This 1000yrs old “Rudra Mahalaya” in Siddhpur, Gujarat, is sustained only by this stunningly Intricate Mandapa & one Kirti Torana.
Rudra Mahalaya was originally a 3 storeyed structure with 1600 sthambhas, 12 Dwaras & 11 Rudra Grihas around it.
After sacking by Alauddin Khilji in 1290s & Ahmed Shah in 1400s the remnants were used to built Jami masjid to the western portion of the complex.
This wonderful “RudraMahalaya” today is just a disputed land waiting to see its extinction too soon.
The exuberant architectural element of Solanki Chalukyas are the “Sthambhas” with Magnificient “Kumbhas” (Base of Pillar), enormous “Sirsas” (Capital of Pillar). The “Toranas” (Arches) are decorative in purpose which later became weight bearing elements in Islamic architecture.
#temples #losttemple #losttemples #lost_temples Credit : Ramakrishna Kongalla sir.