Bhubaneswar, Jan 25 (LocalWire) Bhubaneswar, the state capital of Odisha is home to hundreds of ancient temples, many we know but there are also several monuments of great masonry and artistry you will be tempted to visit.
While walking down in the old town vicinity of the city, one can have a glance of such temples.
One of the famous temples in Bhubaneswar (means God’s world) is the Lingaraj temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Close to this temple, there are several magnificent heritage monuments with rich architecture that was unknown to the people for a long time.
Suka Sari Temple:
The Suka Sari temple is a 12th-century old temple situated at the banks of Bindusagar near Lingaraj temple; the temple is next to the Sari temple.
These two temples are under excavation because a portion of the temple has gone under the ground-level.
To see the sculptural details, one has to climb down. It consists of a bit of sculpture more than the other temples in the city.
It is believed that King Ganga has built this temple in the 12th century A.D. It is believed that the temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The west-facing of the temple shares its compound wall with another architectural marvel Sari temple.
It consists of rich architecture along with navagraha panel and Lakshmi image at the entrance of the Sanctum Sanctorum.
But interestingly, the Sukasari temple does not have a Jagamohan inside the temple premises.
Similarly, an individual can also have a glance at the Gaja vyla images on the temple wall with various mesmerizing architectural motifs.
The vimana of the Sukasari temple resembles the Saptha Ratha.
This fascinating temple was not known to the local people and tourists as well because architecture by neglected by the local administration.
This ancient temple was hidden behind the hips of garbage, and hence it was unknown to the people.
But now the Archaeological Survey of India has taken the excavation work of the temple since 2014.
They are working to restore the temple as some of its parts have submerged.
The heritage monument with precisely crafted sculptural panoramic expressions gives the temple a distinct place in the field rich architect.
The temple situated in the Old town area of Bada Danda just 300 meters away from the Lingaraj Temple, and it shares the common boundary wall with the Lingaraj Temple.
This temple had been declared as a ‘Monument of National Importance,’ under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites & Remains Act 1958, by the Government of India.
The temple belongs to the Vaishnavism stream of Hinduism. The main deity of this temple is Goddess Chitrakarini.
“Chitrakarini” originated from the classic Indian language-Sanskrit, which means “Paintress.”
The ancient Hindu temple Vaital Deula situated at a distance of 600-meter fromLingaraj Temple, and it is widely known as ‘Tini Mundia Deula.’
The structure of 8th Century CE is quite different, and it deserves special attention for the semi-cylindrical shape of its roof, similar to South India temples.
The Jaganmohan is a rectangular structure, and it combines elements from tantric, Buddhist, and Vedic traditions.
The presiding deity is Goddess Chamunda, and the shrine looks quite fearsome wearing a necklace of skulls and protruding out her bright red tongue.
The sculpture and architecture of the temple are quite appealing and amazing.