Bhand Devra Temple is located on the Ramgarh Hill, 40 km away from Baran. It is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Shiva and as it is built in the Khajuraho style of architecture, is popularly known as the as the mini Khajuraho of Rajasthan.
The Bhand Devra Temple is beautifully nestled on the banks of a pond in the central part of the Ramgarh crater which is located in the city of Baran, and believed to be probably created by a meteor. Baran District is situated in Kota and the temple is having a strong history that drags more and more religious devotees to this temple.
History of Bhand Devra Temple
The temple is believed to be built in near 10th century and the temple is nestled on the hillocks of the Ramgarh Hills. This Lord Shiva Temple is accompanied by two other temples which are dedicated to Goddess Annapurna and Goddess Kisnai. The main speciality of these two temples is that one of the Goddess is worshiped with sweets and dry fruits, while another is offered meat and alcohol.
The temple is located inside a cave and one has to climb about 750 stairs to enter the temple. These stairs are believed to be constructed by Jhala Jalim who was also known as Zalim Singh and he was a ruler of the Jhalawar State from 1771 until the British came to rule. The temple is under preservation of the State Archaeological Department of Rajasthan government at present.
During the occasion of Kartik Poornima a grand fair is organized at temple premises annually as it is a celebration of worshiping the two goddesses and devotees throng the place in large numbers to participate in the festivities.