June 30, 2015

Sari Temple - Bhubaneswar

Site Name: Sari Deul Temple 
Site Type: Hindu ancient temple
Location:   Near Bindu Sagar tank, Bhubaneswar city, Odisha state, India
Highlights: Architecturally beautiful ancient temple - belongs to 13th century CE - Gangas period 
Nearest Railway Station: Bhubaneswar
Nearest Airport: Bhubaneswar
How to reach: Well connected by road, rail and air
Hotel: There are many options across the city
Restaurants: Varieties of options

Bhubaneswar is not only about the gigantic Lingaraja temple or the architectural marvels such as Raja Rani temple or Parasurameshwar temple. The city has a lot more to offer for any enthusiastic and art loving traveler or devotee. The city, which is the capital city of Odisha (formerly Orissa) state of India, is called as 'the City of Temples'. It once had around 3000 temples and even today hundreds of temples are located in every nook and corner of this heritage rich city. Let us explore an unknown and abondoned but extremely beautiful temple named Sari Deul temple in this article.

Location:

It is very difficult to provide the exact location of small and little known temples. Sari temple is located on the right side of the road branching from Ratha road to Bindu Sagar, on the southern banks.

Architecture and Temple Layout:

Sari temple was built by the Gangas Kings in the 13th century CE. According to me, it should be considered as one of the most beautiful temples in Bhubaneswar. It is unfortunate that it is in a neglected state and a lot of encroachments have happened near this ancient site. In fact, the temple is located in a very narrow lane and it is very difficult to click proper photographs of the site. For name sake, it is under the protection of ASI and hardly any protection or care is taken for this heritage rich architectural marvel.

The temple has sanctum sanctorum with Rekha type vimana. It does not enshrine any deity although it used to be a temple of Lord Shiva. There is Jagmohana with Pidha. The vimana and jagamohana are Panchanga Bada in elevation. The vimana is Sapta Ratha and jagmohana is Nava Ratha on plan.

The entire temple looks awesome and not even a small piece of wall is left without decorations or sculptures. The entire exterior walls of temple are decorated with architectural motifs such as Pidha Mundi and Khakhara Mundi, Naga stambhas, and others. Also, they contain the sculptures/carvings of mythological animals like Virala and Gaja Kranta, flowers, creepers, scroll works, sages, royal figures, warriors, some deities such as Krishna and Parvati, Dikpalas and their consorts such as Indra, Indrani, etc., animals such as elephants, lions, etc. Even few amorous sculptures are also found.


The decorations on the exterior walls are very intricate and attractive. In fact, although hundreds of architecturally beautiful temples are found across Bhubaneswar, only very few temples have such intricate sculptures. Another important feature of the temple is that not only the sanctorum walls but even the walls of Jagmohana are found with intricate sculptures. 

Even the windows of this temple look artistic. They are not ordinary but balustrated windows with the sculptures of Nayikas (dancing girls) are found in the place of rods. The vimana as well as the entrance the temple have Navagraha panels and Lakshmi relief images.


The sculptures of Nayikas in different postures that are found in large numbers are outstanding. The sculptures of Dikpalas and their consorts found in this temple are rare which cannot be easily found in the other temples of Bhubaneswar. Only Parvati is found as the Parsvadevta (niche) image.

Let me reiterate. This extraordinary monument should be given importance. At least it should be properly protected. Already a lot of sculptures appear to be missing and broken. It appears that the materials of the temple are being used by the local people to build their houses. It is highly unfortunate to find people do not respect this great heritage property of our country but even try to slowly destroy the same.

Let us protect and support our heritage!

Happy travelling.




June 27, 2015

Bakresvara Temple - Bhubaneswar

Site Name: Bakresvara Temple 
Site Type: Hindu ancient temple
Location:   Near Bharati Matha, Bhubaneswar city, Odisha state, India
Highlights: Architecturally beautiful ancient temple - belongs to 13th century CE - Gangas period 
Nearest Railway Station: Bhubaneswar
Nearest Airport: Bhubaneswar
How to reach: Well connected by road, rail and air
Hotel: There are many options across the city
Restaurants: Varieties of options 


Bhubaneswar is not only about the gigantic Lingaraja temple or the architectural marvels such as Raja Rani temple or Parasurameshwar temple. The city has a lot more to offer for any enthusiastic and art loving traveler or devotee. The city, which is the capital city of Odisha (formerly Orissa) state of India, is called as 'the City of Temples'. It once had around 3000 temples and even today hundreds of temples are located in every nook and corner of this heritage rich city. Let us explore an unknown temple named Bakresvara temple in this article.

Location:

It is very difficult to provide the exact location of small and little known temples. Bakresvara temple is located next to Yamesvara temple on the left side of the road branching from Badheibanka Chowk to Jambesvara Patna near Bharati Matha.


Architecture and Temple Layout:

Bakresvara Siva Temple is located next to Yamesvara temple. Similar to Yamesvara temple, this was also built by the Ganga Kings in the 13th century CE. Compared to Yamesvara temple, this one is smaller in size.

The temple has sanctum sanctorum with a Rekha type Vimana which is Sapta ratha on plan. It has Pidha type Jagmohana which is Nava ratha on plan. There is no deity found in the sanctorum. This is not a living temple and is being maintained by ASI. There are no sculptures on the temple walls; however, there are sculptural and architectural motifs found. 

Happy travelling.


June 26, 2015

Yamesvara Temple - Bhubaneswar

Site Name: Yamesvara Temple (also pronounced as Jamesvara)
Site Type: Hindu ancient temple
Location:   Near Bharati Matha, Bhubaneswar city, Odisha state, India
Highlights: Architecturally beautiful ancient temple - belongs to 13th century CE - Gangas period - one of the most beautiful temples of Bhubaneswar
Nearest Railway Station: Bhubaneswar
Nearest Airport: Bhubaneswar
How to reach: Well connected by road, rail and air
Hotel: There are many options across the city
Restaurants: Varieties of options 

Bhubaneswar is not only about the gigantic Lingaraja temple or the architectural marvels such as Raja Rani temple or Parasurameshwar temple. The city has a lot more to offer for any enthusiastic and art loving traveler or devotee. The city, which is the capital city of Odisha (formerly Orissa) state of India, is called as 'the City of Temples'. It once had around 3000 temples and even today hundreds of temples are located in every nook and corner of this heritage rich city. Let us explore an unknown but extremely beautiful temple named Yamesvara temple in this article.

Location:

It is very difficult to provide the exact location of small and little known temples. Yamesvara (the local people from Bhubaneswar sometimes pronounce it as Jamesvara) temple is located on the left side of the road branching from Badheibanka Chowk to Jambesvara Patna near Bharati Matha.

Architecture and Temple Layout:

Yamesvara temple belongs to 13th or 14th century CE and was built by the Gangas Kings. 

Although the temple has Shiva Linga, hardly anyone uses the shrines for worship or hardly any daily pooja is conducted. The temple is under the control of ASI.

The temple is huge. The main shrine is big and architecturally beautiful. It enshrines Shiva Linga idol. The vimana is tall and is or rekha style. There is a big Pidha type Jagmohana. In Jagmohana there are two Parvati idols and one unidentified idol is found. In addition, there is a detached front side mandapa with a lot of pillars and the missing ceiling. Even Nandi is found in a small raised mandapa (something similar to what is called as Nandi mandapa in South Indian temples).  Two stone deep stambhas, one damaged and another in good condition, are also found near the Nandi mandapa.

The interior walls are plain. But the exterior walls as well as the vimana are intricately decorated and full of sculptures that include the dancing girls, amorous couples, ladies riding lions, elephant procession, Nagas, etc. The typical Kalingan style lions with the first two legs raised and lions on top of elephants heads are found in various places across the temple walls and vimana. There are damaged Ganesha and Kartikeya idols are found as the niche images.

Apart from the artistically beautiful sculptures across the walls, the entrance has Navagraha panel and Lakshmi relief image. 

In addition to this main shrine, there are four small shrines located in the prakara. Some of them are submerged slightly underground. Apart from in these sub-shrines, few Shiva Lingas are found outside in the prakara.

This temple has awesome features and it is definitely one of the best and beautiful temples in Bhubaneswar. It is unfortunate that it is not so popular like Lingaraja or Raja Rani temples.

Happy travelling.