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Bramheswara Temple

Bramheswara Temple

Bramheswara Temple at bhubaneshwar is a tribute to the mature Oriyan school of architecture, this beautiful temple houses a living deity, which is indicated by the saffron pennant flying from the top of the sanctuary. The deul and the jagmohana (the porch) are exquisitely carved and for the first time in the history of temple architecture, musicians and dancers appear on the outer walls. What is unique here is that iron beams are used in the architecture.

Towards the west of brameswara temple Chamunda Shiva and other deities are depicted. Both the 'deul' (tower) and 'Jagmohana' (porch) of the Brahmeswara temple are in the fully developed mature Orissan style.

The Sculptural Art The Brahmeswara shows quite a bit of affinity with the much earlier 'Mukteswara temple', including the carved interior of the 'Jagmohana', and in the sculptural iconography such as the lion head motif, which appeared for the first time in the 'Mukteswara', and is here evident in profusion. There are quite a number of innovations, however, including the introduction of a great number of musicians and dancers, some holding lutes, on the exterior walls. For the first time the use of iron beams was done in the construction. The Exquisite Figurines The carvings over the doorframe contain beautiful flower designs as well as flying figures. Like the 'Rajarani', there are images of the eight directional Guardian Deities. There are also quite a number of tantric-related images, and even 'Chamunda' appears on the western facade, holding a trident and a human head, standing on a corpse. Shiva and other deities are also depicted in their horrific aspects. One of the lost inscriptions stated that a Queen 'Kolavati' presented 'many beautiful women' to the temple, and it has been suggested that this is an evidence of the 'Devadasi' tradition, which assumed such importance in later Orissan temple architecture and temple life.



More info on the city

Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa, is also popularly known as the "Temple City of India". Being the seat of Tribhubaneswar or 'Lord Lingaraj', Bhubaneswar is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre.Literally, the name means Abode of God or Master of the Universe. 

Hotels near Bhubaneswar

The Trident

Trident Hotel Located only 6 kilometres from the city centre and 15 minutes from the airport, The Trident Hotel, Bhubaneswar (Orissa, India) is set amidst 14 acres of landscaped gardens. The hotel's spacious lobby has a friendly ambience.

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The Crown Hotel

The Crown Hotel, Bhubaneshwar (Orissa, India) is located on the National Highway (N.H.5), opposite Kalinga Stadium, near the ISKON Temple.

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Mayfair Lagoon

Mayfair Lagoon is situated in Bhubaneshwar (Orissa - INDIA) and conveniently located at a distance of 9 kms from the airport.

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