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Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple

Kumbhalgarh

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Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple Overview

Ranked 3 of 9 sightseeing in Kumbhalgarh

The Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple is situated close to the fort, near the base of the plains. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and houses a six feet high stone Shivlinga. It is considered to be the only deity of the area that is still worshipped and maintained by the locals.

According to legend, Rana Kumbha offered prayers to the deity in this temple everyday. He was so tall that when he sat on this temple’s floor for offering prayers, his eyes were on level with the deity. He had a tragic death as he was beheaded by his own son, while offering prayers to the Lord.
 

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Anuradha Manjul

Anuradha Manjul4.3/5

24 reviews

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple Kumbhalgarh - The ancient Shiva temple with a unique Shiv ling

Kumbhalgarh Fort is the 2nd largest fort in Rajasthan. It has many unique features including having the 2nd largest wall in the world (after the Great Wall of China) On entering the fort from Ram Pole, one can see the Vedi Complex on left. Located east of the Vedi complex one would find a more than 500 year old Shiva temple. This temple is the Neelkanth Mahadev temple - Neelkanth Mahadev is another name for Lord Shiva (meaning supreme god, one with blue neck - the same happened when Lord Shiva drank the poison or Visha during the Amrit Manthan). It is said that the current structure was made over a dilapidated temple of 10th century. The current temple was built by Rana Kumbha in 1458 AD Hindu temple architecture can be classified in 3 types on the basis of its access and the circumambulatory path built in it - Sandhara, Nirandhara and Sarvatobhadra. The Neelkanth Mahadev temple is a Sarvatobhadra temple - one can enter the temple from all 4 cardinal directions (east, west, north and south). It has an open mandapa (a columned hallway which leads to garbhagriha or inner sanctum) which is visible from far off Another classification of temples is Nagara (North) and Dravida (South) style. This temple is an example of Nagara style On entering the temple from Western side, one would find a large idol of Nandi (just outside the Garbhagriha; garbhagriha means womb chamber, it is small room with no windows, the main shrine which contains a representation or symbol of the main deity). Nandi (the bull) is the vehicle of Lord Shiva, he is also the guardian of gates (gate keeper) of Lord Shiva's abode in Kailasa The garbhagriha contains another uniqueness of this temple - a monolithc Shiva ling (symbolic of Lord Shiva the principle deity) which is 6 ft in height (total of 9 ft from the base). It is made out of a single black Kasauti stone - a stone which is used for checking the purity of gold It is said that when Rana Kumbha (who was known for his great height) sat for the offerings for prayer on the floor, his eyes were on the same level as that of the Shiv ling There is a stone inscription on a pillar on the left side just outside the garbhagriha which informs that renovations were done by Rana Sanga The temple is under ASI (Archaeological Survey of India). There is a board outside which requests you to enter the temple without shoes. There were some wired storage bins for keeping shoes. One can do photography in the temple unlike many Hindu temples no one stops you to do so. The temple also has beautifully carved (but not very intricate) ceiling and pillars and is an example of ancient Indian architectural heritage. The atmosphere in the temple was serene and peaceful and view from the temple amazing One can also enjoy the light and sound show in the evenings from outside the temple Just a small note - while visiting the temple or any religious place (of any religion) one should respect the religious sentiments and avoid disturbing the peace and sanctity of the place.

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Anuradha Manjul

Anuradha Manjul5.0/5

24 reviews

An ancient Shiva temple with a unique Shiv ling

Kumbhalgarh Fort is the 2nd largest fort in Rajasthan. It has many unique features including having the 2nd largest wall in the world (after the Great Wall of China) On entering the fort from Ram Pole, one can see the Vedi Complex on left. Located east of the Vedi complex one would find a more than 500-year-old Shiva temple. This temple is the Neelkanth Mahadev temple - Neelkanth Mahadev is another name for Lord Shiva (meaning supreme god, one with blue neck - the same happened when Lord Shiva drank the poison or Visha during the Amrit Manthan). It is said that the current structure was made over a dilapidated temple of the 10th century. The current temple was built by Rana Kumbha in 1458 AD. Hindu temple architecture can be classified in 3 types on the basis of its access and the circumambulatory path built in it - Sandhara, Nirandhara and Sarvatobhadra. The Neelkanth Mahadev temple is a Sarvatobhadra temple - one can enter the temple from all 4 cardinal directions (east, west, north and south). It has an open mandapa (a columned hallway which leads to garbhagriha or inner sanctum) which is visible from far off. On entering the temple from the Western side, one would find a large idol of Nandi (just outside the Garbhagriha. The garbhagriha contains another uniqueness of this temple - a monolithc Shiva ling (symbolic of Lord Shiva the principle deity) which is 6 ft in height (total of 9 ft from the base). It is made out of a single black Kasauti stone - a stone which is used for checking the purity of gold. It is said that when Rana Kumbha (who was known for his great height) sat for the offerings for prayer on the floor, his eyes were on the same level as that of the Shiv ling There is a stone inscription on a pillar on the left side just outside the garbhagriha which informs that renovations were done by Rana Sanga The temple is under ASI (Archaeological Survey of India). There is a board outside which requests you to enter the temple without shoes. There were some wired storage bins for keeping shoes. One can do photography in the temple unlike many Hindu temples no one stops you to do so. The temple also has beautifully carved (but not very intricate) ceiling and pillars and is an example of ancient Indian architectural heritage. The atmosphere in the temple was serene and peaceful and view from the temple amazing One can also enjoy the light and sound show in the evenings from outside the temple Just a small note - while visiting the temple or any religious place (of any religion) one should respect the religious sentiments and avoid disturbing the peace and sanctity of the place

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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

Rizwanuddin Rafiq4.3/5

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It was renovated by Maharana Sanga

Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple was built in 1458 by Maharana Kumbha and dedicated to lord Shiva, and it is situated close to the Vedi Temple in the Kumbhalgarh fort.This temple was renovated by Maharana Sangram Singh who was a famous warrior and was known as Maharana Sanga. The Main sanctum of the temple is having a sparkling black stone Linga on a black stone pedestal and this sanctum is having a gentry approach from all directions as hall is opened. It has stone pillared hall whose sides are open and Nandi is looking at the Lord from the hall, just sitting in front of the sanctum's door or entrance.An insight of this temple and of Lord Shiva makes the visit spiritual and visitors find the great attraction after the Sun-set of light and sound show around this temple. Visitors find the spectacular views of the hill fort and the palaces which are situated at the top.

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Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple, Kumbhalgarh

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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple
Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple, Kumbhalgarh

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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple
Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple, Kumbhalgarh

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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple
Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple, Kumbhalgarh

Photo by

Rizwanuddin Rafiq

Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple