Lakho Fulani – Mystery of Lakheswar | 9th Century Temple
lakheswar temple is one of the oldest temple of kutch built in 9th Century by lakho Fulani. Read about history, mystery , facts and myths of Lakho Fulani temple
Who Build This Lakheswar Temple and When?
Lakheswar temple Is considered as one of the oldest shiv temples of India. The temple was built by the most popular King of Kutch named Lakho Fulani / Lakho Phulani. The Powerful king Lakho Fulani built this iconic temple during 9th century AD. The Lakho Fulani was a munificent king of Gujarat and Kutch. People still remember his great actions and recall his name even today.
Material Used While Building Lakho Fulani
The Shiva temple is fully built of non-adhesive material and is standing in support of the bricks without the use of any kind of adhesive material.
It is really impressive to see the handcrafted designs of the ancient period in the walls of the Lakheswar temple. The walls of the temple are fully built with hand-carved stones. The color of the temple is partly brown and partly yellow. The temple is one of the finest and biggest of its kind in Kutch district. The carvings depict the same designs as in the Khajuraho temple that was built in the same period.
History Of Lakho Fulani
The temple is well known as lakho Fulani in the nearby area but not much is known about it. It destroyed by the Earth Quakes of 1819 and 2001. It is a neglected site and that appears to be super amazing art as ancient architecture. The place is gathering dust and there is a need for the preservation of such an astounding piece of art.
The Lakho Phulani temple is situated at the village Kera that is 25kms away from the Bhuj city. Few parts of the temple are still as it is but the majority of the portion was damaged during the massive earthquake that took place during 1819 and 2001.
The temple has so many secrets and myths about it. The temple is surrounded by many historical belongings and old gates and very old houses are still found in the region. The region is locally known as Gadh.
Isn’t it surprising that a temple made up of just bricks and stones locked up without the use of any kind of cement or adhesive material is still present in its pristine form? The temple has experienced two of the major earthquakes that hit Kutch adversely during 1819 and 2001.
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The Lakho Phulani Temple was Majorly Damaged During
- The 1819 Rann of Kutch earthquake that took place on 16 June. The earthquake lasted for almost about 5 minutes with its magnitude ranging from 7.7 to 8.2. The catastrophe caused around 1500+ deaths in the Kutch region.
- Kutch faced the next major earthquake on 26th January 2001. The main part of the temple is still preserved in its original even after facing the odds of nature.
As mentioned earlier about the generosity of the Lakho Fulani, the creator of the lakheswar temple. The underground region of the temple holds a huge amount of gold beneath the land of the temple. The temple had two huge circular wheels made up of hard rock was part of the temple. they fell down on the ground during an earthquake from its origin.
There is a similar structure temple-like lakheswar. The similar temple is situated in nakhatrana and is few kilometers away from the manjal village. The temple is named as Punvareshwar temple. It is also a shiv temple and resembles a similar architectural structure as lakho phulani temple of Kera.
The punvareshwar temple is built by punvro. Punvareshwar is named after Ra’ punvro, founder of the nearby town of paddhargadh.
Myths and Facts about Lakheshwar Temple
There are so many myths and facts about the lakho Fulani Temple.
- There were 2 circular structured stones at the top of the temple. it is believed that whenever the king lakho Fulani used to perform the art, the circular structures used to rotate without any motor force.
- During the 1898 rann of kutch earthquake, one of the circular structures naturally flew away to punvareshwar temple. one of the structures fell down to the left side of the temple.
- Local Public believed that beneath that circular stone there is gold mine hidden below several feet.
- Interesting to note that so far nobody is able to move that big stone from its position even after applying the machinery forces. It is being rumored that only the right and the deserving person will be able to move the stone. Along with that, the whole region of lakho Fulani has a huge amount of gold hidden beneath the grounds nearby to the temple.
- There is a secret way towards the town of Junagadh and several Other places through this temple. The secret path was also used to store weapon’s and the king used to travel from these secret ways, especially from Kera to Junagadh.
The temple is now under the hands of government and there is an extreme need of preserving such kind of historical structures and monuments of out village, city, state and country. The live structures make us realize about the creative and powerful engineering minds of the ancient kings.
The lakheshwar temple is well known to live an example of such a creative architectural structure of the 9th century.
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