Photographer's Note

Keshoraipatan, located some 20 odd Km from Kota, is one of the oldest towns in India and was named as Ashram Nagar in the ancient times.

The famous temple of Keshav Raj or Kesorai (The Hindu God Vishnu) stands on a strong base of a very big platform on the bank of River Chambal. It is unique in terms of its wonderful architecture and sculptures and one has to climb a flight of steep stairs to reach the temple. The temple is elaborately carved with sculptures of various gods and the activities of their followers showing the daily life of that time. The pyramid shaped very high shikhar (tower) is built something like in South Indian style.

The walls of the temple have an elaborate carving work with images of various Gods and Goddesses. What makes the temple magnificent and artistically rich is the immaculate sculpture and architecture. In every inch of space on the wall and in the niches, images of animals of elephants, horses and images of Gods and Goddesses have been carved.

The Kesorai temple took 391 years to build & as far as known, was renovated by King Shatru Saal of Bundi in 1621-30 AD.

Here one can see three devotees, doing Pradakshina, meaning circumambulation of the temple, after having offered their prayers to the Temple God. Pradakshina literally means: to the right (Dakshina means right). Thus in Pradakshina, one goes clockwise to keep the deity around the Sanctum Sanctorum on one's right side.

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