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.