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Grandeur of Markanda Temple, Gadchiroli

Markanda Temple is in Chamorshi Tahsil situated on the bank of the Wainganga river south of Gadchiroli, Maharashtra. Markanda is supposed to derive its name from the sage Markandeya who lived and worshipped Shiva here. Earlier, there were 24 temples. At present, there are only 18 temples existing, out of them only 4 temples are in good condition. About 300 years ago the main temple of Markanda was struck by a lightning, and the upper part of the spire massively destroyed. Markanda is middle place in India which is a place of matchless art and grandeur . . It makes us to remind places of art like Khajuraho, Konark, Ajanta, Ellora. The Markanda temple reflect the architectural style of Khajuraho, although no inscriptions exist to indicate their exact age. On external part of the main temple there are many sculptures of Gods, Goddess and hermits I. E. Vyal, Ashtadikpal, Apsara, Sursundari and Devangana. The sculptures of many birds, Gajlakshmi, Narsimha and Shiv Parvati are kept there in too. The courtyard of temple is world popular for lady images. The ladies here are engrossed in the action of dance. There are also stories of Ramayana, Mahabharata in the internal part of the temple. The experts say that the total images counted so far are said to be 409. We can not understand its matchless glory and art of Vidarbha unless we see it . A great fair is held here on the occasion of Mahashivratri.

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Garhchiroli Overview

Garhchiroli is also commonly known as Gadchiroli, which is a municipal council under Gadchiroli District of the state of Maharashtra. The district of Gadchiroli is huge in terms of area, which was formed by dividing Chandrapur District on 26th August, 1982.

Gadchiroli is located in the north-eastern part of Maharashtra, which is bordered by the states of Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Chandrapur city is situated at about 80 km from Garhchiroli and Nagpur is located at around 180 km from this place. It is mainly a tribal region which is surrounded by dense forests and hills. This tribal region is known for bamboo, tendu leaves and paddy crops. It is also a major producer of wheat, jowar, linseed and tur crops.

In 1905, Garhchiroli tehsil was formed by transferring the zamindari estate to Chandrapur tehsil from Brahmapuri. This region was once ruled by the Rashtrakutas, Yadavas, Chalukyas and later on, by Gonds. It is considered to be one of the prominent agricultural markets in the state of Maharashtra and features two wildlife sanctuaries, named Markandeshwar and Chaprala.

Markananda Temple is also a popular tourist attraction in the district. The chief airport is located in Nagpur, which connects the destination with all important cities and towns in India. Chandrapur Railway Station is the closest railhead which is connected with Mumbai and other main cities.

Taxis and buses operate on regular basis from nearby towns like Bhandara, Karimnagar, Adilabad, Jagdalpur and Durg to travel to Gadchiroli. The ideal season for coming to this region is winters, from October through February.

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Garhchiroli, Maharashtra
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Garhchiroli, Maharashtra

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