Saturday, January 3, 2009
The Lakshamana temple (Lat 21° 25 N 82° 10 E Long) is located in the village Sirpur in Mahasmand dt of Chattisgarh at a distance of 90 km from the state capital of Raipur.
Sirpur is derived from the ancient name Sripura which was once the centre of power of South Kosalas during the rule of Sarabhapuriyas and Panduvamsis during 6th – 8th century AD.
The archaeological remains in and around Sirpur consists of both Hindu and Buddhist monuments in the form of temples and monasteries.
Among them, the most well preserved magnificent temple is the east facing Lakshmana temple built by Vasata, the mother of Mahasivagupta Balarjuna in 7th century AD.
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this brick temple stands on a high massive platform accessible by steps in the north and the south. The plan of the temple consists of a garbagriha, antarala and a mandapa. The mandapa now in ruins was originally upheld by stone pillars in rows. The exquisitely carved doorframe depicts figures of Seshasayi Vishnu along with his other incarnations.
This temple is one among the best examples of brick temples of ancient India.