Tirthesvara Siva Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
|Date built:||14th century A.D.|
|Architectural style:||Kalingn style|
|Address:||Near Bindu Sagar Road, Gouri Nagar, Old Town, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751002|
The Tirthesvara Siva temple is a Hindu template located in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa, India.
- Surrounding: The temple is surrounded by private residential buildings on three sides of east, north and south and the Tala bazaar road in the west.
- Orientation: The temple is facing towards west.
- Architectural features (Plan & Elevation) 405 On plan, the temple has a vimana and a jagamohana. The vimana measures 4.30 square metres, Jagamohana 3.40 metres in length and 4.15 metres in breadth and ganthiala 0.36 metres. The sanctum measures 2.03 square metres. The pabhaga of the vimana have been buried from all the sides. The vimana has panchanga bada. Talajangha measures 0.66 metres, bandhana 0.21 metres, upara jangha 0.65 metres and baranda 0.49 metres and gandi measures 5.30 metres. The mastaka is 2.00 metres. The jagamohana which is a later addition has a trianga bada. Visible parts of pabhaga measure 0.20 metres jangha 1.30 metres, baranda 0.38 metres, Gandi 1.30 metres and mastaka measures 0.98 metres. Gandi of the vimana distinguished by central raha and pair of anuratha and kanika paga are on either side of raha. The temple is plain because of the lime plaster on all over the walls which have been finished by a red wash.
- Raha niche & parsva devatas: The raha niches on three sides measure 0.66 metres in height, 0.43 metres in width and 0.23 metres in depth respectively, surmounted by a khakhara mundis. All the three niches are empty.
- Decorative features: Doorjamb: The doorjambs of the vimana measures 1.98 metres in height and 1.30 metres in width. At the base there are dvarapala niches with khakhara mundi that enshrine two Saiva dvarapalas standing in flexed position holding a trident in left and sword in right hands.
Legend / Local stories
The architectural features of the temple resembles with the Ganga period so it is believed that it was established in the 14th century A.D.
It is owned by multiple private parties. It is looked after by a committee of Talabazar under the leadership of Deven Samantaray and Govinda Samantaray. They lived in Talabazar, Old Town, Bhubaneswar.
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The Tirthesvara Siva temple is located in 20◦ latitude and 14’ 36″N, 85◦ longitude and 50’ 10″E, in an elevation of-85feet.
It is located in Talabazar road, Old Town, Bhubaneswar. It is situated on the left side of road leading from Bindusagar to Lingaraja temple. The temple is facing towards west. The enshrining deity is a Siva lingam within a circular Yonipitha which is located at a depth of 0.94 metres below the door level. It is a living temple.