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A jewel in crown: Bhojpur temple in Bhopal

The city of Bhopal, also known as the city of lakes and city of mosques, with its beautiful locations is picture perfect for all those people who are looking to spend some lovely vacation. Enjoy the trip to famous places in and around the city to explore all its hidden beauty. While within the city, one can travel to places like the Upper Lake, the Bharat Bhavan, the Sadar Manzil, the Gohar Mahal, and outside the city, one can plan a trip to the Sanchi Stupa, the Bhimbetka Caves, the Bhojpur temple and a few other religious and secular places.

Bhojpur temple, which stands on the banks of the Betwa River, is by far one of the most reverent temples in the state as well as the country. This ancient temple is located at a distance of around 28 km from the metropolitan city Bhopal. The temple enjoys an important religious leverage across our country. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and also houses one of the biggest Shiv Lingam in India. The Shiv Lingam in the temple is almost 5.5m tall and 2.3m in circumference. The temple stands tall as an allegory of supreme ancient architectural beauty. The building loftily bears the inner cellar, which is interleaved with huge pillars and rounded with a prolific beautiful dome. This incomplete temple, which has undone architectural work, forms a part of several folktales and folklores. Even today, you can find the stone quarries.

The architectural carvings show the plans and the procreative methodology, which were adopted by the skilled craftsmen and artisans. In the vicinity of this temple lies a small cave, which is dedicated to goddess Parvati, wife of God Shiva. The lower portion just above the Parvati caves has the remnants from the palace of the illustrative King named Raja Bhoj of the Parmara dynasty.

The few other interesting parts in and around the temple are Palatial Graffiti, Mantunga Acharya Shrine, Sati Pillar and Earthen Ramp. The historical enthusiasts will enjoy a studious glimpse of palatial remnants. Even though this temple is visited throughout the year, it still attracts crowd in thousands on the special eve of Maha Shivratri. Devotees, on this occasion, from all across Madhya Pradesh and specifically Bhopal, throng to this holy site to seek blessings from their supreme deity.

The shoppers here can enjoy some window shopping or even purchase resplendent Maheshwari and Chanderi saris in the town of Bhojpur.

Bhopal tourism offers several conveyances to reach this place. So, if you are visiting Bhopal for the first time, you can take help of a local to reach Bhojpur. There are also several hotels and resorts in Bhopal, which may be organizing getaways to Bhojpur.
The city also offers several other places of interest. If you are booking a car to visit Bhojpur, you can also extend your trip to the Sanchi Stupas, which are not very far from the town. But make sure to book a room in one of the best luxury hotels in Bhopal to make your stay more enjoyable and memorable.

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