Bijolia Group of Temples

Bhilwara, Rajasthan

Rear view of the twin-shrine Mahakal Temple and the Hazareshwar Temple on its left, from the Mandakini Kund

The Bijolia group of temples, located in the Bhilwara district of Rajasthan, represents a significant chapter in the region's rich architectural heritage. Located in the quaint town of Bijolia, the complex, protected under the Jaipur Circle of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), stands as a timeless marvel amidst the Uparmal plateau, formerly known as Vindhyavali. The complex includes three temples and a kund (water tank). The group of temples is much renowned for the first one the Mahakal Temple, also popularly called the Bijoliyan Mahadeva Temple. The other two temples are the Hazareshwar Temple and Undeshwar Temple. The serene Mandakini Kund adds to the spiritual ambience of this historical site.

Although somewhat different in their architectural expressions each of these temples shares a common architectural blueprint, comprising a garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum), antarala (vestibule or antechamber), and a mandapa (pillared hall). These temples are notable for their intricate designs, historical inscriptions, and religious significance, showcasing the architectural brilliance of the period from the 10th to the 13th centuries CE.

This module on the Bijolia group of temples encompasses an array of content elements, including an overview article, photo essays, and an image gallery. The overview article serves as an entry point to the history and architectural features of the temple group. The photo essay on Hazareshwar Temple investigates various facets of the temple—its name, history and architecture. The photo essay on the Undeshwar Temple offers a journey through its sculptural program, with a special focus on the divine figures gracing the external walls of the main sanctum. A photo essay on the Mandakini Kund. Through detailed exploration of its architectural intricacies, sculptural remnants, and ancient inscriptions, the essay illuminates Mandakini's storied past and enduring appeal. A photo essay on the Mandakini Kund and an image gallery serve as a visual walkthrough, capturing the intricate details of the complex. The module also comprises on architectural drawings of these historical architectures.