The Ambernath Temple

October 26, 2022 by admin0

The Ambernath Temple stands in a hollow on the bank of a small stream a short distance to the east of Ambernath village. Usually, such temples erected on a high platform called Jagati. The reason for the construction of the present temple in a hollow appears to be that the sva-linga established there is of the swayambhu (self-existent) type, described by the great Sanskrit poet Bhavabhuti as Ek-pausheya-Patrisha (not established) by any man. For this reason, its gaibhaguha (sanctum sanctorum) is eight feet below the level of its other parts. One has to descend nine steps to reach Swaling there.

The Ambernath Temple

Ambernath Temple is facing west and its length is 60 feet. It may have originally contained a small temple (devakuli) for Nandi (Shiva’s bull), but it has now disappeared. A small Nandi placed on the west porch, but it is not very old.

The Ambernath Temple has a sanctum (sanctum) and a mandapa (hall). Both of which are square in shape, and connected diagonally. The mandapa has three entrances on the south, west, and east sides, each with its own porch.

In halls, the door recesses equal to the thickness of the walls, with the weight of the ceilings being spread more evenly. Yet these are places where the masonry looks dangerously thin. The projections around the walls create lots of buttresses to reinforce them. As with all this class of old work, the masonry held together without cementing material, the stability of the mass by weight. The level beds of the blocks that make up it. The varied treatment of sections in designing the plans of these temples, the sides being more or less divided by projections and recesses, yielded somewhat fanciful, yet, pleasing-looking figures.

The sanctum sanctorum is thirteen feet long and wide. From some broken edges of the masonry at a height of eight feet above the ground level of the sanctum sanctorum, the Kushans inferred that there was an upper story of the temple with a duplicate Shiva-linga for daily worship. He thought that the upper temple floor broken due to the fall of the Shikhar.

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