Sasbahu Temples

Nagda, Rajasthan


Nagda, the 7th - 8th century capital of Mewar, is located about 20km northeast of Udaipur. Its paired temples, with their subsidiary shrines, date from the late 10th century and are dedicated to Vishnu. The whimsical name "Sasbahu" means "mother-in-law" (sas) and "daughter-in-law" (bahu).

The temples are placed on a platform and face east towards a water tank. The outer walls of the garbhagrihas are undecorated, except for one column of sculpture on the north, west, and south projections. In contrast, the mandapas, columns, and porches are exuberantly carved with sculptures and reliefs of Vishnu and other gods and stories.