Annakoteshwara Temple, Annakoteswar Temple, or Annakotisvara Siva Temple is located in Latadeipur in Gondia tehsil in Dhenkanal district, Odisha.The Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva with a stone shivalinga.Annakoteshwara Temple also known as Urnakoteshvara temple is a Shaivite temple situated in the enchanting Latadeipur close to Gondia tehsil in Dhenkanal district in the Indian state of Orissa. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva installed in the sanctum sanctorum or garbhagriha in the form of a Shivalingam within a circular yonipitha.
The temple is a Pancharatha temple having Rekha deula (Vimana) and a Pidha deula. The temple is decorated with Khakharamundi and Pidhamundis along the main Vimana. Several detached sculptures are kept in care. On the basis of construction the temple can be said to be built around 16th century during Suryavamsi Gajapati rule. The Garbhagriha houses a circular Yonipeetha only. The Lingamurthy is displaced by attacks of Kalapahad who was a Muslim invader from the nawabs of Bengal near Murshidabad.Annakoteshwara Temple, an ancient Hindu temple echoing the fascinating legends of Lord Shiva, stands as an exquisite example of the artistic skills of the craftsmen. Pancharatha in plan, the temple is of the Rekha deula (Vimana) and a Pidha deula order. The religious centre is adorned with Khakharamundi and Pidhamundis by the side of the main Vimana. Magnificent sculptural work has been carved on the walls of the temple that augment its beauty. Based on the architectural work, the construction and the stylistic development of the temple, it can be stated that the temple had been constructed in the 16th century during Suryavamsi Gajapati rule.
The Shivalingam enshrined in the garbhagriha of the temple was said to have been displaced during the invasions of Kalapahad, a Muslim invader hailng from the nawabs of Bengal near to Murshidabad.
Annakoteshwara Temple visited by thousands of pilgrims from different destinations can be easily approached from 22 kms north of Dhenkanal Township via Joranda Gadhi.
The temple is listed as a monument by the Archaeological Survey of India.
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