Thursday, August 29, 2019

Madhava or Madhaba or Madhabananda Jew Temple, Madhab Village, Niali, Cuttack District, Odisha a 13th Century Temple

Madhava or Madhaba or Madhabananda Jew Temple:

Madhava Temple is the temple dedicated to Vishnu is located on the left bank of river Prachi in the Madhab Village, Niali block of Cuttack district, Orissa.

Madhab Temple was constructed by King Bhanudeva I of the Eastern Ganga dynasty in 13th Century.

The temple is built according to the Pancharatha design and consists of a Vimana, Jagamohana and the flat roofed Natamandapa. 

The four armed idol of Lord Vishnu or Madhaba is a rare visage, wherein Madhaba is depicted holding the Mace on the upper left hand, the Sudrashan Chakra in the lower left hand, the Lotus on the upper right hand and the Conch on the  lower right hand.

The ornately carved temple walls depict scenes from the Mahabharata, Krishnalila, the dasa avatar and Lord Vishnu in ananta shayan mudra to name a few.

Some erotic carvings can also be found on the outer wall of the temple.

This temple architecture is of traditional Kalinga style.

Madhaba temple is located at Niali which is approximately 50 KM from Bhubaneswar along the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack highway; take a right turn under the Phulnakhra flyover and head straight.

The temple is at a distance of 6 km from Niali town. Anybody, who is visiting Madhava temple and want to offer the God prasada should buy fruits or prasad from nearest Niali market as no prasad or bhoga stores are available near the temple.

This temple is a protected monuments declared by Archaeological Survey of India.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Sobhaneswar Shiva Temple, Niali, Cuttack District, Odisha a 12th Century Shiva Temple

Sobhaneswar Shiva Temple:

Sobhaneswar Shiva Temple is a 12th century heritage site built by King Anangabhima Deva II (1190-98) of Ganga dynasty. 

This temple later renovated by Nagavamsi king named Vaidyanatha.

This artistically designed Hindu temple is situated on the left banks of sacred Prachi river at Niali in Cuttack district, around 45 kms from Bhubaneswar. 

It’s a protected monument site of State Archeology Dept. The Kalingan style detailed carvings on the laterite stones can only be felt on visiting the shrine which is inside a village. 

The temple is believed to have a natya mandap (dance hall) at the main entrance of the compound in past. 

The meghnad pacheri (outer protective wall) looks intact & the lingam is worshipped inside the garbha griha ( sanctum sanctorum).

Many of the sculptures have lost their finesse to erosion caused by wind and water logging. 

A mega size Nandi has been made recently at the entrance of the main gate which is an added attraction. 

Monday, August 26, 2019

Asta Sambhu Temples - Kualo - Dhenkanaal - Odisha - India - Shiva Temples - 10th Century

Asta Sambhu Temples: 

Astasambhu Shiva Temples is a collection of eight (8) Shiva temple dated back to 10th Century. 

It is situated 72 km from Dhenkanal, 45 km from Angul and 25 km from Talcher town, 

Kualo is famous for housing a plethora of temples dedicated to Lord Kanakeswar, Baidyanath, Paschimeswar, Balunkeswar and Kapileswar. 

In its ruined form, the temple of Kanakeswar is about 24 meters high and preserves some of the earliest specimens of sculptures representing ancient temple building activities in Odisha. 

Dhenkanal attracts visitors due to natural beauty and temple around it. Some of us do not know much about this famous Astasambhu Temple. 

As per history Kualo was the capital of old Karamula. These eight Shiva lingams are known as - Kanakeswar, Swapneswar, Aisneswar, Kapileswar, Baidyanatheswar, Baneswar and Lokanatheswar.

Maa Biraja Temple - Jajpur - Odisha - Shakti Peeth - Odisha Temple

Maa Biraja Temple:

Biraja Temple is one of the ancient Hindu temples located in the Jajpur district of Odisha, India. This present temple was built in 13th century. It is situated in the Jajpur town which is 125 KM from Bhubaneswar.

The main idol is Devi Durga who is worshiped by the name Biraja.The idol is having two hands, in one hand she pierces the chest of Mahishasura with a spear and in other hand she pulls the tail of the Mahishasura.

The Durga idol is standing on Lion in one leg and other leg is on Mahishasura chest.The Mahishasura is depicted as a Buffalo, not as regular human demon.The crown of Devi has symbol of Ganesha, Crescent moon and a Shivalinga.

The temple covers a large area, and it has several Shiva linga and other deities. Jajpur is also known as Biraja Kshetra or Biraja Peetha.According to Skanda Purana,utkala khanda it washes all rajo guna of pilgrims. So called as Biraja or Biraja kshetra.

The common languages spoken in the area are Odia, Hindi and English. It is one of 68 tirtha of Maa Durga. Though during the Mughal Afghan rule the Ĺšakti worship relating to Goddess Biraja faced the ups and downs, the tradition continues undeterred till today.

Nabhi Gaya is found here in the form of a well. Pitru Pooja (Pinda Dhaan, Tharpanam, Thithi) are performed here. The temple itself arranges the priests and the pooja items.