July 5, 2015

Bhabani Shankar Temple - Bhubaneswar

Site Name: Bhabani Shankar Temple 
Site Type: Hindu ancient temple
Location:   Near Bindu Sagar tank, Bhubaneswar city, Odisha state, India
Highlights: 14th century CE Ganga period temple
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 about an unknown temple named Bhabani Shankar Temple.

Bhabani Shankar Temple is located near Mohini Temple and Bindu Sagar. The temple is very small. It has sanctum sanctorum with rekha type vimana and Jagmohana with Pidha. The temple is Pancha ratha on plan and Pancha anga bada in elevation.

This is a living temple and has Shiva Linga and Bhabani as the main deities. Bhabani is pronounced as Bhavani in other parts of India. Shiva's consort Parvati's another name is Bhavani. In a way, this temple is different as Shiv Linga is found along with his consort in the sanctum.

In the temple complex, there is another ancient temple called Narayani temple is located.

The temple belongs to the 14th century CE and was built by the Gangas. This temple is a fine example for beautiful temple architectural style of Ganga Kings. Unfortunately, it can also be considered as the example for how badly renovation work can be done. When science and technology was not developed in those days, the beautiful temples were built. In the current era, where we are well equipped with technology, we could not even properly renovate the temples.

Happy travelling.

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