Sahastra Bahu Temple in Udaipur

Sas-Bahu temple is situated in the small town of Nagda which is some 23 Km away to the north west of Udaipur. Nagda is found by the fourth Mewar King Nagaditya and was also known as Nagahrida and was the capital to Mewar. This temple belongs to 10th century and situated on National Highway 8 in Nagda Town.

Though there are many temples in the town, however the Sas-Bahu temple attracts many tourists to Udaipur. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is made of two structures. The larger temple is said to be made by a mother-in-law and the smaller one by the daughter-in-law. Another legend goes by that this temple was dedicated to Lord Vishnu who is called as Sahastra Bahu which means “One with thousand arms”. Though these temples are in partial ruins, but no one can deny the beauty of its splendor of the architecture.

Sahastra Bahu Temple

The main entrance of the temple is made through a carved door with lintels as well as a multi-lobed arch in its middle. Both the temples are similar to each other and also come with a mandapa that comes with a porch and projections. As seen earlier, the temple of Sas is larger than the temple of Bahu. The temple of Bahu comes with an octagonal ceiling that is carved with eight intricate female figurines. The Sas temple comes with the archway that is found on its front.

On auspicious days, it is believed that the image of Lord Shri Vishnu swung from the torana along with hymns praising the Lord especially on ceremonial occasions. There is a common platform on which both the temples are built and the temples are east facing.

The temple is adorned with beautiful carvings that are based on “Ramayana”. However, the inner walls of the temple are plain and one cannot find enough carvings. It is also to be noted that the projection of the temple along with the exquisite sculptures makes this temple magnificent. The sculptures  are made in two steps and in the first step the images of Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are carved and the second steps comes with the images of Rama, Parasurama and Balarama.

This temple was constructed during the reign of King Mahipala in the tenth century. However, today this temple is not functional and only admired for its exquisite architecture. Today, it comes under Archaeological Survey of India’s heritage monuments list.

How to reach Sahastra Bahu temple

Udaipur is one of the famous cities of Rajasthan and is well connected to other parts of the city. The nearest airport to the Sas-Bahu temple is Maharana Pratap Airport in Udaipur. The closest railway station is that of Udaipur railway station. From the airport as well as railway station, it is ideal for the tourists to take the private or public buses. They can even take the cab or taxis. Udaipur also comes with good road transport network both within the city as well as out of the city which makes it easier to reach the destination comfortably.
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