It was the last day of my stay in Bhubaneswar. The city had given me so much warmth that I was already feeling nostalgic. It is one of the finest places of the country which is not given much priority. The Odisha tourism department has vouched for the development and maintenance of its rich heritage and it has succeeded to a large extent. I was truly delighted as I was getting a lot of time to visit several places of Bhubaneswar as well shopping in the malls and local shops. The delicious gupchup, dahi bara and papdi chaat were indeed adding to the charm of my evenings.
It was the seventh and last day of my stay in Bhubaneswar. I decided to visit the Parsurameswar Temple here which is one of the best preserved specimens of the history of Odisha. The temple was built in somewhere around 650 AD in the Kalinga style of architecture. Such unique form of art is not seen in abundance nowadays. It was certainly the mastery of the artists of those periods who were able to create these masterpieces by virtue of their skill.
The Parsurameswar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The deity is placed in a pyramidal hall where there are places for the people to sit and pray. The dome of the temple which is known as deul in Odia is a small structure that rises to a height of 12.8 meters from the base. One of the most beautifully adorned temples of the past, this is a place which attracts large tourist crowd during peak seasons such as winter.
Exotic carvings of Lord Ganesha can be seen on the walls of the temple. There are more than 1000 lingams present in the shrine which are worshipped. There are figures of nagas and nagins in dancing form. Lord Shiva is fond of naga and therefore they are also worshipped along with the Almighty. The early Jagamohana can only be seen at this temple. I even met with few people in the temple who were making researches over the Jagamohana.
I was truly delighted with the visit to the Parsurameswar Temple. With a cheerful mind I came to the hotel and packed my bags for the trip back to Bangalore.