Architecture of Annakoteshwara Temple
Annakoteshwara Temple, an ancient Hindu temple echoing the fascinating legends of Lord Shiva, stands as an exquisite example of the artistic skills of the craftsmen. Pancharatha in plan, the temple is of the Rekha deula (Vimana) and a Pidha deula order. The religious centre is adorned with Khakharamundi and Pidhamundis by the side of the main Vimana. Magnificent sculptural work has been carved on the walls of the temple that augment its beauty. Based on the architectural work, the construction and the stylistic development of the temple, it can be stated that the temple had been constructed in the 16th century during Suryavamsi Gajapati rule.
The Shivalingam enshrined in the garbhagriha of the temple was said to have been displaced during the invasions of Kalapahad, a Muslim invader hailng from the nawabs of Bengal near to Murshidabad.
Annakoteshwara Temple visited by thousands of pilgrims from different destinations can be easily approached from 22 kms north of Dhenkanal Township via Joranda Gadhi.
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