Madva Mahal, Kawardha
Madva Mahal, Historical Place, Kawardha, Chhattisgarh, Tourist spot of Kawardha, Chhattisgarh Tourism, Historical Place of Chhattisgarh, Echhattisgarh
In close proximity with Bhoramdeo and Cherki Mahal, Madwa Mahal is an east facing brick shrine built in the early Nagara idiom. The site is surrounded by numerous memorial stones around its circumference. The temple gets its name from the 16-pillared open mandapa- madhwa being a corruption of mandapa. Another version states that the temple got its name from the style of the mandapa which resembles a wedding shamiana (awning or tent). For this reason the temple is also called Dulha Dev. However, It is hard to verify the objectivity of these tales.
The time-period and patron of the temple is debatable. while some say that the temple was built by Ambikadevi, wife of a local Naga king Ramachandra in the 15th century. Local legends state that the temple stands as a memorial to the wedding of a Naga king and a Haihaya queen, whose names are not known. The temple reveals a historical evidence on its dating and patron. An inscription from the temple- now in the Ghasidas museum (Raipur) mentions Gopaladev, a Naga king in 1088 CE. Perhaps Gopaladev was the patron of Madwa Mahal. However, drawing firm conclusions in this regard seems impossible.
On plan, the Madwa Mahal consists of a mandapa and an unusual grabhagrha, which is a level below the mandapa. The mandapa consists of 16 stout pillars with square bases, hexagonal necks and circular tops supported by cushioned capitals. The cushioned capitals are carved with tiny load bearers. The centre is occupied by a seated Nandi (the vehicle of Siva). The ceiling above exhibits a lotus panel.