December 30, 2015

Sisiresvara Temple - Bhubaneswar

Site Name: Sisiresvara Temple 
Site Type: Hindu ancient temple 
Location:   Bhubaneswar city, Odisha state, India
Highlights: One of the oldest 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 a little known temple, Sisiresvara temple, in this article.


Sisiresvara temple is located in the same complex, where Baital Deula temple is situated. It is located at the outskirts of Bhubaneswar city, on the left side of the road leading from Mausima chowk to Badehibanka chowk. 


The temple belongs to the 8th century CE and was built by the Bhaumakara rulers

Architecture/Temple Layout:

Sisiresvara temple has a rekha vimana. The Jagamohana has a flat terraced roofed structure; there is a clerestory in between two tires of roof.  It shares the compound wall with a nearby Baital Deula temple. The temple is pancharatha on plan and triangabada in elevation.

It is a living temple enshrining Shiva Linga. The vimana and jagamohana are decorated with architectural designs such as floral motifs, scroll works, animal processions, amorous figures, erotic figures and few deities including Nataraj.

A beautiful Ganesha in the sitting posture, Shiva in yogic posture and few other Shaivite deities are found as the niche idols. The exterior wall of the temple is full of architectural designs or idols; not even a single inch is left out.

Happy travelling.