It is perhaps not known to many that Hamirpur road in Ghatampur tehsil has some of the most beautiful brick temples in Kanpur district. The ancient Temple of Mahadeo Baba in Parauri, Auilyeshwar Mahadev Mandir in Karchulipur, Two ancient temples at Koratha and some smaller ruined temples on this road have exquisite carved brickwork and niches.
A lesser-known temple on this road is the Pisanahi Mandir also known as Pisanhari Budhiya ke Mandir that is definitely old but not as ancient as the other temples on this road. There is not much information on when and by whom this temple was built though historians opine that the temple is of the 10th century.
Though the temple has been renovated in recent years with modern bricks, one can still see the rare carved brickwork on the facades and some auspicious Hindu iconography and motifs on the walls. The shikhara also appears to have fallen off and has been replaced.
According to the locals, this temple was built by two sisters centuries ago (five hundred years ago according to some). The two sisters used to grind flour in people’s homes using a handmill. For some reason, this temple came to be called Pisanhari Budhiya ke Mandir.
The most interesting feature of this temple is that even today one can distinctly hear the sound of one pounding wheat using a handmill! People from nearby villages come to offer their prayers here as it is widely accepted that one’s wishes are granted.
The prasad distributed here is made out of atta (wheat). Locals have spent a great deal of effort, time and money to maintain this temple. Some of the original brickwork is found lying in the premises. The garbha griha has several carved figures and padukas that are revered by the villagers.
Written by Lakshmi Subramanian
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