When travelling to Madhya Pradesh, the only few places I knew were Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Gwalior, Khajuraho and a few national parks. That’s it!! Despite knowing that every corner of India holds a gem, I should have been a little more informed. In retrospection, thank God I wasn’t otherwise the element of surprise would have been lost!!
Located 30km from the state capital of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal, lies a town that get its name the most celebrated ruler of Paramara Dynasty – Raja Bhoja who is believed to have ruled Malwa region (where Bhojpur lies) in the 11th century and also believed to be the one who undertook the construction of the Bhojeshwar Temple. R Situated on the Betwa river, this is a town of historical and religious importance of which very few people know. Two large dams were constructed in the 11th century under the patronage of Raja Bhoj to divert and block Betwa river, in the process creating a lake.
Then comes the Bhojeshwar Temple that unfortunately couldn’t be completed. The reason for abruptly abandoning the construction still remains a mystery but historians speculate it could either be influenced by a natural disaster, or lack of resources or probably a war.