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Malinithan Temple Arunachal Pradesh

Malinithan Temple of Arunachal Pradesh
Malinithan Temple of Arunachal Pradesh
Malinithan is a ruin of a temple site, which is a popular pilgrimage center in Arunachal Pradesh. It is situated at the foot of the Siang hills under the Likabali Sub-Division of West Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh. This temple at Malinithan is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is built on the classical tradition of Orissa. The ruins of Durga Temple in Malinithan were hidden until the series of excavation started from 1968 and ending 1971.

During these excavations the ruins of the temple and many valuable scriptures were exhumed. According to the legend associated with this place, Lord Krishna with his newly married wife Rukmini on the eve of her marriage begged blessings of Goddess Parvati. Krishna and Rukmini were welcomed here by Parvati with garlands, which is why Parvati acquired the name Milini and this place Malinithan.

The excavation at Malinithan has beautifully designed and decorated basement of the temple, divine images, icons of the deities, animal motifs, floral designs and carved columns and panels. These rich granite Malinithan Temple sculptures belong to 14 -15 centuries, which has Indra on Airavat, Surya on Chariot and huge Nandi bull. The Malinithan also holds sculptures of 100 Gods and Goddesses, dancing Yakshi and images of erotic twins on the arch. A Shivalinga, made of falic stone is also present over here.

The Malinithan Temple of Arunachal Pradesh is situated 1 km from Likabadi in a beautiful place providing an exceptional view of the surrounding nature. The nearest railhead to Malinithan is in Assam, Silapathar and the nearest airport is located in Dibrugarh and Leelabari of Assam. There are some comfortable accommodations available in Likabadi for the tourists visiting Malinithan Temple.