This temple is called Virat Mandir. It is said that the great city which is described during the unknown exile of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata is this Virat Nagar.
The emperor of this place was King Virat. Arjun Kund is located near Banganga in the Himalayas. Shahdol’s former name is said to be Sahastra Dole. Wherever the rule of Kalchuri kings has been, they have built beautiful temples there.
The pavilion was seen to be rebuilt due to the collapse.
Care Taker reported that 70 years ago, the front of the temple was razed, which was repaired by the then Rewa King Gulab Singh. After that Thakur Sadhusinh and the local area, Lal Rajendrasinh also paid attention to the maintenance of the temple.
Now, this temple is under the Archaeological Survey of India. The main entrance of the temple is exquisite in terms of craft. At the head of the main gateway, in the middle is the quadrilateral Vishnu Virajit. Veenavadini on the left and Ganesha is seated on the right side by kneeling. The sculpture of the temple is missing due to its fractal.
Shivalinga is installed in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. The height of which will be about 8 inches and the aquarium is built and a copper phaninag is also seated on the Shivling. This temple is continuously worshiped. Some women were worshiping when I entered the sanctum sanctorum.
Amalak and Kalash are present on the top of the temple. Beautiful sculptures are placed on the outer reefs. Veenavadani on the wall on the right, Shankh, Chakra, Padma, Gadadhari Vishnu on the back wall and Brahma appear on the left side position.
Also, Nandiraj, Gandivadhari Pratincha, Arjuna, Umamaheshwar, Ganapati in Varada Mudra and different types of disambiguation are also seen in Sthanak Mudra.
This temple is also rich in terms of marking of Gemini statues. Frantic protagonists display various rugs of heroine Kamakala.
Seeing these kamkali rugs, I am surprised that Kali used to play kamali as a sport. Here a bearded man is seen with a mating woman.
This shows that this place must have been famous for Shaivism also. Methunrat man shown in the statues is Kapalik. Kapalik Vamargi are Tantric. They wear Pancha Makaras – Madan, Meat, Meen, Mudran, Maithun and Ch. Aite Panchamakara: Syormoxade Yuge Yuge.
Kapalik belief is that just as the four Vedas came out of the mouth of Brahma, similarly Tantra originated from Shrimukh of Bhole Bhandari. That is why Kapalik Shaivopasana.
According to the known history, according to the Untivatika Tamralekh, the eastern part of the district, especially the area around Sohagpur, was in the possession of Rashtrakuta dynasty king Abhimanyu of a place called Manpur in about seventh century.
In the Bhopal inscription of Udaya Varma, there is a mention of donation of Gunaura of village Narmadapur revivalist in Vindhya Mandal in 1199 AD. From this and the Harsud inscription of Devpal Dev (AD 1208), it is mentioned that the central and western parts of the district had the right of the kings of Dhar.
The remaining princely states in the Seoni-Malwa Hoshangabad and Sohagpur tehsils located east of Ganjal gradually became the authority of Bhonsala Raja of Nagpur between 1740 and 1755 AD.
In 1796, his Subedar Benisingh of Bhanwargarh also took control of the fort of Hoshangabad. From 1802 to 1808, Hoshangabad and Seoni were occupied by the Nawabs of Bhopal, but in 1808 the Bhonsala Raja of Nagpur finally regained it.
In the last English-Maratha war of 1817, the British took control of Hoshangabad and were subjected to a temporary agreement made by Appa Saheb Bhonsla in 1818.
In 1820, the districts offered by Bhonsala and Peshwa were consolidated under the name of Sagar, and the Narmada Territory, and were placed under the agent of the Governor General, who lived in Jabalpur.
At that time, Hoshangabad district included the area from Sohagpur to Ganjal river and Harda and Handia were near Scindia.
From 1835 to 1842, Hoshangabad, Betul, and Narsinghpur districts were included together, and their headquarters was Hoshangabad. As a result of the Bundela Rebellion of 1842, they were again divided into three districts as before.
Several chhatris (deceased memorials) appear to be built around this temple.
The temple’s mandapa houses several statues obtained from other places. Which includes the Buddha statue of Padmasana. The temple’s establishment has also been destroyed.
Its protection continued. Visiting the Virat temple made the mind happy.
Virat Mandir, a symbol of Kalchurian pride, is proudly staring at the sky even after thousands of years have passed. If its conservation is not done in a proper way, then it can be found in the dust of historic dust.