Gadarmal Devi Temple

Gadarmal Devi temple is a Hindu and Jain temple at Badoh village of Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh.

Gadarmal temple
Gadarmal temple
AffiliationHinduism, Jainism
DeityGadarmal devi
LocationVidisha, Madhya Pradesh
Geographic coordinates23°55′06″N 78°13′21″E / 23.9182813°N 78.2224866°E / 23.9182813; 78.2224866 (Gadarmal Devi Temple)Coordinates: 23°55′06″N 78°13′21″E / 23.9182813°N 78.2224866°E / 23.9182813; 78.2224866 (Gadarmal Devi Temple)
StylePratihara, Māru-Gurjara
CreatorPratihara dynasty
Date established8th to 9th century
Completed10th century


Gadarmal Devi temple dates back to the 9th century. The architecture of this yogini temple is a fusion of Pratihara and Parmara styles. It is built similar to Teli ka Mandir in Gwalior fort. This temple houses both Hindu and Jain idols.[1] The temple is made of sandstone with seven small shrines surrounding the main shrine.[2]

It is a 42-niche yogini temple. 18 broken images of the goddesses that once fitted into grooves in the temple platform are preserved from the waist down. It is composed of a rectangular shrine and a tall and massive Shikhara.[citation needed] Vidya Dehejia writes that as a yogini temple, it must once have been hypaethral, open to the sky.[3] The temple, was built by herdsmen, so called Gadarmal Devi Temple among locals, consists of one oblong cell with an entrance porch but without sabhamandapa.[citation needed]

The archaeologist Joseph David Beglar photographed a colossal bas-relief sculpture of a mother and child inside the temple in 1871–2. He called it a figure of Maya Devi and the infant Buddha.[4]

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  1. ^ ASI & Gadarmal Temple.
  2. ^ Mitra 2012, p. 26.
  3. ^ Dehejia 1986, pp. 141–145.
  4. ^ Beglar, Joseph David (1878). Report of a tour in Bundelkhand and Malwa, 1871-72. Vol. VII. Calcutta: Archaeological Survey of India. p. 70.


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