Kakanmath Temple Morena – The Famous Temple of Ghosts Near Gwalior

Kakanmath Temple is an ancient 11th-century Shiv Mandir situated in Morena district near Gwalior city, Madhya Pradesh, India. Yesterday, I went to Morena from Gwalior city to visit this heritage temple with one of my friends. We went to the Kakanmath temple via the Gwalior-Gohad-Morena route on a bike. My road trip to Kakanmath Temple from Gwalior was pretty good enough to share with you all.

History of Kakanmath Temple Morena

Kakanmath Temple Morena is among the 40 Best Places To Visit Near Gwalior City. So first of all, let me tell you the history of this heritage temple. The Shiv Temple Kakanmath is a magnificent edifice and is remarkable for its sculptural wealth. It is built on a spacious platform and in plan consists of a sanctum, with a large pillared hall in front from which projects a graceful Mukhmandapa, approached by a flight of steps. A Shivlinga installed in the sanctum is the main deity of the temple.

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The lofty shikhara over the shrine is about 100ft high which is now in dilapidated condition and is shorn of most of its veneering stones. This damage probably happened during an earthquake. Only the main and original part of the Kakanmath Shiv temple now survives.

Originally the temple was surrounded by a number of subsidiary shrines of which only the traces can be noticed. The steps at the entrance had two large lion statues, which are now located at the entrance of the Archaeological Museum, Gwalior. Many other sculptures have also been taken to Gwalior.

It is believed that the temple owes its name to Kakanvati, who was probably the queen of Kachchhapghat ruler Kirttiraja and at her orders, this temple was constructed in about the 11th century A.D. But the historicity of this heritage 1000+ years old temple is doubtful. One possibility is that the name of the temple derives from the kanak (gold) and maṭha (shrine).

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Kakanmath Temple Address: Village – Bawadipura Sihoniya, Post – Sabalgarh, District – Morena, Madhya Pradesh, India.

Kakanmath temple is well connected via rail and road means of transport. It is very easy to reach Kakanmath temple as there are various signboards indicating you towards the temple. The only difficulty is the lack of public transport in the area that makes the site difficult to explore for the tourists coming from rail or bus services.

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On my way to the Kakanmath temple, my friend has told me an interesting story about the construction of the Kakanmath temple. I found the story funny or some kind of myth but he was so sure about it. Here is what he said to me –

As Lord Shiva is the God of ghosts too, so the ghosts built Kakanmath Shiv Temple only in one night. Ghosts took off in the morning when they saw humans, that is why the temple remains incomplete to this date. He also said that the temple will automatically crumble down on the day when the marriage procession of 7 deaf grooms will be taken out in front of the temple at the same time.

After reaching the site I got to know that the Kakanmath temple is famously known as The Temple of Ghosts. On seeing carefully I also notice that the structure of the temple resembles a lion sitting near a throne. The temple is very unique because there is no cement or adhesive was used to construct it. Stones on the stones are kept in such a manner that there is a balance between them and it looks like it will fall but it is enacted till now. The 100 ft high and heavily carved stone temple looks fragile but has survived nearly 1000 years.

I found the Kakanmath temple so amazing because of its construction story, architecture, history. It is a must-visit heritage site in Morena Madhya Pradesh near Gwalior city.

For more information about the temple or if you want to have a virtual tour of the Kakanmath temple then here I am also adding a video for you –

If you have any questions regarding the above place or any other tourist place in Madhya Pradesh then feel free to ask us in the comment section below.

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