(Last Updated on : 07/10/2015)
The Anantasaayi Vishnu temple, a Vaishnavite pilgrimage centre, is situated in Sambalpur in the Indian state
. The temple is well known and visited by thousands of pilgrims magnificent black chlorite idol of the sleeping Vishnu installed in the garbhagriha
Architecture of Anantasaayi Vishnu Temple
The early sixteenth century stood as the witness to the construction of Anantasaayi Vishnu Temple, a religious edifice reminiscent of the exuberance and proficiency of the ancient period artisans. The temple, confirming to the Rekha deula order, was built by the Chauhan king, Balaram Dev. Images of Lord Ganesha
, Garuda and incarnations of Narayana are exhibited within the temple complex. As per a local belief, the image of Narayana was brought by the queen in dowry that was later installed by the king in the temple. Several forms of colourful festivals celebrated in honour of Lord Vishnu
are organised by the temple authorities with special consideration given to Ananta Chaturdashi that falls during Bhadrapada.
Anantasaayi Vishnu Temple is well connected by different modes of transport. Tourists visiting the temple can avail the buses plying from different cities. The nearest railway station is located at Sambalpur in Kamali Bazar near Bada Bazar at a distance of two kilometres from the temple.
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