(Last Updated on : 18-09-2014)
Kakanmath Temple is one of the prominent Shiva temples in India
. It stands on a spot two miles away from Sihoniya in the northwest of Morena district
, about 35 km. Morena district is situated in the Madhya Pradesh
state of India. The temple is notable for its amazing sculptural wealth; however, it is in its ruins now.
History of Kakanmath Temple
Sihoniya (also Suhoniya) was known to be the capital of the Kushwahas. The Kushwaha kingdom was established in 11th century within 1015 to 1035 AD. The Kachwaha (Kushwaha) king Kirtiraj got a Shiv
Temple built in Sihoniya. This temple
is known as the Kakan Math Temple.
The general belief is that Kachchhapaghata ruler Kirtiraj had erected the temple to fulfil the wish of Queen Kakanwati. The temple is 115 feet high, built in the Khajuraho style. The local lore also goes that the historical Tomar rulers had built the Kakan Math temple.
Architecture of Kakanmath Temple
Kakanmath temple is well known for its precise date (C.A.D. 1015-1035) and majestic dimension combined with the affluent quality and variety of sculptures. The overall structure of the temple is pyramid-like. It stands on a lofty ornate pitha. The temple is originally encircled by subsidiary shrines. It comprises of a sanctum enclosed by an ambulatory with three transepts, antarala and a mukhamandapa. The doorway of sanctum contains seven sakhas which include a large number of deities between two mithunasakhas.
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