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Temple Survey Project (Northern Region), Bhopal

The Temple Survey Project Northern Region, Bhopal was established in 1955. Shri Krishna Deva was the first Superintending Archaeologist of this Project.

The Department wanted to explore, document, analyze and preserve unknown or known Temples of the country which were valued for their religious, social or cultural importance. The Temple Survey Project has the mandate to survey, recognize, document & analyze Temples through out the country by systematic studies and analysis.

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Temple Gallery

The temples include, Siva temple Pali, Durga temple Tkitoria, Siva temple Tinsua, Siva temple Mandi Bamora, temple at Bbeniaka , temples at Uldhan and temple at Pithoria are worth mentioning and range from 6th century AD to 18th-19th century AD.

The following circles provide a list of the temples protected by the Government.

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  • Temple No.'A' of Group-7
    2009-2010

    Temple No.'A' of Group-7

  • Temple No.'B' of Group-7
    2009-2010

    Temple No.'B' of Group-7

  • Temple No.'C' of Group-7
    2009-2010

    Temple No.'C' of Group-7

  • Chandla Temple
    2009-2010

    Chandla Temple

About the Temple: Philosophically the Temple is not merely a place of worship or a place of community gathering.

Rather, we may call it as an abode of the supreme authority of the universe. In other words the temple is a house of God.

According to the ancient Indian Literature and Shilpa texts the Hindu temple is considered to be the human body of God. Thus the various parts of a temple have been termed as pada, jangha, sikhara, mastaka, etc.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), was established in 1861.The entire country is divided into 24 Circles for the maintenance of ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains of national importance. The organization has a large work force of trained archaeologists, conservators, epigraphists, architects and scientists for conducting archaeological research projects through its Circles, Museums, Excavation Branches, Prehistory Branch, Epigraphy Branches, Science Branch, Horticulture Branch, Building Survey Project, Temple Survey Projects and Underwater Archaeology Wing

Temple Survey Project (N.R.), Bhopal.

The Temple Survey Project Northern Region, Bhopal was established in 1955. Shri Krishna Deva was the first Superintending Archaeologist of this Project.Since its inception, the Temple Survey Project (N.R.), Bhopal has been intensivly involved in study of temples in the country and released various informative notes, books and many vital research papers. Scholars like Krishna Deva, B. L. Nagarch, R.D. Trivedi, Debala Mitra, M.D. Khare made extensive efforts for the documentation & analysis of the temples to enrich the knowledge of various important temples of northern India by their detailed study. Till today students of temple architecture are being benefitted by the works carried out by the scholars of TSP (NR).

About the Temple

In general a basic temple is comprised of a square garbhagraha and a mandapa in front. An antarala connects the garbhagraha to the mandapa. In the beginning the temple was very simple in terms of its plan and elevation, having a square garbhagraha with a flat roof.Various projections were provided to high sikhara especially in North Indian temples. The temple in India is broadly divided into the following three styles :
1. Nagara Style (North Indian Style)
2. Dravidian Style (South Indian Style)
3. Vesara Style

Recent Activities

18 April 2017

Archaeological Seminar and World Heritage Celebration in Burhanpur.