Neelkanth Temple located in the Rajgarh Tehsil of Alwar district is dedicated to the Neelkanth avatar of Lord Shiva. Built by Maharajadhiraj Mathanadeva between 6th and 9th Century CE, the temple is located in the ruins close to the Sariska Tiger Reserve. Although its structure has dilapidated over the period of time, it’s still regarded as a highly important religious site among the devotees of Lord Shiva.
A major portion of the temple is now damaged while a little portion is still intact. The walls of the temple are adorned with sculptures that lend a sense of Mini Khajuraho to the site as many of these sculptures are built in the erotic style of Khajuraho temples. A Shivlinga is also present inside the temple where devotees bow their heads and say prayers.
Talking about the architecture of the temple, there is a rangamandapa standing on four pillars which originally had three pancharathas housing three deities. Of these three pancharathas, two have been destroyed while the third one in the middle remains intact with its Shikhara.
The Jangha is decorated with sculptures of Harihararka in the East, Narasimha in the South and Tripurantaka in the South. The doors bear ornamented figures of Natesa while the projections carry figures of Surasndaris and Dikpalas. Besides, the ceiling of the Rangamandapa is designed with Padmasila and sculptures of Surasundaris and Gandharvas.
Nearby the Neelkanth temple, there used to be a temple at Naugaza but all that is left on the site is a gigantic statue of Jain Tirthankara Shantinatha built in the Digambar style of architecture. The statue is guarded by a rocky structure on both sides with a couple of stairs on the front portion. The ancient yet magnificent architecture in the isolated ruins makes it one of the most attractive tourist spots in Alwar.
For air route, the nearest airport is at Jaipur which is 116 kms away from the site while road travelers can take buses plying from Alwar. Also, if you choose to take a road trip in your own vehicle, make sure that it’s an SUV because the route has a rough terrain.
The best time to visit Neelkanth temple is between October and March as during this period you can also visit the nearby Sariska Tiger Reserve.