Monday, April 28, 2014

Parsurameswar Temple, Bhubaneshwar

Parsurameswar Temple located in Bhubaneshwar, is one the oldest temples in the city. The temple is dated to the Sailodbhava period between the seventh and eighth centuries AD. It is preserved temple of early Orissan Hindu temple architecture.



The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva has a tower, the sanctum, the curvilinear spire over its roof, raising up to a height of 40 ft. It is the first temple to have an additional prayer hall in front of sanctum. The tower in the form of a pyramid composed of horizontal planes. The prayer hall is rectangular in shape and has a two element sloping roof with clerestory windows between them.



The latticed windows are classified as pata jali where perforations are square or rectangular in shape. In addition, there are windows having slabs of stone sculptures depicting dancers and musicians. 



The carvings of the temple include a variety of fruits, flowers, birds and animals depicted in scenes and parts of designs. The temple contains the images of numerous Sakta deities sculpted on its walls. 



The temple has Saptamatrikas images, namely, Chamunda, Varahi, Indrani, Vaisnavi, Kaumari, Sivani and Brahmi.

37 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful temple, I like the lattice windows and the carved sculptures. Great post, have a happy week!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Remarkable carvings, they must have had some advanced tools back then to create these.

Cloudia said...

Thank you.


Namaste

Muza-chan said...

Amazing....

aliasgarmukhtiar mukhtiar said...

Beautiful clicks

rupam sarma said...

Wonderful

George said...

This is a beautiful temple. It's wonderful that a building this old has been preserved and is in such good condition. The details are amazing.

Ruth Kelly said...

Sometimes their positions look very uncomfortable. Love the little yellow flowers.

ladyfi said...

So very lovely!

carol l mckenna said...

Great shots for OWT ~ another intricately carved temple ~ gorgeous! ~ namaste,

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

That is fascinating. It is truly a beautiful Temple.

Sylvia K said...

Such a beautiful temple and superb captures as always, Rajesh!!

Photo Cache said...

this temple design is very appealing to me.

Christian WeiƟ said...

A fascinating building and a lovely masonry.

Carver said...

Wonderful carvings in stone.

Leovi said...

Wonderful temple! A great work of art! I stay admired!

aliasgarmukhtiar mukhtiar said...

Nice Clicks

Haddock said...

The intricate work is too good. And to think that this is carved on stone.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

What is that single red flower I see?

Red Cemetery Flowers

Leslie: said...

Another beautiful temple with intricate detail. So pretty!

Leslie
abcw team

Marcy said...

Truly fascinating and oh, so pretty!

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edenhills said...

It amazes me that people could create such elaborate artwork without modern equipment.

Roger Owen Green said...

very detailed
ROG, ABCW

Mama Zen said...

Just gorgeous!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Elegant, intricate, amazing as your temples all seem to be. I adore the elephant parade.

AmitAag said...

Wonderful temple! Great pictures:)

R Niranjan Das said...

Wonderful architecture!

islandwonder said...

What a beautiful temple. The detail is amazing.

Jeevan said...

Beautiful compositions and details on the temple! There are some finest carvings and designs...

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Always enjoy your temple offerings!! YAM xx

D. Prabhu said...

Amazing photos :)

janiceadcock said...

It seems we are surrounded by music and dancing when we start looking for it. Thanks for sharing this beautiful temple.

Suzy said...

Beautiful temple. Love the music carvings particularly the one with the flute.

i b arora said...

nice photos

fashiontrendsandtipsblog said...

Beautiful Art

Yogi Saraswat said...

Wonderful

Abhijit Ray said...

Very nice photography. Great.