Bateshwar is part of the Chambal Valley, where dacoits once roamed

An hour’s drive from Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, is the abandoned temple complex of Bateshwar

Bateshwar is part of the infamous Chambal Valley where dacoits once held away

The kings of the dynasty were known for patronising sculptors and numerous temples

He figured early on that if he had to make any progress, he would have to have the dacoits

So, he began sending them messages through intermediaries

What you see today are over 80 temples restored to their former glory