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Basheshwar Mahadev Temple At Bajaura In Kullu – Himachal Pradesh

Basheshwar Mahadev Temple is located at Bajaura and is around 15 kms from Kullu town in Himachal Pradesh.

Basheshwar Mahadev temple is dedicated to Shiva as Vishweshwar – Lord of the Universe. The deity is carved in his three-faced form above the central porch. Within, three niches have images of Ganesha, Vishnu and Durga.

The Devi Durga murti is shown in particularly active form, eight-armed and in the process of killing Shumbha and Nishumbha. Below is the buffalo demon, his head sliced off, while the lion of Durga tears at other demons.

In some of its details, this sculpture resembles the bronze murti of Hateshwari Mata at Hatkoti.

The murti of Vishnu on the other hand is far more peaceful: the god is flanked by attendants, his long hair flowing gracefully to his shoulders.

The temple Shikhara rises to a great height while the garbhagriha or sanctum sanctorum measures 2.18 square meters and enshrines a Shivling.

The temple entrance has the familiar figures of Ganga and Yamuna, while its outer walls are covered with elaborate and varied carvings.

Basheshwar Mahadev temple is of great archaeological interest, as temple towers of this type, built entirely of stone, are as rare as in the hills as they are common in the plains.

The temple is under the jurisdiction of the Archeological Survey of India (ASI).