ATULYA BHARAT BAVKA THE ANCIENT SHIVA TEMPLE DAHOD GUJARAT
12th-century Shiv temple in Bavka, an interior village in Dahod district. About 14 km from Dahod, the Bavka temple, according to locals, was constructed by a devdasi (a temple dancer) in a single night.
It was constructed during 746-483 B.C. is situated at Bavka village in Dahod, this temple is declared as historical monument due to its unique sculpture. A tank near the temple creates beautiful, pleasant natural atmosphere.It was destroyed by Mahmud of Ghazni. Residents of the village say that several statues and carved stones have been stolen during these years of neglect.
ASI had included the temple in the list of protected monuments more than 20 years ago. Despite that important parts of the temple, including carvings, have been either stolen or shattered.
ASI Superintendent Engineer (Vadodara Circle) Shivananda said: “The temple has one of the most beautiful panels of carvings on kriyas. In fact, such carvings are found in all the temples built during that era in India.