Bhojpur Temple

Bhojpur is famous for the incomplete Bhojesvar temple dedicated to Shiva. The temple houses one of the largest shiva linga in India, 5.5 m (18 ft) tall and 2.3 m (7.5 ft) in circumference. It is crafted out a single rock. The building is under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India.

The attribution of the temple to Bhoja is based on the testimony of Merutuṅga, who reports in the Prabandhacintamani that Bhoja bestowed on the poet Magha “all the merit of the new Bhojasvamin temple that he was about to build himself”, and then “set out for the country of Malava”. The style of the sculpture on the building confirms an early to mid-eleventh-century date for the structure. 

The building as it stands consists of the inner cella or garbhagṛha, supported by massive pillars, surmounted with an elegant corbelled dome. The outer walls and superstructure of the temple were never built.