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Brahmeswara

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Bhubaneswar is well connected by air, rail and road to the rest of India. The modern Biju Patnaik airport is being extended to receive wide bodied aircraft, and one may well see international charters landing here soon.

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Bhubaneswar Tourist Office

Tel:  (674) 2432177

Both the deul (tower) and jagmohana (porch) of the Brahmeswara temple (c. 1050) are in the fully developed mature Odishan style. This temple can be dated with fair accuracy by the use of inscriptions that were originally on the temple. They are now unfortunately lost, but records of them preserve the information.

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, and the use (for the first time) of iron beams in the construction.

The carvings over the door frame 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 (last glimpsed in the Vaital Deul inner sanctum) 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 Odishan temple architecture and temple life.

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Dept. of Tourism, Paryatan Bhawan, Museum Campus, Luise Road, Bhubaneswar -
751 014
Tel.No - (0674) 2432177
email: oritour@gmail.in

Call Us : 1800 208 1414 (Toll free)