Menal Shiv Temple
Rajasthan , Chittorgarh
On either sides of the beautiful Menal waterfall, the place made famous during reign of King Prithviraj Chauhan, is the group of Siva temples known as the Menal temple complex. This temple complex was built by Someshvar Chahamana and his queen Suhavadevi of the Shakambhari dynasty during the 11th century A.D. Theses temple of Shiva as Mahanaleshwar, was a great centre of Saivism under the rule of the Chahamanas
The temple was built in the eleventh century to propagate the principles of Shaivism through the area and the people.
The 11th century Mahanaleshwar temple, is replete with carvings, pillars, pagodas, courtyard, sculpted panels etc symbolising the West Indian style of stone temple architecture. The entrance has a seated stone lion along with a number of deities carved on the walls. All around the temple, Shiva and Parvati are depicted in various postures, surrounded by dancers, musicians, gods and animals. The main shrine dedicated to Mahanaleshwar i...View more
built in sand stone. Before the main temple of Mahanala is a Nandi enclosure.Pic Courtesy : www.esamskriti.com
Timings : Temple timings - 10.00 AM to 6.00 AM
Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire inside the shrine.
Chittorgarh was the former capital of the Sisodia Dynasty of Mewar. Chittorgarh Fort, is the largest fort in India and Asia. It is known for its fort as well as being the land of worship for Meera.
Menal, Rajasthan 312023
By Air - Udaipur airport, well connected to other parts of India is around 135kms from Bhilwara. The temple is 40kms from Bhilwara and can be reached by taxis or buses.
By rail - There are regular trains from other major cities of the country to Bhilwara.
By road - Bhilwara is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular buses.
The priests perform regular pujas and rituals to the deity
March - Shivrathri
November - Karthik Purnima