Navlakha Temple, Ghumli, Dwarka, Gujarat
|10th century AD
Navlakha Temple at Ghumli was built by Jethwa rulers in 11th century dedicated to Sun god, Surya and is oldest sun temple of Gujarat.It has the largest base (Uagati) of the temples in Gujarat, measuring 45.72 x 30.48 m. Facing East, it had a beautiful entrance arch or Kirti Toran, that is now lost. The sanctum sanctorum (garbhagriha), covered pradakshina path, large gathering hall and its three shringar chokis are eye catching. On the surrounding walking path we find three directions with balconies. The mandapa has eight-sided pillars for support. In the small niches we find sculptures. The entrances are two storied. At the back wall of the temple we find two huge elephants fighting with their trunks. In Bhadra gavaksha there is the image of Brahma-Savitri, in the west is the Shiva-Parvati, to the north is Lakshmi Narayan.
The Navlakha Temple built at a cost of Nine Lacs hence the name Navlakha. It rivals the Somnath Temple and Modhera Sun Temple in its architect and interiors.The temple is built in Solanki style of architecture and Maru-Gurjara style of architecture have the three entwining tusks of elephants as its trademark and is considered to be high noon of Solanki style of architect.
Outside main temple there is a temple dedicated to Ganesha, popularly known as Ghumali Ganesha Temple. This temple is said to be built in 10th century AD.
The temple was destroyed when Ghumli was sacked by Jadeja Jam Barmaniyaji attacked Ghumli in 1313 to take revenge of defeat of his father Jadeja Jam Unaji, who had come from Sindh and but was defeated in 1309 by Jethwa ruler Rana Bhanji
Legend / Local stories
This Hindu temple has a beautiful entrance arch which faces east. The sanctum sanctorum , covered pradakshina path and large assembly hall with its three shringar chokis are eye catching.On the surrounding walking path, there are balconies in three directions. The mandapa has eight sided pillars for support. In the small niches we find sculptures. The entrances of this Indian temple are two storied. On the back wall of the temple we find sculptures of two huge elephants fighting with their trunks. In Bhadra Gavaksha there is the image of Brahma-Savitri, in the west there is Shiva-Parvati, to the north is Lakshmi Narayan. The Navlakha temple was built at a cost of nine lakhs. Hence the name Navlakha. It rivals the Somnath Temple and the Modhera Sun Temple in its architecture and interiors.This Hindu temple is built according to the Solanki style of architecture and Maru-Gurjara style of architecture which have the three entwining tusks of elephants as its trademark and is considered to be the high noon of the Solanki style of architecture. There is a temple dedicated to Ganesha outside the main temple,which is popularly known as Ghumali Ganesha Temple.
How to Reach:
9The Navlakha temple in Ghumli is located about 45 km from Porbandar. I settled a return trip on rickshaw for Rs.500 (I am not sure if that is a fair price). This is a 12th century temple located in a very wooded area surrounded by hills