(Last Updated on : 04/06/2014)
Ajaikapada Bhairava Temple located in Jagatsinghpur district in the Indian state of Orissa
is dedicated to Ekapada Bhairava. It is one of the several forms of Lord Shiva
. The temple is located at a distance of almost 6 kms from Alanahat, Sathalapada in Jagatsinghpur. River Alaka, a tributary of Mahanadi River
flows by the temple.
Architecture of Ajaikapada Bhairava Temple
According to the Archaeological Survey of India
the temple dates back to the 10th century. It was built by the Somavamsi Keshari Kings. Due to natural calamities as well as invasion by the non Hindu rulers the temple was destroyed. Later in the 20th century the temple was rebuilt. Presently the temple is a small Pidha deula. Images of Bhairava
and a Shivalinga have been installed in the garbhagriha
of the temple. The image of Bhairava possesses one foot and four hands. The lower two hands are broken while with the upper two hands he holds some disc shaped objects. Ajaikapada Bhairava is said to be the ruling deity of the star Purva Bhadrapada
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