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.