Bhringesvara Siva Temple
The Bhringesvara Siva temple is situated on the foothills of Dhauli and the left bank of the river Daya, in the southeastern outskirts of Bhubaneswar in the village Khatuapada. The temple is facing towards west and the presiding deity is a circular yoni pitha with a hole at the centre. The temple is made of light grey sand stone. The temple is renovated one from bottom to the top by employing the earlier materials. This temple is now under the protection of Orissa State Archaeology.
i) Cultural significance: Various rituals and festivals are observed like; Sivaratri, Kartika-purnima, Raja Sankranti, Jalasaya ceremony.
ii) Social significance: Thread ceremony, mundana, marriage ceremony are performed.
iii) Associational significance: Village public meetings are held in the premises.
Surrounding: The temple is surrounded by the hillock of Dhauli on its eastern side. A road leading to the village on its western side in its front, and the extension of Dhauli hill on both the southern and northern sides.
Orientation: The temple is facing towards west.
Architectural features (Plan & Elevation): architectural features (Plan & Elevation): The temple stands on a high platform measuring 26.50 m in length, 22.10 m in width and 2 m in height. On plan, the temple hasa square vimana and a frontal porch measuring 08.35 m in length (vimana measures 7.10 m and frontal porch is 1.25 m). The vimana has a square sanctum measuring 2 m2 inside the cella. The vimana is pancharatha as distinguished by a central raha and a pair of anuratha pagas and kanika paga on either side of the raha. On elevation, the vimana is of rekha order that measures 11.14 m in height. The bada of the temple measuring 4.14 m has five mouldings without any sculptural embellishment. The pabhaga measures 1.08 m, tala jangha - 0.95 m, bandhana - 0.31 m, upara jangha - 0.90 m, and baranda - 0.95 m. The pabhaga has four base mouldings of khura, kumbha, pata and basanta. The gandi measuring 4.50 m is devoid of any decoration except the Udyota simha in the raha pagas on three sides and gajakranta in the western wall. The mastaka bears beki, amlaka, khapuri, kalasa, ayudha measuring 2.50 m. in height.
Temple remains open from 6am to 9pm. In this temple major rituals of Lord Shiva are performed. Mahashiva Ratri is celebrated at a grand scale in this temple. Kartika-purnima, Raja Sankranti, and Jalasaya ceremony are also celebrated on a grand scale. Thread ceremony, mundana, marriage ceremony are performed. Village public meetings are also held in the premises.
How to Reach:
By Road: The temple of Bhringesvara Shiva Temple is situated at Bhubaneswar in Orissa state of India. Bhubaneshwar is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular buses.
By Rail: It is well connected through nearest Bhubaneshwar railway station to major cities railway stations like Delhi, Agra, Mumbai, Chennai, Ajmer, Pali, Jaipur, Ahmedabad.
By Air: The nearest Airport is Bhubaneswar Airport which is well connected with regular domestic flights to Delhi, Mumbai.