The ancient brick temple of Bhorhare Baba (Bharahare Baba or Bhorahare Baba) located 10km north of Bahua in Thithaura village is considered by historians to be an outstanding piece of architecture that is still standing in the Ganga – Yamuna Doab. This temple complex of the 10th century appears to have been built on the panchayatana layout with four temples at each corner.
However, only two temples built entirely of brick are seen today with one completely in ruins in the north-east while the other has been restored extensively by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
The east-facing temple sits on a rectangular plinth and has a square sanctum sanctorum. The mandapa seen now has been built at a later time. The temple is largely plain inside and has an idol of Lord Vishnu consecrated in the sanctum sanctorum that has since been damaged. It is seated along with the sculptures of the attendants.
The shikhara is profusely decorated with carved bricks that are visually exquisite. Each tier and section of the external facades is an artistic expression of excellence, beauty, elegance and grace.
It is highly unlikely that one will find a better example of 10th century brickwork anywhere else in the world. The degree of skill, creativity and harmony in every part of the temple is testimony to the brilliance of the artists.
Written by Lakshmi Subramanian
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