Founded by the legendary Paramara king of Dhar Raja Bhoja (1010-53 A.D) has remains of its magnificent Shivatemple and cyclopean dam. Raja (King) Bhoja was, an engineer, a warrior, a great administrator and a man of formidable vision.

The Paramaras were warrior nomads from the Steppes who had ridden intothe reputedly rich lands of India. The Paramara dynasty lasted for 110 years and produced a lineage of warrior-scholars who were as a adroit at waging wars as they were at penning poems. But of all the heroic Paramaras who dominated Malwa, Raja Bhoja was undoubtedly the greatest the Huns and Chalukyas of Kalyani, he also wrote books on astronomy, medicine, grammar, lexiconography, religion and architecture.

The temple of Raja Bhoj dominates the hillock.

After being cured from the disease, in thanks giving, Raja Bhoja began the construction of great Bhojeshwar temple. Constructed in the latter part of 11th century, its great stone blocks encompass a doorframe, which towers ten meters high and five meters wide. Four titanic pillars, richly carved, rise to support an incomplete dome. The high noon sun lances through doom, illuminates a massive pedestal made of three stepped blocks of sandstone, seven meters square.

Dominating this platform and the great brooding temple is a magnificent lingam ( a phallic symbol, a symbol of energy, fertility and potency) more than two meters high and over five meters in circumference. The temple still shows the Renaissance reach of his mind. Here religion and architecture, sculpture, drama and weired vision combine in a compelling assertion of reality.

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