Architecture of Sun Temple at Konark

The Sun temple at Konarka, popularly known as ‘Black Pagoda’ was the fullest manifestation of the Kalinga style of architecture. Architecturally, it was 148pecimen in stone. This monumental temple was constructed by Narasimhadeva I or Langula Narasimhadeva in the 13th century A.D. The legend goes on that 1200 Odishan artists took 12 years for the …

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Architecture of Lingaraj Temple

Among all the temples of Odisha, the Lingaraja temple at Bhubaneswar deserves special mention. It bears architectural splendour and is regarded as one of the best archaeological monument of the east reflecting Kalinga type of architect; with all its perfection. It was constructed between 1025 and 1065 A.D. A gigantic structure of about 180 feet …

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Architecture of Rajarani Temple

The Rajarani temple (A.D. 1000-1022) in Bhubaneswar is a splendur in Odish-an architecture. Some historians think that its name was Indresvara or Indralingesvara as per the name its builder lndraratha, an illustrious somavamsi ruler. This temple has no presiding deity at present and it is famous as a temple having no deity. The Rajarani temple stands …

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Architecture of Vaitala Temple

The Vaitala temple (c. A.D. 775) of Bhubaneswar in a typical temple architecture. It represents the perfact presentation of the Khakhara type of architecture. Although, it represents a ratha type but the finials consists of Amalaka and Ayudha. The plan of the temple is different. It stands on a lower platform. Scroll mouldings are found …

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Architecture of Mukteswar Temple

The Muktesvara temple is a unique one in the field of Odishan temple architechure. It was so elegantly disigned that it became one of the most beautiful temples of India. The gate of the temple was well designed and its balance and design give it a grandoise look. The Vimana stands on a raised platform. …

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Architecture of Parsurameswara Temple

The Parsuramesvara temple of Bhubaneswar belongs to the 7th century A.D. Although it is tri-ratha in plan, but the Gandi projects the Pancharatha style The pagas (pilasters) which constitute the special feature of the Odishan temple architecture were not fully developed in this temple. Each of the three pilasters contains a niche. The central pilaster …

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Types and Components of Temples of Odisha

Style of Temples in Odisha Bhuvana Pradipa mentions about three kinds of temples on the basis of their architectural features. These are: Rekha (curvilinear superstructure), Bhadra or Pidha (monument with a pyramidal roof) and Khakhara (oblong building with wagon-vault roof). The text mentions about 36 varieties of Rekha, 5 varieties of Bhadra and 3 varieties …

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History of Evolution of Temple Architecture in Odiaha

The art and architecture of a nation is considered as her property. The history of Odishan art and architecture starts with her dated history i.e. from 261 B.C., when Asoka conquered this land, then known as Kalinga. The art and architecture of Odisha, in its formative phase took a new turn. The style was so elegant, balanced and …

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