Kumbha Shyam Temple Chittorgarh

Kumbha Shyam Temple Chittorgarh
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Kumbha Shyam Temple, Chittorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh , Rajasthan

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Open on all days
09:00 AM – 04:00 PM

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30 Min


Historically, architecturally & religiously sublime shrine

Kumbha Shyam Temple is a Vishnu temple built by Maharana Kumbha in 1449 AD, with impressive pillars and beautiful idols. Originally, the deity was the Boar Incarnation (Varaha) of Lord Vishnu, which is still there, but after its destruction in Muslim invasion, probably because the original deity was lost for a while, the new deity, Kumbha Shyam was installed. Kumbha Shyam Temple is also as large as the temple of Kalika Mata and commands a similar position near the ancient palace. The sculptural details, available in the plinth facade of this temple resemble to that of the Kalika Mata Temple. At present it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, but the prominence of Shakti images in it, particularly in the plinth, which is a part of the original construction makes some historians to believe that originally Kumbha Shyam Temple was a ‘Shakt’ (शाक्त) temple rather than a Vaishnavite temple.

Like Kalika Mata Temple, Kumbha Shyam Temple also seems to be a converted temple. The contrast between the sculptural art existing on the base and at the roof level are remarkable evidence of its different dates of construction. The original sculptures in the base have natural suppleness of great taste in its natural profile while the sculptures in the upper region are distinctly different in style. These later figures are seemingly additions or replacements as a consequence of subsequent renovations carried out by Maharana Kumbha in the mid 15th century. Kumbha Shyam Temple is located within the Chittorgarh Fort complex in Rajasthan. There is no entry fee to visit Kumbha Shyam Temple but a visitor has to buy a ticket to enter into the premises of the fort.

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