Jarai-ka-Math is a temple in Barua Sagar that is dedicated to goddess Amba. It is located at a distance of 19 kms from the city of Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh.
The temple was built during the reign of the Pratiharas. It was commissioned by the King Mihir Bhoj, and it dates back to approximately 860 AD. The main temple is surrounded by four shrines at four corners and the whole temple is built in red sandstone; the whole temple is an excellent example of the Pratihara architecture. The main shrine is a pancharata shrine of the Panchayatan type. It was declared a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India in the year 1928. The Chandellas were quite famous for their temple-building activities, which was quite vigorous at that time. This temple is the consequence of the same activity. It was dedicated to Devi Amba, whose sculptures are carved along the temple walls. However, the main image of the deity is missing from the temple. The only thing that remains is the pedestal and the jeweled right foot of a female placed on a lotus stalk. The whole temple stands on an elevated ground that dominates the surrounding area. The jeweled foot on the lotus stalk is associated with the Goddess Tara or Mateswari. There are erotic sculptures all along the walls of the Jarai-ka-Math, which are quite similar to the ones at the Khajuraho. The doorway of the temple is also carved with four rows of various images. The uppermost row has five dancing female deities, including Goddess Saraswati holding a Veena. The row below that displays the portrait of Astha dikpalas riding their mounts. The row below that has images of Lord Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, with images of two Bhikshatanamurti. The last row has portraits of six Goddesses, including those of Gaja Lakshmi, and Mahesvari.
The best time to visit the city of Jhansi is from November to March, when the weather remains quite pleasant and calm. Other times of the year, the weather is hot and temperatures can reach as high as 45 degree Celsius. The peak season to visit the city is during February, when the city celebrates the Jhansi Festival.
The temple is open all days of the week during timings 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM. The main deity is Goddess Amba and Devi in the form of Parvati, and the prayers offered to them are quite mesmerizing. The entry to the temple is free and photography is allowed inside the temple.