Dedication of Rajgir Mahadev Temple
Rajgir Mahadev Temple is a ruined temple dedicated to Lord Shiva or Mahadeva.
Architecture of Rajgir Mahadev Temple
Rajgir Mahadev Temple consists of a small sanctum (garbhagriha) about 3.5 metres square internally. The sanctum of Rajgir Mahadev Temple has a flat roof and enshrines a small linga, a headless bull and a miniature sikhara. The doorway of Rajgir Mahadev Temple is flanked by two female figures and sculptured stone slabs with the pot-and foliage design. In front of the sanctum of Rajgir Mahadev Temple there originally stood a mandapa, of which the granite pillars, arranged in six rows of five each, are still standing. The enclosure wall of Rajgir Mahadev Temple is a later addition to preserve the pillars and shows two different periods of construction, the original one being moulded and the later repairs without any architectural features. The later wall of Rajgir Mahadev Temple also projects about 8 metres to the east o the original one; the additional space thus enclosed beam filled with earth and debris. At the same time, the door of Rajgir Mahadev Temple at the entrance was narrowed down from a width of 3.65 metres to 1.2 metres. The original door-jambs of Rajgir Mahadev Temple are still indicated by two pillars, embedded within the later brickwork.
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