Ancient Site (Excavated)
22° 04' 51.78'' N, 73° 14' 58.81'' E

Karvan, anciently known as Kayavarohan, is famous as the birth place of Lakulisa, the founder of Pasupata school of Saivism. The excavation were conducted here from 1974-75 to 1977-78 and on the basis of brick size, pottery, coins and other finding the site is datable from 2nd to 8th century A.D. The excavation revealed a brick temple complex, rectangular in plan, consisting of more than one compartment which was provided with a flight of steps and a moonstone at the entrance. The structure is enclosed by an outer wall. The main temple, raised over a platform consists of a garbhagriha, antrala and a mandapa with remnants of lime plaster on the wall. The garbhagriha with many offsets and corners made of chamfered bricks enshrines a linga within yonipitha, connected with a pranala. The entrance of the temple was traced on the northern side. A number of decorated bricks and stucco fragments, were found during excavations from the five structural phases other finds include copper and lead coins, clay bullies T.C. and stone beads, animal figurines and copper objects.