Ekamra Kshetra

Ekamra Kshetra or the temple city of Bhubaneswar is a series of ancient sandstone temples, heritage ponds and water tanks, its wealth of monuments is testament to an ancient continuous architectural and historical heritage covering over 2,000 years from the 3rd century BC to the 15th century AD.[1][2][3] It has been listed as a tentative site in UNESCO World Heritage[2] list.

Ekamra Kshetra
Religion
AffiliationHinduism
DistrictKhordha district
Location
LocationOld Town, Bhubaneswar
StateOdisha
CountryIndia
Geographic coordinates20°14′18″N 85°50′01″E / 20.23833°N 85.83361°E / 20.23833; 85.83361Coordinates: 20°14′18″N 85°50′01″E / 20.23833°N 85.83361°E / 20.23833; 85.83361
Architecture
TypeKalinga Architecture

Modernisation planEdit

In the year 2020 Government of Odisha decided to make the area modern, which will attract more tourists. The Ekamra Kshetra development project covers an area of 1126 acre with an outer core of 476 acre, intermediate core of 504 acre and inner core of 145 acre.[4][5]

The first phase of the project includes outer access road development, Lingaraj entry plaza, Bindusagar revival plan, parking space, heritage complex, development of amenities for Kedar Gouri- Mukteswar complex, e-auto project, relocation project and a state-of-the-art interpretation centre. As Bindusagar is a major attraction, work has started on its holistic development and beautification. All construction between Lingaraj Temple and Bindusagar will be dismantled so that pilgrims can also visit the Bindhyabasini, Bhabanishankar, Sukashari and Mohini temples without any problem. Till around 350 years back, there was no construction between Lingaraj Temple and Bindusagar except temples. The same thing will be restored in the Ekamra Kshetra project.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Centre, UNESCO World Heritage. "Ekamra Kshetra – The Temple City, Bhubaneswar". UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
  2. ^ a b "Ekamra Kshetra - The Temple City, Bhubaneswar - World Heritage Site - Pictures, Info and Travel Reports". www.worldheritagesite.org.
  3. ^ Desk, India TV News (25 March 2014). "Know why Bhubaneswar is called city of temples (watch pics)". www.indiatvnews.com.
  4. ^ "Ekamra Kshetra to replicate Jagannath temple project". The New Indian Express.
  5. ^ "Odisha govt announces rehabilitation & resettlement policy for Ekamra Kshetra Amenities and Monument Revival Action Plan". 27 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Complete Ekamra Kshetra in a year, Naveen to officials". 18 August 2020.