Arthuna Stone Temples
Distance : 55kms from Banswara
Arthuna was once the capital of
Paramaras who ruled over the state of Vagad. Paramaras were originally
the rulers of the Malwa region in the 11th century. One of the most
famous Paramara king was Raja Bhoja, a great patron of Sanskrit.
Arthuna as well as its surrounding areas have clusters of ruined Hindu
and Jain temples belonging to the 11th, 12th and the 15th centuries.
Among the dilapidated ruins is a beautifully carved conjugated statue
of Shiva, Parvati and Ganesh. Lankiya village around Arthuna has
Shaivite temples called Nilkanth Mahadev Temples. The temple is an old
stone temples having beautiful intricate carvings and sculpted figures
of women embedded in the outer walls. The bull Nandi (Lord Shivas
faithful vehicle) stands guard at the entrance in the temple porch.
¤ The exquisite carvings of Jain & Hindu Temples
These temples stand out for their exquisite images of intricately
sculpted figures of women in different poses found on the exterior
walls. However, various portions of these exquisite temples have been
bluntly repaired with bricks. andheshwar and Kalinjara are the other
famous Jain temples. The Mandaleswar Temple, built in 1080AD by a
Paramara king called Chamunda Raja, is another noteworthy one
dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple has some insciptions and sculpted
figures, a common feature in ancient Hindu and Jain temples. However,
the temples uniqueness lies in its fully decorated ceiling which
resembles those of the Dilwara Temples at Mount Abu. Other nameless
temples within the periphery also have some marvellous sculptures and
figures on their exterior walls.