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Ratlam ranked amongst one of the religious city in India offers its visitors a pleasant stay during their vacation. The city is dotted with many must see attractions like Cactus Garden, Kharmour Bird Sanctuary, Kedareshwar Temple etc. Out of many sightseeing destinations temples are the major ones.Since ancient times the city is known for the famous devotional places situated in the region. These religious places witnesses influx of thousands of pilgrims every year. During the festive season the number of peoples visiting the holy shrines drastically increases. Shiva Temple of Ratlam is one such prominent temple of the region.
About Shiva Temple
Shiva temple is one of the ancient temples in the city that holds a prime importance in the history of Ratlam. The temple is located in Jhar village and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was built during the 11th century by the Paramara Dynasty, rulers of central India. The temple has amazing blend of Indian and Dravidian architecture. The walls of the temple are carved out of the igneous rocks and beautiful sculptures are found attached to both inner and outer wall. The temple has an amazing tower with miniature spines facing outside in all four directions. Inside the temple, Huge Shiva lingam is accompanied with a bull shaped sculpture. The temple has a little water spring inside the premise that adds to the beauty of the temple. The holy shrine observes the influx of huge number of devotees during Maha Shivratri. The premise of the temple is surrounded by several flowing plants that enhance the beauty of the shrine. One can find the ruins of the temple is scattered all around the premises alongwith Sanskrit inscribed on the broken pieces that are quite visible and testifies to the greatness of the temple.
Nearby Places of Interest
The other places of interest near the temple are Cactus Garden and Kharmour Bird Sanctuary. The tourist can visit the Cactus Garden which has 1200 different species of exotic species of cactus collected from all around the globe. The garden is heaven for botanists and nature lovers. The garden is spread on huge land and is surrounded by natural beauty. The ancient palace inside the garden adds beauty. The Kharmour bird sanctuary provides an opportunity to experience the panorama of wild life. The forest is covered by dense deciduous forest which is habitat for several wild animals. Another place to visit in the city is famous Sagod Jain temple and Hanuman temple.
How to reach Shiva Temple ?
The temple is located around 12 km away from the main city. Visitors may reach the temple via road from the city. Visitors coming from outside the city can travel by rail and arrive at Ratlam railway station. Outside the station there are several buses and private vehicles like autos and tempos ready to take you to desired destination.