Hin: भोजपुर bhōjapur

‘Bhoja’s Town’  Town/District, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

From (Raja) Bhoj; and Skt: pur, ‘(fortified) town’, ‘city’.

King/Raja Bhoja of the Paramara Malwa dynasty built a temple and fort here in the 11thC and two large stone dams to block and channel Betwa river, creating a large tank.

The Bhojeshvar Siva temple remains incomplete but houses a lingam 5.5m high. There is also a Jain temple featuring a 6m Bhagwan Shantinath statue.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Madhya Pradesh place names.

 

Shiva Temple, Bhojpur

Shiva Temple, Bhojpur                Bernard Gagnon