Video - In and Around Brahmeswara Temple
The Brahmeswara Temple is an 11th century shrine which is situated about a kilometer east of the main road, in Bhubaneswar. The temple stands in a courtyard flanked by four smaller temples.
The exterior walls of the temple are adorned with the figures of several gods and goddesses, carvings of swans and deer and religious scenes. Exquisite of the carvings is Lord Shiva in the form of Nataraja, playing a veena above a bull and voluptuous female figures elaborately bedecked with ornaments.
Both the 'deul' and 'Jagmohana' of the Brahmeswara temple are in the fully developed mature Orissan style. This temple can be dated with fair accuracy by the use of inscriptions that were originally on the temple. Today they are unfortunately lost, but the records of them preserve the information.
The Brahmeswara temple 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 flutes, on the exterior walls.
One of the lost inscriptions which 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.
Dhauli Giri is the place which is 8 km away from Bhubaneswar looking down on the plains that are witness to the gruesome war waged on Kalinga by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka and where stand the rock edicts of Dhauli.
It was here that King Ashoka, full of remorse after the Kalinga War in 261 BC, renounced his blood-thirsty campaign and turned to Buddhism.
Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves
Mukteshwara Temple which dates back to 10th century is an important transition point between the early and the later phases of the Kalinga architecture. The highlight of the temple is the magnificent torana - the decorative gateway, an arched masterpiece, reminiscent of Buddhist influence in Orissa.
|Vaital Deul Temple
Vaital Deul Temple, situated near Bindu Sarovar, is a Tantric temple constructed during the eight century. The temple belongs to an offshoot of Kalinga School, the Khakhara order.
|Near by tourist places to Brahmeswara Temple
By Air- The city of Bhubaneswar through Airways is connected to the cities of Calcutta, Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Vishakhapatnam, Hyderabad, and Raipur through regular flights. Biju Patnaik Airport in Bhubaneswar is the only major airport in the state.Through Railways -the city of Bhubaneswar is directly connected by rail with the important cities like Kolkata, Puri, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Tirupati and Trivandrum.
Through Roadways -Bhubaneshwar city is linked with Berhampur, Chilka, Cuttack, Konark, Paradip, Puri, Rourkela, Sambalpur and other places. Inter-state bus services operate daily between Kolkata and Puri via Bhubaneswar and Tatanagar (Jamshedpur).