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Parsurameswar Temple Bhubaneswar

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Parsurameswar temple is one of the ancient Hindu temples of Bhubaneswar city in Orissa. It is believed that the temple was constructed in around 650 AD, in Nagara style. Tourists from all parts of the globe come to unravel the mystery behind the temple. To get more familiar with the traditions of temple, come and take part in Parasuramashtami (main festival of the temple celebrated with great enthusiasm).

Architecture

The temple reveals the architectural work of Vishwakarma Moharana Sculptors and is the only temple with an existing Jagmohan (assembly hall for Hindu devotees). Moreover, Parsurameswar has a Vimana, the Sanctum and a Bada (tower). You can see how the intricate designs of fruits, flowers, birds and animals are engraved on the walls of the temple. Also, admire the figures of nags, naagins and vetalas on the walls of Jagmohan and Vimana.

History

Listed among one of the Parsurameswar group of temples, the temple constitutes all the important features of pre-10th century Orissa temples. It is the oldest temple in Bhubaneswar city. Historians claim that the temple was constructed in early 8th century AD. Further, the history narrates that the temple was put up by Sailobhavas.  Sailobhavas family worshipped Shiva and Sakta (Shakti or Devi) deities. You can see some images of Sakta on the walls of temple.

The temple got renovated in 1903 and is under the control of Archeological Survey of India (ASI).

Religious Significance

According to Hindu Mythology, the name of the temple is derived from ancient story of Parasuram; one of the avatars of Lord Vishnu. Parasuram punished self and got released with the grace of Lord Shiva.

Parsurameswar temple, Rajarani Temple and Vaital Deula, all three signify the existence of Devadasi traditions (Devadasi were the girls devoted to the service of deities).