Harihara Deula or the Twin Temples are dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu. They are situated near the bank of Mahanadi, in Gandharadi village in Boudh district, Odisha.
The 10th century stood as the witness to the construction of the religious edifice, Harihara Deula. The temple, built by the Somavamsi Kshatriya Kings, stands as an illustration of the Kalingan style of architecture. The pilgrimage centre dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu marks the harmony between Shaivaite and Vaishnavite cults. The central vimana of the temple confirms to the rekha deula order while the Jagamohana is flat roofed.
The Siddhesvara Temple located within the temple complex is dedicated to Lord Shiva enshrining a Shivalinga within a circular yonipith. Another shrine, Nilamadhava Temple houses an idol of Lord Vishnu carved out of a black chlorite. The idol possesses four hands holding weapons.
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