Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Biranchi Narayan Temple, Buguda, Ganjam a 200 Year Old Sun Temple also 2nd Sun Temple of Odisha

Biranchi Narayan Temple:

Biranchi Narayan Sun Temple, also known as the Biranchi Narayan or Viranchinarayana or the Wooden Konark, is a Hindu Temple located in the town of Buguda in Ganjam, Odisha. 

It is the second Surya temple constructed in Odisha. The temple was renovated by King Srikara Bhanjadeo in 1790. The presiding deity at the temple is Biranchi Narayan or Surya in the combination of Hindu trinity, whose image was recovered from ruins at Malatigad. 

The imagery also features a chariot driven by seven horses with one wheel on its left side, with Aruna as the chariot's driver.

The roof of the temple is constructed on a total of 46 pillars and contains intricate wood designs. Unlike the Konark temple, which faces east, the Birachi Narayan Sun Temple faces west. 

Consequently, while at Konark sun rays of the rising sun shine on the installed Surya, at the Biranchi Narayan Temple the rays of the setting sun fall on Surya's feet. Though the walls are made of lime and mortar the ceilings and facade are made of timber. 

The ornately carved wooden panels treated with vibrant colours is a treat for the eyes. Though the colours have dimmed with time but they still shines through.

The stories epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata and mythological anecdotes adorning the walls are depicted in such exemplary fashion that they seemingly come to life right in front of you.

This Temple is 60km from Nayagarh Town and 68 kms from Brahmapur Town.