Kiradu Temples

Kiradu Temple

Kiradu Temple 45 kms from Barmer

The Kiradu town is located in the Thar desert, about 35 km from Barmer and 157 km from Jaisalmer. The remains of at least five temples have been discovered at Kiradu. Of these, only the Someshvara temple is in notable condition. Its surviving parts are sufficient to exactly reconstruct the original temple design. However, it is clear that the original temple was highly decorated with sculptures, including figures of animals and humans. Art historian Percy Brown termed the architecture style as “Solanki mode”.  Epigraphic evidence suggests that the temples were constructed during the 11-12th century by the vassals of the Chaulukya (Solanki) monarchs.

There are some interesting stories about the mysteries of now completely deserted complex of 5 temples, 45 kms away from Barmer. As per the records of Archeological Survey of India , Kiradu used to be a very prosperous city in 11th & 12th centuries. It was ruled by the King Someshwar of the Parmar dynasty. Kiradu temples were  destroyed by Turushkas invaders and was restored later on. However, due to its geographical location, it was on the route of the foreign invaders. Subsequently, this town of Kiradu situated at the foothills of beautiful mountains was deserted.

 

 

Kiradu Temple

Kiradu Temple