Markanda Group of Temple stands on the banks of the Wainganga River near the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. This beautiful temple complex is also well known as “Mini Khajuraho”. Markanda temple is spread over 41 acres of land. The leading almighty of the temple is Lord Shiva. The complex houses have many shrines including Varad Ganesha, Nagarkhana and a Bhavani Temple. Unfortunately, most of the shrines are in deteriorating condition. But despite that, beauty can be seen all over the place. The construction of the Markanda Temple credited to the Rashtrakutas dynasty which ruled this region between the 8th century and the 12th century. There are many intricate carvings on the outer walls of the temples.
The History of Markanda Templeis nearly 1200 years old. Indian Archeological department first time had recorded this 120 years old before in its survey. However, the Markanda name is derived from the “Markandeya Rishi” of Haryana who was a passionate devotee of Lord Shiva. It is a group of nearly 24 temples which are confined with entrances on the riverside. The hymn which young Markandeya chanted is known as the Maha Mrityunjaya Stotra. As per the legend, once Vibhishan, the brother of Lanka King Ravana fell ill. At that time Hemadpant, a Yadava cured him. Obliged Vibhishan granted him a boon.
Lots of devotees gather during Shivaratri to do puja and get the Darshan of Lord Shiva so that their life is full of peace and prosperity. The environment is calm and peaceful and you will get a feeling of an ancient time.
Places to visit near Markanda Group of Temple
The famous tourist attractions near the Markanda Temples are Somtirtha Temple, Digambar Jain Temple, Chaprala Wildlife Sanctuary, and more.
How to reach Markanda Group of Temple
By Air: The nearest airport is Nagpur which is 221 km away.
By Train: The nearest railway station to the Gadchiroli/ Markanda is Mul in Chandrapur district.
By Road: Markanda Village is situated about 66 km away from Chandrapur and 185 km from Nagpur.
Best time to visit the Markanda Group of Temple
Pilgrims turn out to visit the Markanda Temple especially on Sundays and during the month of Shravan. The best time to visit the temple is from July to August.