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.


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.

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