Samadhishvara Temple with 3 faces of Shiva - A brilliant piece of Architecture built in 11th century inside Chittor fort of Royal Rajasthan

While exploring Largest Fort of India in Chittorgarh, we also visited this beautiful temple located close to Vijaya Stambha of Chittor Fort. So far we have shared about Rana Kumbha Palace and Victory Towers of Chittor Fort. This blogpost will share about  Samadhishvara Temple, why it's so special, stories associated with it's importance in Chittorgarh & something which you may have never expected about a Shiva temple in India.

While exploring Largest Fort of India in Chittorgarh, we also visited this beautiful temple located close to Vijaya Stambha of Chittor Fort. So far we have shared about Rana Kumbha Palace and Victory Towers of Chittor Fort. This blogpost will share about  Samadhishvara Temple, why it's so special, stories associated with it's importance in Chittorgarh & something which you may have never expected about a Shiva temple in India. 


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We were visiting Chittor Fort from Udaipur, which is approx 2 hrs drive one way. The Samadhishvara Temple is a Hindu temple inside Chittor Fort of Rajasthan, India which is also featured in popular bollywood movie Padmavat. This temple is very close to Victory tower and holy water tank. Temple is dedicated to lord Shiva who is also called "Samadhishvara" which means "Lord of Samadhi". 

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Above photograph shows The water reservoir close to the Shiva temple of Chittor which is known as Gaumukha Tirthasthala. If you remember we had shared about this reservoir, temple and zanana mahal in Rana Kumbha Palace blogpost.     Related Blogpost - Tour de Churu Streets having grand havelis with marvelous fresco paintings | Haveli Heritage Tour Rajasthan, India

Above photograph shows The water reservoir close to the Shiva temple of Chittor which is known as Gaumukha Tirthasthala. If you remember we had shared about this reservoir, temple and zanana mahal in Rana Kumbha Palace blogpost. 


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Above photograph shows the view of Chittorgarh town from Shiva Temple. This place offers great panoramic view of the town and water reservoir.   There is a very interesting thing about the architecture of Shiva temple inside Chittor Fort that it was built/restored over a period of five centuries (11th-15th century). And that's the reason that it has varied sculptural styles.     Related Blogpost - Hamerpal Lake - A place which needs serious reconsideration by everyone visiting Kumbalgarh & Rajasthan Tourism for conservation of it's great natural ecosystem


Above photograph shows the view of Chittorgarh town from Shiva Temple. This place offers great panoramic view of the town and water reservoir. 

There is a very interesting thing about the architecture of Shiva temple inside Chittor Fort that it was built/restored over a period of five centuries (11th-15th century). And that's the reason that it has varied sculptural styles. 


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The sanctum of the temple contains an image of Shiva. The image depicts Shiva as having three heads and all of them are shown wearing jata-mukutas. Each of the three faces of Shiva idol has a third eye and the face on right bears a terrifying expression. Centre and the left faces of Shiva idol show peaceful expression.

The sanctum of the temple contains an image of Shiva. The image depicts Shiva as having three heads and all of them are shown wearing jata-mukutas. Each of the three faces of Shiva idol has a third eye and the face on right bears a terrifying expression. Centre and the left faces of Shiva idol show peaceful expression.


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Above photograph shows designs on the outer part of Shiva temple in Chittor Fort. On outer side of the temple has some beautiful designs and sculptures showcasing :    - Animal Hunting  - Royal Battles  - Royal processions and courts  - Religious themes like worship of stupas, lingas, jinas, and other deities  - Other scenes from common life, such as bullock-carts, camel-carts, and artisans at work

Above photograph shows designs on the outer part of Shiva temple in Chittor Fort. On outer side of the temple has some beautiful designs and sculptures showcasing :


- Animal Hunting

- Royal Battles

- Royal processions and courts

- Religious themes like worship of stupas, lingas, jinas, and other deities

- Other scenes from common life, such as bullock-carts, camel-carts, and artisans at work


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In current times, locals call the temple diety "Adbhut-ji" or "Adbad-ji", which is a name also used for the deity of a 15th-century Shiva temple near Surajpole. Three faced Shiva inside the temple may have lead to this name. 


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As per Archeological Survey of India (as narrated by local guides of Chittor Fort), this Shiva temple was constructed in the 11th century and was further restored in the 13th and the 15th centuries.


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There is a pavillion of Nandi in front of the Shiva Temple and this is the place from where you can see the water tank on your right (when you stand near the pavilion and look facing towards the Shiva temple)


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If you liked this post and found it helpful, I would request you to follow these things when traveling - 

1. Manage your waste well and don’t litter. Use dustbins. 

2. Tell us if you went to a place and found it hard to locate a dustbin. 

3. Avoid water bottles in hills. Usually you get clean water in hills and water bottles create lot of mess in our ecosystem. In plains, refill your bottles with RO at hotel. 

4. Say big no to plastic and avoid those unhealthy snacks packed in plastic bags. Rather buy fruits. 

5. Don't play loud blaring music in forests or jungle camps. You are a guest in that ecosystem and disturbing the locals (humans and animals) is not polite.

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