December 12, 2015

Sushnesvara Temple

Site Name: Sushnesvara Temple 
Site Type: Hindu ancient temple
Location:   Bhubaneswar city, Odisha state, India
Highlights: Architecturally beautiful ancient 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, 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. The city is called as Ekamara Kshetra as it has so many Shiva temples. Let us explore a little known temple, Sushnesvara temple, in this article.


Location:

Sushnesvara temple is located at a distance of around 1 km from Ramesvara temple.

Temple Layout:

Sushnesvara temple is hardly known to anyone including the citizens of Bhubaneswar. It is a living temple enshrining Shiva Linga. The exterior walls are plain without any niche images. Based on the architecture style, the temple can be dated to 16th or 17 century CE. It has a Pidha order vimana and there is no Jagamohana. Nandi idol is placed facing the Shiva Linga. The pyramid shaped vimana is plain except for one tantric female figure. There is a separate shrine (probably a later addition) for Parvati.

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