Sundarnarayan Temple, Maharashtra

Sundarnarayan Temple

A Vaishavite temple on the lofty west bank of the Godavari, the Sundarnarayan temple was built by Gangadhar Yashwant Chandrachud in 1756. The main deity Lord Vishnu, flanked by Lakshmi and Saraswati, is placed in the sanctum of the temple. There are also small carvings of Hanuman, Narayana and Indira on the walls.

The east-facing temple has three porches with balcony seating, lobed arches and globular domes. The temple has an imposing architecture especially the vaulted niche, which strikes a chord with the Mughal sculpture of the era. Other significant features of this finely carved stone temple are that it is erected at such an angle that on 21st March the rays of the rising Sun first fall exactly upon the idols.

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