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The Sas Bahu (or Sahasra Bahu) temples date from the end of the 10th century. The local name in Rajasthan is Sas Bahu which is a contraction of the term Sahasra Bahu, meaning "one with a thousand weapons" which is one of the names of Vishnu. There are other "Sahsra Bahu" temples elsewhere in India. As the name suggests, all of these temples are dedicated to Vishnu, the protective god.
The complex is made up of two temples of different sizes. The larger one is surrounded by 10 subsidiary shrines while the smallest has only 4. Many of these subsidiary shrines have disappeared, and for some only the base remains.
Even though Nagda is nowadays a small locality in the large suburbs of Udaipur, the locality has been a very important center and for some time was probably the capital of the historic region covering part of Rajasthan, the Mewar.
Sas Bahu temples in Nagda are relatively small compared to other Indian temples. They are magnificent and adorned with remarkable bas-reliefs and sculptures. They have partly been restored.
Located at the gates of Udaipur, one could imagine hordes of tourists to admire such wonders, but luckily, this is not the case. You can visit the places at your ease, which is far from being neglected.
about the place, Nagda:
A few kilometers from Udaipur, near the city of Nagda is an ancient temple complex dating back to the 10th century AD. They are two temples of identical style but of different size. The largest is surrounded by 10 subsidiary sanctuaries while the smallest has only four.
Spoken comments in the film:
At the gates of Udaipur in Rajasthan is a small temple dedicated to Shiva.
A pure wonder. Sas Bahu was built in the 10th or 11th century and is exceptionally well preserved or remarkably restored.
The real full name is Sahastra Bahu.
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