|Mandapa Heavily Decked up with Carvings|
The countless peacocks around Padhavali kept us busy for a long, until we realized it was time to explore the ancient temple of Padhavali which is located in the outskirts of the village. We were welcomed by two lions guarding the entrance of the fort gate on either sides. A flight of steps laid in stone leads us to the remains of the magnificent Shiva temple. The medium sized mandapa decked up with intricate carvings everywhere was unbelievably beautiful . This temple is believed to be dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built in 10th century by the Kacchapaghatas. The temple was later fortified by the rulers of Jat Ranas of Gohad in the 19th century. The care taker of this temple doubles up also as the guide for this place. He goes on to describe in depth each of the minute carvings here.
|Entrance to the Fort|
|Remains of Lord Shiva Temple, Padhavali|
|Lord Brahma , Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu along with Stories from Krishna's Life in the Bottom Panel|
|Depiction of Lord Surya in the Top Panel with Lords Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu in the Bottom Panel|
|Panel depicting Umamaheshwara along with War Scenes in the Bottom Panel|
|Depiction of Goddess Chamundi in the Top Panel and Worship of Lord Shiva by Lord Rama in the Bottom Panel|
|Lord Ganesha with his Consort, Lord Karthikeyan in the Centre (probably) and Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati as Ardhanareshwara|
|Depiction of Samudra Manthan, Trivikrama , Mohini and Lord Vishnu killing Rahu|
|Lords Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu with their Consorts seen in the depiction stories from the Ramayana in top Panel|
|Dashavatara Panel - Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parashurama, Rama, Krishna, Buddha and Kalki|
|Pillar Capital decked with Gandharvas|
|Beautiful Carvings on the Ceiling|
|Pillar with Inscriptions|
How to reach Padhavali: Reach Nurabad which is located on the Gwalior-Agra Highway, take right turn towards Padhavali, about 30 km from Gwalior.
Entry Fee: Entry is free
Accommodation: There are as such no accommodation options here, though one can stay at Morena or Gwalior where options are plenty and make a day trip to this place.
Where to eat: There are a few road-side eateries that make tasty chats, especially Aloo Tikki.
1. Madhya Pradesh - Unknown Attractions Around Known Destinations
2. RBS Visitors Guide India - Madhya Pradesh