About 20 kms outside the city of Udaipur stand the ruins of Sahastra-Bahu temples of the early 10th century AD. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the name Sahastra-Bahu means ‘One with thousand arms’, a form of Lord Vishnu. The temples are locally referred to as Sas Bahu temples owing to several tales behind this rendition. The site has an interesting feel to it with date palms on the hilly landscape. Though the place is rarely visited by any of the residents, tourists do make it a point to tick this place off their travel list.
The city of Udaipur attracts a plethora of travellers and explorers all year round. It serves as one of the main lakes and palaces hotspot. Also known as the ‘City of Lakes’, it played an important role in the history of India. It was the capital of the Mewar kingdom during the reign of Rajputanas. The city has maintained its charm all through these years and never fails to mesmerise a visitor. You can find of the best hotels in Udaipur reflecting the traditions and customs of Rajasthan, giving you the ultimate vacation experience.
The Sahastra-Bahu temples are on the Archaeological Survey of India’s list of heritage monuments. In place since the 7th century, the temples are now partial ruins as they were destroyed by then Delhi emperor Iltutmish. Nonetheless, that does not stop the peoplefrom being amazed by its splendid artistry, architecture, and the work of deep inlaying. Both the temples are made of granite and have a shrine with a prayer hall called “mandapa”. Built on the same platform, they are both east facing. The carvings depict some of the instances of Ramayana. These artistically-crafted stories will leave you admiring the artwork and skills of the people during ancient times. The temples have survived the caprices of weather but still remain worth a visit and admiration.
How the temple go its name has many variations. Going by historical accounts, these were not built to glorify the Saas (mother-in-law) and Bahu (daughter-in-law) relationship. Contrary to popular belief, the king Mahipala of Kachchhwaha Dynasty built these for his wife who was a devout Vishnu devotee. When the prince married a worshipper of Lord Shiva, another temple was built right next to the shrine of Lord Vishnu for the daughter-in-law. As the shrine for Lord Vishnu was built first it was called Sahastrabahu, another name for Vishnu. Later on, both the temples together were called Sahastra-Bahu temples. And ultimately the names were changed to Saas-Bahu given the origin of the temples.
Given its rich history and fascinating artwork, this heritage site is a must visit for those who love exploring and immersing themselves into history. Planning a trip to Udaipur should not restrict you to the city. The LaLiT Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur wedding venue chosen by many, makes for a grand and luxurious wedding venue. Plan your stay at this hotel for a lavish and relaxing experience. You can avail their spa facilities and enjoy the beautifully kept gardens. Make sure to spend an evening strolling through the hotel for a peaceful time. A beautiful city in itself, Udaipur has many hidden gems at drivable distance. The hotel can help you plan your outings as well.