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Bateshwar complex, spread in 10 hectares of land in ravines of Chambal near Morena District of Madhya Pradesh comprises of nearly 200 Hindu Temples. The shrines of Bateshwar temple-complex are dedicated mostly to Shiva and a few to Vishnu. The temples are made of sandstone and belong to the 8-10th century CE. They were built during the reign of Gurjara-Pratihara Dynasty, 300 years before Khajuraho temples were built.
This complex was long forgotten and badly damaged with time. Shri K.K. Muhammed, then Superintendent, Bhopal Circle of Archaeological Survey of India took the responsibility of restoring it to its original glory in 2005. He had to take the help of the dacoits of Chambal to restore these temples and later faced the heat from the mining mafia.
This video takes you through his journey of restoring the complex and the challenges he faced. The story of their conservation is fascinating and truly inspiring. It is also ironic and enlightening to see how the dacoits, conventionally perceived as dangers to society and civilization, actually actively help in guarding and protecting both the temples and the larger habitat. The manner of achieving the success of the conservation shows a true partnering between various individuals of different strata, and political and social groups. It demonstrates how cooperation and determination for a common good cause can overcome even such strong and demonic forces such as the mining mafia.