Friday, 6 October 2017

Ananta Vasudeva Temple (13th century), Bubaneswar , Odisha

Bhubaneswar, the state capital of Odisha, India is credited with countless Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Shiva and unlike, the temples of south India, these places of worship have a unique style native to this region. In many temples around Bhubaneswar, the outer walls are  richly ornamented with images that are set in a particular fashion. Many temples here are pretty old, some date back to 10th century.

Ananta Vasudeva Temple,  dedicated to Lord Krishna (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) is in Bhubaneswar

Ananta Vasudeva Temple, Bubaneswar. Temple Advisor

city (Kurda District) and is an interesting one.   This 13th century, temple dates back to the time  of Chandrika Devi, the daughter of Anangabhima III, during the reign of the king Bhanudeva.
It is believed the original image of Vishnu adorned  in the old temple that existed on the present spot.  Queen Chandrika of Eastern Ganga dynasty took the initiative and built the new structure  in the 13th century dedicated to Ananta Vasudeva. 


Ananta Vasudeva Temple, Bubaneswar. Tour My India
The temple architecture may resemble the popular Lingaraj temple  with similar horizontal bands of miniature shikharas (shrines), but the  minor difference being the number of the shikharas forming one horizontal / longitudinal band in its case is only three. So is the  sculpture in the outer  walls  that varies in character in each temple in Bhubaneswar.

Like Puri Jagannath here the deities of Krishna, Balarama and Subhadra are worshipped. Balarama stands under a seven hooded serpent, Subhadra holds a pot of Jewels  and lotus in her two hands keeping her left foot over another jewel pot, while Krishna holds a mace, chakra, lotus and a conch. In this temple, unlike the Puri temple, the idol of the three deities are made of black granite rock incomplete form. This city is called Chakra kshetra (circular place), whereas Puri  goes by Shankha kshetra (curved place).

Ananta Vasudeva Temple, Bubaneswar. HappyTrips.com
The Marathas ruled this part of land up to Mahanadhi and during their reign took interest in this temple and renovated the Vishnu temple at Bhubaneswar in the late 17th Century.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ananta_Vasudeva_Temple