Rajasthan , Barmer
Kiradu was once a prosperous place, presumably the 11th and 12th centuries. King Someshwar of Parmar rulers under the Solanki dynasty built this exquisitely carved temples to increase the beauty of his kingdom. There are five temples in the complex, four of them dedicated to Lord Shiva and one to Lord Vishnu. Known as Khajuraho of Rajasthan, the region was destroyed by Turushka invaders. Although the site was restored, but it could never get back to its original glory. Earthquake and other natural calamities too, through many years, have caused the destruction of this site.
The temple was built by King Someshwar who wanted to construct an exquisite piece of architecture in his land. Legend regarding the dilapidated condition of the place dates back to many centuries ago when a saint came here with his disciples. The saint, went off to explore the region leaving his students at this place. The youngsters were struck by some deadly disease. Only a poor lady in the village served to help them regain health. When ...View more
he saint returned and saw this he cursed the entire region to be destroyed and the people to turn to stone. The saint told the lady to leave the place, never to return. However, as she turned back to have one last look, she was also changed into stone. It is said that the stone statue of this lady is till date standing nearby the shrine.
The shrine is known as the Khajuraho of Rajasthan and rightly so because of its beautiful, intricate and erotic stone sculptures. Influence by Marwar and Gujjar style of architecture,this stone cut marvel is a group of five shrines. It has garbhagriha, antral, mandap and dwaramandap decorated with carving, sculptures and artistic motifs. Pic Courtesy : www.esamskriti.com
Timings : The place becomes deserted in the evenings, because of a legend which states that anyone visiting the temple after sunset will be turned into stone.
Barmer is located in the western part of the state and is a part of the Thar Desert. Barmer is known for its fairs, folk music and dance. It is also famous for carved wooden furniture and hand block printing industry.
The temples do not perform rituals to the deities as of now.