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Location: Bhojpur
Country: India
Situated at: Madhyapradesh - State
Nearest Airport: Bhopal(43 km)
Nearesr Railway Station: Bhopal(33 km)
District: Raisen.
Population: (2001)1,840.
Language: Hindi.
Time zone: IST (UTC+5:30)
Telephone Code: (06181)
Vehical Registration: MP-04
Pin Code:  802207


Bhojpur

                                           
 Founded by the legendary Parmar King of Dhar, Raja Bhoj (1010-1053), and named after him, Bhojpur, 28 km from Bhopal, is renowned for the remains of its magnificent Shiva temple and Cyclopean dam. The temple which has earned the nomenclature of the Somnath of the east, is known as the Bhojeshwar Temple. The temple was never completed and the earthen ramp used to raise it to dome-level still stands. Had it been completed, it would have had very few rivals. As it is, even with the ravages of time, it remains one of the best examples of temple architecture of the 11th - 13th centuries.


The lingam in the sanctum rises to an awe-inspiring height of 7.5 feet with a circumference of 17.8 feet. Set upon a massive platform 21.5 feet square, and composed of three superimposed limestone blocks, the architectural harmony of lingam and platform creates a superb synthesis of solidity and lightness.

 

 


Bhojpur takes its name from king Bhoja.the most celebrated ruler of the Paramāra dynasty.There is no archaeological evidence from Bhojpur before the eleventh century, a fact confirmed by local legends which recount how Bhoja made a vow to build a series of dams “to arrest the streams of nine rivers and ninety-nine rivulets”. A location was found in the kingdom that allowed the king to fulfil this vow and the dams were duly built at Bhojpur.

 

    

                RIVER BETWA                           JAIN TEMPLE              THE MASONRY OF THE NORTHEN DAM