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|
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).
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