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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Temple city, Bhubaneswar ,Odisha - DAY-2

Visit : Oct 2013
Stay : The Presidency, Bhubaneswar

 In the Morning we visited near by ISCON temple and spent some time doing meditation . 
ISCON temple Bhubaneswar
ISCON temple Bhubaneswar
After checking out the hotel we continued our second day journey of bhubaneswar. 
Our first destination was ekamra haat by mistake. I wanted to go Ekamra Kanan to see beautiful garden but my driver dropped us at ekamra haat. It is a small garden with many souvenir shops and restaurant. We had coffee and left the place quickly.
Ekamra haat Bhubaneswar
Ekamra haat Bhubaneswar
Ekamra haat Bhubaneswar
Ekamra haat Bhubaneswar
I heard a lot about tribal museum of odisha and asked by driver to take there. Unfortunately it was closed on 2nd october due to official holiday. I cursed my driver , he only convince us yesterday that all the museum would be open tomorrow
tribal museum Bhubaneswar

Tribal museum Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar is city of temple and still having 500 ancient temple. We  thought of exploring few more temples before heading to Puri.
First temple we stopped was Kusakeswara temple, it is one of the few temple with garden.Temple exterior is having beautiful erotic sculptures. 
Kusakeswara temple Bhubaneswar
Kusakeswara temple Bhubaneswar
There are 3 temples  Laxmaneswara ,bharateswara and saatrughneswara just opposite side of Kusakeswara temple . All temples are inside single compound . Archaeological survey of india is doing maintenance of these temples. Two of these temples are in good condition and have unique stone carvings with minute details.
Laxmaneswara ,bharateswara and saatrughneswara Temple, Bhubaneswar
Laxmaneswara ,bharateswara and saatrughneswara Temple, Bhubaneswar
Restoration of temple by ASI

Vaital temple or Baitaḷa Deuḷa is 9th century  temple dedicated to goddess chamunda. the temple base is below ground level. The outer walls are full of sculpture and carvings  of Hindu deities, mostly Shiva, Parvati in her Shakti. There is many sculpture  of erotic couples. 
Vaital temple or Baitaḷa Deuḷa, Bhubaneswar
Vaital temple or Baitaḷa Deuḷa, Bhubaneswar 
 Next we stopped at bindu sagar lake. It is lake in the middle of city and there are many temples surrounding the lake. We could see the lingraja temple in the background. Dredging of the lake was going on at time we arrive . There is also a medicine plant nursery near the lake.
bindu sagar lake, Bhubaneswar
Bindu sagar lake
There was a strange tree near the lake with flower hanging from the branch.
Strange tree near bindu sagar lake, Bhubaneswar
 Last temple we visited was 8th century Parsurameswar Temple. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and is one of the oldest temples in Orissa.

Parsurameswar Temple, Bhubaneswar
Parsurameswar Temple, Bhubaneswar 

 
There is also a very old small Daitesvara temple near Parasuramesvara Temple.
Daitesvara temple, Bhubaneswar
Daitesvara temple, Bhubaneswar 
Our trip ended at evening and we headed towards bhubaneswar railway station for puri.


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