Sunday, September 8, 2019

Maa Bhagabati Temple and Daksha Prajapati Shiva Temple, a 13th Century Temple, Banapur, Khordha District, Odisha


It was once the Capital of Sailodhvaba dynasty during 8th to 9th century, responsible for the construction of the early group of temples at Bhubaneswar. In Banapur, Tourist Points are Maa Bhagabati Temple and Daksha Prajapati Temple. Banapur Comes under khordha District of Odisha.

Maa Bhagabati Temple:

Maa Bhagabati Temple which is situated in Banapur near Balugaon.

Goddess Bhagabati,the presiding deity of the place Banapur has earned celebrity as a center of religious activities.

This temple is situated in Banapur which is 8 kms from Balugaon and 105 kms. from Bhubaneswar.

Bhagabati Temple is one of the twelve famous Saktipithas as as mentioned by sarala dasa in his Odia Mahabharat.

The Present temple and his Jagamohana are said to have been constructed by the Gajapati Maharaja of Puri. This temple is 700 years old.

A lot of people from odisha came to visit this temple.

Daksha Prajapati Temple:

Daksha Prajapati Temple , also known as Dakshesvara Shiva Temple is on the right side of Balugaon-Bhagabati Temple Road in Banapur town and is about 5 kms west of Balugaon on NH16.

It is one of the best preserved heritage temple in Odisha and a fine specimen of extraordinary artistic excellence of Kalingan art.

On the basis of architectural features, sculptural embellishments and building materials, the temple can be dated to the during the rule of King Narasimha Deva I of the Eastern Ganga dynasty, during the first half of 13th century.

Daksha means ‘able’ & Prajapati is the Lord of the Creatures. Daksha is the son of Brahma & the father of Sati (wife of Shiba).

Here Daksha Prajapati is being worshipped in the form of Lord Shiba as Daksheswar, hence the temple is also known as Daksheswara Shiba Temple.

The temple is made of khondalite stone.

This temple attracts tourists due to its beautiful & well maintained design & sculpture like Gaja-Vidalas, Alasha Kanyas ( decorative nayika figures) & other minor images.

The scroll work locally called dali/lata in Odia, is extremely beautiful and varied in design.

Despite its richness and beauty, the temple is not known outside Banapur and is a distant second fiddle to the more revered.

If you are coming to visit Chilika Lake from Balugaon or barkul Side, then must include these two temple in your tour itenary, You will not regret.