Bharateswara Shiva Temple is a 6th-century Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, India. The enshrined deity is a Shivalinga within a circular yonipitha (basement). Rituals like Shivratri, is observed here. Located on the left side of the road leading from Kalpana chowk to Lingaraja temple and just opposite to the Ramesvara temple.[1] The temple has a rekha vimana of early Kalingan order. It is one of the earliest existing temple of Odisha.[2][3]

Bharateswara Shiva Temple
Bharateswar Temple is located in Odisha
Bharateswar Temple
Location in Odisha
Bharateswar Temple is located in India
Bharateswar Temple
Bharateswar Temple (India)
Geographic coordinates20°15′11.65″N 85°50′11.26″E / 20.2532361°N 85.8364611°E / 20.2532361; 85.8364611
StyleKalinga architecture
Completed6th century CE

History edit

The temple was constructed in the later half of 6th century CE during the Sailodbhava rule.[4] The Odisha State Archaeology has renovated parts of the temple.[4]

Architecture edit

The temple is constructed in the rekha vimana of early Kalingan order architecture style using sandstone. The sandstones are carved with very ancient design by the workers. The entrance of the temple is very short that hardly people can enter straight. The entrance were short as it was believed that the devotees should lean down against God.On the basis of architectural scheme and an inscription in the lintel of Laxmanesvara temple, which is adjacent to it, the temple can be assigned to 6th century AD. The temple is triratha on plan and triangabada in elevation (the outer wall divided into three sections).[5]

See also edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ "Bharatesvara Siva Temple, Old Town, Bhubaneswar, Dist.-Khurda" (PDF). Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  2. ^ Odissi dance. Orissa Sangeet Natak Adademi, 1990. 1990.
  3. ^ "Temples to hog the limelight - Eight important shrines across capital to be lit up with new age energy-efficient floodlights". Archived from the original on 1 October 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Bharatesvara Siva Temple, Old Town, Bhubaneswar, Dist.-Khurda" (PDF). Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  5. ^ "ODISHA (ORISSA) TEMPLES". Retrieved 17 October 2017.

References edit

  1. Debala Mitra, 1985, Bhubaneswar, New Delhi.
  2. T. E. Donaldson, 1985, Hindu Temple Art of Orissa, Vol. - I, Leiden.
  3. R. P. Mohapatra, 1986, Archaeology in Orissa, Vol. - I, New Delhi.