Just feel the lush green surroundings, Misty & Cloudy atmosphere, Waterfalls & Reverse waterfalls,
Forget about everything and get lost in the beauty of nature …
Even during our Sandhan valley summer trek, nature was near to green, temperatues were down .. Things were pleasent …
During your visit to Bhandardara, do not miss to visit the most beautiful Amruteshwar temple.
Situated on the bank of holy river Pravara one must visit this 1000 year old temple of Lord Shiva,
built during the Yadav-Shilahar era around the eleventh century AD,
The Amruteshwar temple is built in the ancient Bhumij style of architecture. You will be amazed to see the intricate carvings done in black stone.
This is one of the temples remained undamaged from attacks and natural calamities.
Specialty of temple :
- Intricate carvings sculptural temple
- Presence of two sabha mandapas,
- The sanctum sanctorum (garbhagriha) is situated in between these sabha mandaps.
- Shivalinga is half submerged in water (mostly in the rainly season).
- Nandi at the rear entrance of temple (looks from recent times) which is currently used as the main entrance.
Look at the front side photogrph carefully, there are two round pillars which are original one.
over the time one side of front dome has got damaged (crack propogation can be seen on right hand side while you stand in front of temple) and some repairs has been carried out by supporint the cracked structure using a square pillar. It is not known what has caused this damaged and in what time duration these repairs has been carried. May be someone from ASI will be able to throw some light on this aspect.
How to reach Amruteshwar temple : Google co-ordinates 19.517643, 73.723393
- Pune/Mumbai toIgatpuri – By train/bus reach
- Igatpuri to Village Shendi/Bhandardara (~35 km) (1st bus at about 5.15 am)
- Shendi to village Murshet (Walking)
- Cross the lake by launch (enquire to local people for the timings), land on the other side of the lake and reach village Ratanwadi.
- By Car/own vehicle – Drive down to Ratanwadi directly
Original entrance of temple considered as back side
Nandi situated in later phase of this temple
Roof carvings – colours are also seen on carvings
Amruteshwar Temple, exterior window carvings
Garbha graha – Mandar doing pooja of Lord Shiva
Cistern in village with beautiful carvings on sides
Remains lying in village Ratanwadi near the cistern
Archaeological Survey of India :
National Protected Monument & Ancient Sites of Archaeological Survey of india,
falls under Ahmednagar Sub-Circle, Dist-Ahmednagar.-414001
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Places to see nearby…
- Amruteshwar temple