Glimpses of History: Excavations at Morni-ka-tal

A number of Brahmanincal stone sculptures of the early medieval  and the Pratihara period were excavated at the ancient Thakur Dwara Temple at Morni-ka-tal in 1970s.The sculptures include the icons of Karttikeya, Surya, Siva, Uma-Mahesvara, Ganesa, Lakulisa, Vishnu, Nataraja, Trimurti, Siva-linga etc Six such sculptures have been housed in the section on medieval sculptures in the Government Museum and Art Gallery at Chandigarh.This section also has sculptures excavated in the neighbouring Pinjore and Naraingarh area.Going by the age of the sculptures there was a civilization by the banks of the Morni lake in the 10th Century A.D.

Shiva Kamantaka, Morni-ka-tal

Shiva Kamantaka- The form of Shiva in which he destroyed Kama the god of love and lust, for disturbing him while doing penance.

Mahishasura Mardini, Morni-ka-tal

Goddess Durga- the slayer of Mahishasura, the demon

Lakulisha, Morni-ka-tal

Lakulisha was the last incarnation of Shiva who brought the different sects of shavites together and was the propounder of the yoga system.