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Markandeya Temple

Markandeya Temple is as unique as it can get. The main deity is Lord Shiva. It is located in the town of Markanda on the banks of Vainganga River in Gadchiroli district. It is believed that the name of the temple and the town is after the great sage Markandeya who is believed to have lived here in ancient ages. Though there were at least 24 temples here but today only 18 temples exist but still, only 4 temples are in good condition. All the temples remind us of the architecture of Khajuraho temples, hence it is even referred to as the ‘Khajuraho of Vidarbha’. The exact age of the temple is still a mystery even to historians, though. The temple needs urgent restoration and attention so that it returns to its former glory.

Every year, a 10-day fair takes place at the temple during Mahashivratri, which is attended by thousands of devotees from even other states.

How to Reach

By Air

Nagpur airport (177 km from the temple)

By Rail

Chandrapur railway station (91 km)

By Road

Gadchiroli-Markanda road (47 km). There are state transport or ST buses which has services to this region.

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