Bhringesvara Siva Temple
Location: Bhubaneswar
Famous For : Siva temple
District: Khordha
History : The Bhringesvara Siva temple is situated on the foothills of Dhauli and the left bank of the river Daya, in the southeastern outskirts of Bhubaneswar in the village Khatuapada. The temple was built during 8th century. The main temple is of late Kalingan style dating back to the 15th century. The present existing structure was built during the Gajapati rule. The temple is facing towards west and the presiding deity is a circular yoni pitha with a hole at the centre. The temple is made of light grey sand stone. The temple is renovated one from bottom to the top by employing the earlier materials. This temple is now under the protection of Orissa State Archaeology. The temple stands on a high platform measuring 26.50 mtrs in length, 22.10 mtrs in width and 2 mtrs in height. On plan, the temple hasa square vimana and a frontal porch measuring 08.35mtrs in length (vimana measures 07.10 mtrs and frontal porch is 01.25mtrs). The vimana has a square sanctum measuring two square mtrs inside the cella. The vimana is pancharatha as distinguished by a central raha and a pair of anuratha pagas and kanika paga on either side of the raha. On elevation, the vimana is of rekha order that measures 11.14mtrs in height. The bada of the temple measuring 4.14mtrs has five mouldings without any sculptural embellishment. The pabhaga measures 1.08mtrs, tala jangha-0.95mtrs, bandhana-0.31mtrs, upara jangha-0.90mtrs, and baranda-0.95mtrs. The pabhaga has four base mouldings of khura, kumbha, pata and basanta. The gandi measuring 4.50 mtrs is devoid of any decoration except the Udyota simha in the raha pagas on three sides and gajakranta in the western wall. The mastaka bears beki, amlaka, khapuri, kalasa, ayudha measuring 2.50 mtrs. in height.
How to Reach : into the city from the airport. One can easily reach Lingaraj Temple by bus or taxi.

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