108 Shiva Temples of Kalna

With 108 Shiva temples at one spot, Kalna definitely deserves the status of temple town of Bardhman district. The temples are built by Tejachandra Bahadur in 1809 AD. Each temple is a single room like structure constructed in a series. They look as if they have been beaded together. The façade is uniformly decorated with terracotta designs. They were given a white coating, wish they had the original terracotta color.

Prayers are still offered in this two centuries old temple. The temples are in two sets of circles. The outer ring of temples have Shiv ling made of white marble and black stone alternately, while the inner ring of temples have Shiv ling of white marble. 108 signify the different names of Lord Shiva, the pujari there said.

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46 Responses

  1. Jeevan says:

    I have heard only about 180 Shiva lingas. Wonderful series of temples.

  2. Smita says:

    I never knew about this temple!! Now thanks to you I do 🙂

  3. Shaivi says:

    108 temples of Shiva! Wow! Didnt know. Thanks for the share…

  4. Great photos, Beautiful temple. Thanks for sharing the post.

  5. Sylvia K says:

    What a beautiful temple, Indrani, and your photos are superb as always! I love the detail that you've captured! Have a wonderful week!

  6. George says:

    What a fascinating place. The temples are beautiful and seeing all 108 in one place must be very impressive.

  7. Bibi says:

    Interesting post. You know, I have a Shiva wristwatch….two of his arms tell the hour and minutes… I get many compliments on it.

  8. Wonderful to know about these temples . Thanks for sharing

  9. This blog is a promise of beauty.

  10. Karen says:

    Looks like the terracotta is peeking through!

  11. Great photo and interesting !

  12. ladyfi says:

    Those temples are so lovely! Gorgeous shots.

  13. the edifice is very appealing.

  14. Kusum Sanu says:

    I have to visit this place!

  15. So beautiful! so serene!

  16. Fun60 says:

    What an amazing place.

  17. DeniseinVA says:

    Thank you for showing us another amazing place Indrani. Your photos are fantastic!

  18. Gary says:

    Amazing!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  19. Your have an eye for what is glorious from the perspective of heritage. The Shiva temples arouse a feeling of sanctity.

  20. Now this is something I really want to see..thanks to you I came to know about this place..

  21. Oh god, this will be the place where atheists will go to die.

  22. Namrota says:

    I remember visiting the temples as a kid.

  23. Lord Shiva certainly has a LOT of names! They do look a bit like beads strung together.

  24. mysay.in says:

    108 mahadev thats what we call in Kol.. I am yet to visit .. Indrani
    Nice captures !

  25. Jiggyasa says:

    they are also known as NAV KAILASHA temple. I have once visited this place and i believe these temples are an architectural marvel.
    very nice pictures and its description Indrani

  26. mail4rosey says:

    They are very beautiful and it's wonderful that they're still being used for prayer.

  27. Splendid structures.

  28. Very beautiful ! Never seen anything like it !

  29. I love all the architectural detailing in these beautiful temples. I find the prayer offerings very touching too. Blessings!

  30. Never heard about it..great to know..

  31. Divenita says:

    The pictures accentuate the beauty of the content.

  32. Nabanita says:

    wow….! nice captures!

  33. Very nice captures…

  34. Carver says:

    Very beautiful temple.

  35. Lovely pictures of your area temple. Thanks for commenting on my blog.

  36. beautiful photos and nice info


  37. aamjunta says:

    Quite informative… never knew about this. Thanks.

  38. Huldra says:

    Peaceful, informative and beautiful at the same time. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  39. Beautiful and awesome shots. Love this blog:)

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