Saturday, December 1, 2018

'Rameswara (Mausi Ma) Temple, Bhubaneswar' - by KJS Chatrath


 

In February 2017, I had the privilege of visiting Bhubaneswar again after a few years. I was able to spend some time visiting some of the may temples of Odisha, some of which I had visited for the first time in 1968. One such temple that I visted was Rameswara temple. I was straight away impressed by two things- a nice signboard in Odiya and English and secondly that  the environs were maintained neat and clean.

 
Now about the background of this temple. Legend goes that when Lord Rama was returning from Lanka after victory over Ravana, Goddess Sita wanted to worship Lord Shiva here. So Rama built a Linga for that purpose.



Traditionally during Ashokashtami, which falls one day before the Rama Naumi in the month of Chaitra,  Lord Lingaraja comes to this temple  in a colourful procession on a large chariot called Rukuna Rath and stays here for four days before returning in the chariot to Lingaraj Temple. In this procession, bronze images of three deities―Chandrasekhar (the representative of Lord Lingaraj), Rukmini and Basudeva are taken to Rameshwar Temple  






This temple is also known as Mausi Maa temple.  Rameswara Temple is just two kms away from Lingaraj temple. The temple houses a Shiva Linga within a circular yonipitha made of chlorite. There is also an image of Goddess Durga that is worshipped within the sanctum. The Jagamohan (assembly hall) of the temple was built much later. While some historians say that the temple was built during the late Soma Vansh period that can be traced to the early part of the 12th century AD, others date it back to the 9th century AD.









(Text with inputs from the internet)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

'Parsurameswara Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, Part- III' - by KJS Chatrath



Lord Ganesha is surely one of the most loved Gods in the Hindu pantheon. 








 Paste of ghee and flowers indicates that the temple is still in use. 



You are invited to see the two earlier posts put up by me on this temple:

(i) 'Parsurameswara Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, Part-I' ..by KJS Chatrath ; http://indianheritagephotos.blogspot.com/2018/09/parsurameswara-temple-bhubaneswar.html

(ii) 'Parsurameswara Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, Part-II' ..by KJS Chatrath ; http://indianheritagephotos.blogspot.com/2018/09/parsurameswara-temple-bhubaneswar_26.html



'Parsurameswara Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, Part-II' ..by KJS Chatrath










 


Lord Shiva in urdhvalinga (erect phallus) mudra



 




 Snake or giant lizard?

Monkey

Saturday, September 15, 2018

'Parsurameswara Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, Part-I' ..by KJS Chatrath




Parashurameswar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is believed  to be one of the oldest temples in Bhubaneswar and its  date of construction is estimated  to be around  650 A. D. The temple is a specimen of the architectural styles of Odia temples. The temple has sculptures of animals, amorous couples and floral designs. The outer walls have carvings of Lord Ganesh, Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati and other Hindu Gods.The special attraction of this temple are the ‘One Thousand Lingas’ placed in the North West corner of the temple.

This temple is next to the famous Mukteshwara temple. The Saptamatrika frieze at the back showing seven mother goddesses is done in amazing detail considering that the temple dates back to the mid 7th century.

Mother Goddess Chamunda












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'Rameswara (Mausi Ma) Temple, Bhubaneswar' - by KJS Chatrath

  In February 2017, I had the privilege of visiting Bhubaneswar again after a few years. I was able to spend some time visiting some of ...