The Bateshwar collection of Hindu temples is believed to have been constructed between the 8th and 10th-centuries by the Gurjara-Pratihara dynasty. Little is known about their construction, as once this empire fell, the temples too disappeared from the history books and were swallowed up by the jungle. They were re-discovered by British archeologist Alexander Cunningham in the 19th-century but were in ruins. Historians believe that an earthquake during the 13th-century was responsible for the destruction.
Despite being declared a protected site by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) in 1920, the temple complex remained in this state for the entire 20th-century. Local dacoits (gangs) once controlled the area surrounding the temples, preventing tourists and archeologists from visiting the site. Luckily, this also meant that vandals were unable to enter either.
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