Is There Really an Indian Temple Built by a Britishman?

tn_569_only-indian-temple-built-by-britishman-om-namah-shivay-1373730300INDIA, July 22, 2015 ( HPI Note–This article appears on a website which investigates and tries to verify or to disprove unusual claims. 

The famous Baijnath Mahadev Temple is located in southern banks of Banganga river in Agar Malwa of Madhya Pradesh, India. The Siva Lingam (the sacred stone form of Lord Shiva) in the Baijnath temple is believed to belong to 13th century, while some legends say it is probably more than thousand years old. Then after 300 years, in 1883, with the inspiration from British army Hindu officials, and financial help of British Commander Lt. Colonel C. Martin and other local people, 11,000 rupees was donated for the renovation of the temple, making it large, and also building few other temples around it. 

[A 1/4 rupee silver coin in 1877 weighed 2.92 grams, worth today US$1.28, making the 11,000 rupee donation worth at least $56,320 in today’s money.]

It is said that during this time when the British were ruling India, Lt. Col. Martin of Agar Malva was leading the army in the war against Afghanistan. Her wife prayed to Lord Shiva that if her husband reaches home safely, then she would get the temple renovated.

There is also another piece of writing on one of the pillars in middle of the temple suggesting that it was built (renovated) with the orders of C. Martin in 1883. The website’s verification says that Agar is an ancient archaeological site, located 66 KMs from Ujjain, and was a Camp (Chhavani) in English period. And Lt. Colonel C. Martin was indeed the Commander of Central India Horse British regiment during the second Anglo-Afghan war between 1878-1880. 

Considering the aforementioned documented records and the beliefs about the power of the temple, the website concludes that such an incident could have possibly happened. So the Baijnath Mahadev Temple is the only Indian temple made by a Britisher during their rule in India.

Source: Hinduism Today