Madhya Pradesh Tourism guide on monuments provides information on rich monumental heritage of Gwalior. Travel and tourism of Gwalior city also providing information on Pavaya Stone Temple monuments in Gwalior. Pavaya or Padmavati is an exquisite temple monument of ruins, which date back to the reign of the Naga Kings. Must a visit stone monument site in Gwalior in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India.

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Pavaya- Stone Temple Fast facts

Pavaya monuments consist of both the Pavaya Stone temple and various buildings that belonged to the times of the Nagas Kings. Built with distinctive influence of Persian and Indian styles these monuments exude a secretiveness that still remains to be explored along with four more stored structure yet to be excavated. This monument transports travelers to ancient times and not much has changed as bumpy roads and lack of amenities is still a part of the region. These building insightfully delve into the Indian architecture with domed roofs, decorative windows and arched doorways.

Temple Attractions- The Pavaya temples situated at an hour and a half away from Gwalior on the same route that leads to Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh. A hard dusted track leads to the ruins of Pavaya and the neighbouring Dhoomeshwar Mahadeo Temple. The journey can be testing as the roads are dusty, environment hot and arid and amenities are considered a blessing. You’ll reach the village of Pavaya after you cross the bridge on River Parvati. Travel a bit further and you will reach a T-junction. A left turn leads you to Pavaya or Padmavati as it was earlier known, while the right track branches off to the Dhoomeshwar Mahadeo Temple.

Attractions of Ruins Dating Back to Naga Kings- Pavaya or Padmavati is a fascinating stone complex of ruins which date back to the reign of the Naga Kings. There is no proper road leading to these ruins, which results in tourists often passing them by. The terrain is rich in dry scrub vegetation that has happily sprouted in open areas between the monuments. The uneven ground suggests that there might well be some buried monuments or structures waiting to be excavated.

According to the Puranas and ancient scriptures, the decline of the Kushana Dynasty in the third century A.D. led to the emergence of the Naga Dynasty. Naga influence soon spread from Vidisha to Mathura, and Pavaya or Padmavati became their base. It is believed that Lord Shiva, the Destroyer of the Universe according to Hindu mythology, was the deity worshipped by the kingdom. Forgotten and neglected, the site is yet to be explored thoroughly to gain a fresh insight into region, it culture and heritage. The ruins of the region are spread over an area of half a kilometer and consist of four main structures and a few chhattris (cenotaps). The other architectural elements of the stone complexes include a dome each with arched doors window tops and four cube like structures. Not very far from the site lies a fort belonging to the Parmar dynasty that dates back to the medival era.

Dhoomeshwar Mahadeo Temple -The Dhoomeshwar Mahadeo Temple is located at a distance of 3 kilometers from the Pavaya ruins. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it stands boldly on the rocky banks of the Sindh River flowing nearby. In keeping with the usual architecture of Hindu temples, it has steps leading to its four sections, namely the ardha mandapa (small hall), the mandapa (middle hall), the antaralaya (inner chamber), and the garbha griha or the revered sanctum of the temple. The three outer sections have been plastered white, while the inner sanctum retains its original yellow sandstone color. The Dhoomeshwar Mahadeo Stone Temple is very similar to the Kandariya Stone Temple at Khajuraho. However the temple does not bear signs of the era in which it was constructed. However, the Shivalinga (symbolic phallus of Shiva) enshrined inside the sanctum is very ancient, while the marble flooring is the contribution of the devotees of Shiva, who flock to the temple in large numbers. The temple comes alive during the festival of Shivaratri (check Religion for details), with the zest and enthusiasm of scores of devotees.

Tourist Information- Firstly be prepared for an energy sapping journey. The road ahead is rather rough and bumpy. Hence it is advisable to carry along sufficient supply of snacks and water or cold drinks, as none are available near these ancient stone monuments.

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