Madhya Pradesh Kakanmath Temple: India is an ancient country. The archaeological monuments of this country still bear the watermark of that time. Again, there are strange myths associated with those ancient times. Kakanmath temple would top that list. Nothing is surprising about this temple located in Sihoniya town of Morena district of Madhya Pradesh. This Shiva temple was built by ghosts! And that too in one night!
This temple is about 115 feet high from the ground and is more than a thousand years old. This huge temple is built with stone upon stone. Use lime, not cement! And yet that construction has been standing for so many years. But the surrounding temples kept falling one by one. But Kakanmath, though not intact, remains strong as a symbol!
Actually, this temple was not built by man. Make a ghost! Folklore is like this. Such a layer of mystery has made Kakanmath temple a center of attraction for tourists even today. What is even more surprising is that the stones with which this temple is built are not found nearby. Many may remember the pyramids in this regard. How such large stones were brought into the Egyptian desert is still debated. One stone weighed a ton or even more! As soon as we talk about the Kakanmath temple, the mystery of how it was brought comes to mind.
Another highlight is its manufacturing technology. How many strong storms have come in these hundred years? But the Kakanmath temple could not be shifted. But the stones of the temple are placed one on top of the other like this! None of the lime-cement materials contain bali-e. It is said that there is a power inside the temple that keeps the temple alive even today in the modern world. There is a Shiva Linga right in the middle of the temple. That Shivalinga, the sanctum sanctorum or peak of the temple is still intact. But due to the laws of time, some parts have fallen out. These are kept in a museum in Gwalior.
Next to the temple stairs, the Archaeological Survey of India has briefly recorded the history of the temple. But more interesting than that history is the myth related to it. This temple is named after Queen Kakanavit. However historians are not sure whether it was Kakanavithi who built this temple or not. Anyway, the myth says that Kakanavati was a devotee of Shiva. And so he built this Shiva temple. However, the name of King Kirti Raj of the Kachwaha dynasty also appears as the builder of the temple. Built in the 11th century, this temple has been around for thousands of years as per the rules of time.
Now let us come to the myth of temple construction. It is said that one night suddenly a group of ghosts came to an empty place with stones and built a temple. But as soon as a man woke up before dawn and appeared there, the ghosts went away leaving the temple incomplete. Another belief also says that in reality the night has passed and morning comes even before the work is finished. So leaving it incomplete, the group of ghosts vanishes into nothingness! However, naturally, archaeologists are unwilling to accept such myths. But common people immediately believe such a mysterious story. Many claim that the real credit goes to the artists responsible for the construction of the temple. It was he who arranged the stones in such an incomparable balance that they are still standing today. But when we look at the temple it appears incomplete. And then the exciting story of the construction of the temple at the hands of ‘Teanad’ will revolve in your mind.
Meanwhile, there is another history related to this temple. It is said that Muslim rulers tried to destroy this temple. The cannon was fired. But the Kakanmath temple remained the same. But some stones were broken. All those broken stones can still be seen when you visit the temple. There’s the myth again. It is said that if someone removes a stone from the temple complex, other stones in the temple start moving! As a result, whoever takes it will kill it again and return it!
Many myths related to the temple still keep it shrouded in mystery. Today there is no priest in this temple. But ASI remains on guard. But no one stays at night. At night, they took shelter in a nearby village. Kakanmath temple stands alone in the darkness of night. History casts a shadow on its centuries-old memorial stone. Questions arise. How was this temple built? How does it stand today? The questions sound simple, but the answers are still unknown. Maybe we’ll never know. The myths will remain completely within the fog.