Swarnadhisvara Siva Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
|Date built:||13th century A.D.|
|Architectural style:||Kalingan Style|
The Swarnadhisvara Siva temple is located in the northern side of the road leading from Lingaraj Temple to Kedar Gouri. in Bhubaneswar, the capital of the state of Orissa. The temple is facing towards east. The enshrined deity is a Siva lingam within a circular yoni pitha. The Sanctum measures 1.5 square m which is 2 m below the present ground level. The temple is made of laterite. It is an abandoned and a non-living temple. The temple was built in the Late Ganga period in the 13th Century CE.
- the temple has a vimana and a frontal porch that measures 3.5 square m. It is pancharatha plan as distinguished by a central raha and pair of anuratha and kanika pagas on either sides of the raha. On elevation, the bada is the panchanga bada as it is partially buried that measure 2.3 m in height. The baranda with three mouldings measures 0.55 m. The gandi measures 3.0 m in height with a central raha and a pair of anuratha and kanika pagas are either sides of raha. The mastaka measures 1.0 m in height has components like beki, amlaka, khapuri and kalasa.
- Decorative features: The eastern wall of the gandi is relieved with three miniature rekha deula out of which the central one is taller than the other two. Above it is a gajakranta motif of which only the elephant exists. In the northern wall there is a vajra mastaka and above it there is a broken udyota simha. In the southern and northern walls only vajra mastaka exist. The other part of the gandi is plain.
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