Laxman temple started out as a structure dedicated to Vishnu. It is believed to have been commissioned by Queen Vasata in the honor of her husband King Harshagupta of the Somavanashi /Pandu dynasty that once held sway over Dakshin Kosala. Surrounded by neat, verdurous grounds, this small but exceptional brick temple is in relatively good shape and considered an archeological watershed. The premises of the 7th – century temple play host to the annual Sirpur Festival, a mélange of art, music, culture and the ancient. The temple is built entirely in burnt red-brick save for the elaborately carved stone doorway.