Galteshwar Mahadev

The ancient Galteshwar Mahadev is a fine piece of historic architecture dating back to the Solanki era. It is famous for being the worshipping abode of Lord Shiva. The Galteshwar Temple is open on most the sides with solid broad pillars with a yellow flag wavering atop it. The temple is more of an excavation ruin with both historic and religious values. The rocky substance with which the temple is made is muddy red in color with various carvings on its walls and pillars. Also the temple is popular for the spiritual Shiva Linga that gets pouring water like a spring on it from the River Galati. The old temple is full of chiseled wall carvings which are detailed to this day. One can see many forms of wall art in the forms of humans, sages, horse riders, Hindu Gods, war chariots, elephants and royal palanquins.

History

The Galteshwar Mahadev Temple is an old symbol of Hindu architecture. Belonging to the reign of the Solanki dynasty the Shiva temple was established on the beliefs of Galav Muni from the Puranic period who stayed here. The beautiful meeting of the Rivers Mahi and Galati is where the temple is built on. The historic practices of the Solanki Kings can be seen on various artistic pillars and huge walls. The old myths of birth and death are also portrayed on these etchings. The temple is supposedly built in the period of 12th to 13th century. The wall carved figures are still very well visible and maintained. The history of it also says that Mahmud Ghazni destroyed the top parts of the temple after looting the nearby temples of Somnath. Some believers even say that the temple was originally made by Lord Shiva himself who would work at night and leave the sight by morning.

Where is it located?

The Galteshwar Mahadev temple is located in Dakor, in the district of Kheda. Dakor falls in the region of Thasra Taluka. Ahmedabad is 90 kilometers away from it. The airport at Vadodara is 78 kilometers afar from it.

Ideal Visiting Time

The Galteshwar Mahadev temple is ideal for a day trip to Dakor for religious and recreational purposes. The scenic location of the temple makes it a perfect spot for a picnic at the mouth of the Mahi and Galati rivers. The Shiva Linga here is also worshipped in huge numbers during Shiv Ratri.

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