a king of Neemrana dynasty. The temple was built by the former king of Oel State around 1870 AD.

This temple is built at the back of a large frog in the area 18 x 25 sqr.mtr. It is constructed between an octahedral lotus.

The temple attracts thousands of devotees during Diwali, Shivratri and Mondays in Shravan month.

In Tantrism frog is a symbol of fertility and prosperity. The spirit and architecture of the tantric temple brings good luck to the devotee.

Manduk mandir is a massive edifice with a seven-tier finial. The temple has an unusual architecture and even more unusual sculptures. The outer wall is studded with sculptures of tantric and Hindu gods and goddesses while the inner walls are embellished with multi-color paintings done in vegetable colors. The carved figures on the finial, rising more than 100 feet from ground is topped by Shiva and Shakti, are exquisite.

Mother Goddess Shakti is everywhere in the temple right from the finial to the outside wall and onto the inside of the temple. All the 10 Mahavidyas can be seen in the temple. Chinnamasta form of Goddess is depicted on one of the temple walls here and this is highly unusual.

The exterior of the temple wall is studded with sculptures of gods and goddess from Hindu pantheon. The sculptures are set in niches decorated with exquisite floral work. Another unusual feature is the presence of four towers built on four corners with sculptures on the exterior and vegetable color paintings on the inner walls.