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Temples & Legends Of Maharastra
Index Of Maharastra Preface
Kulapati's Preface The Author
Morgaon - Moreshvar

Kolhapur - Mahalakshmi

Tuljapur - Bhavani Ganagapur - Dattatreya
Pedhe - Parashurama Bhimashankar - Bhimashankar
Tryambakeshvar - Trymbak Khandoba - Jejuri
Pandhapur - Vitthal Glossary
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Temples Of India
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BHIMASHANKAR

It might be mentioned in passing that this particular style of temple architecture was introduced in the Deccan from the second quarter of the eighteenth century. Those days took the Marathas to the North, especially to Rajasthan and Malwa, and from there they brought at home this novel but extremely elegant pattern. At a number of places in Maharashtra like Nasik, Nevase, Toke etc. temples of this style sprang up.

All of them were erected by persons who had seen service in the North.The local style, known as Hemadpanti or Yadav style is quite distinct from either the Northern or the Southern styles. TheYadav style, is no doubt nearer to the northern pattern, being just another idiom of the same basic concept. Even in the absence of any clear record on the point, it can be stated with a certain amount of certainty that the present temple of Bhimashankar is not earlier than 1750 A.D.although the kshetra is definitely older.

Like most of the Shiva temples in this part, the floor of the garbhagriha is on a level much lower than the out side ground. The ling is in the centre,the Yoni being on floor- level, the ling projecting from it. Water is constantly dripping on it from the abhishekapatra hanging over it.

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