Architecture of Vishnu Temple
The 12th century observed the foundation of the Vishnu Temple on the on the right side of the Talabazar road. The temple, dominating the skyline of the town, confirms to the Rekha deula style of architecture, incorporating several unique features.
The temple faces the western direction and is enclosed by Bindusagara tank on the west side, located almost 8 metres across the road. Presently, the sanctum of the temple is used for storage purpose. This religious edifice with its distinctive building style has a sequence of khakhara mundi pilasters engraved on the talajangha. The bandhana however, devoid of any carvings, comprises of three mouldings. A chain of pidhamundi embellishes the upara jangha while five remarkable mouldings define the baranda. The Gandi within the temple has been kept modest excluding the udyota simha in the inner raha and dopichha simha above the kanika paga that exhibit a majestic grandeur.
A profusion of sculptural work can be noticed on the door jambs carved elegantly using three vertical bands of nara sakha, puspa sakha and lata sakha. Two pidha mundi dvarapala niches created at the base of these jambs are occupied with curious male and female figurines of doorkeepers. A divine image of Gajalaxmi is installed at the lalatabimba, depicted as sitting in lalitasana on a lotus pedestal. With her left hand she holds a lotus and her right hand is in varada mudra. Flanked by two full blown lotuses, the goddess blesses her devotees with wealth and prosperity. The eastern wall in the sanctum or garbhagriha that earlier enshrined its presiding deity, is well adorned with two outsized pidha mundi niches. The exterior walls with its distinctive sculptural work and the parsavadevatas in the raha niche certifies about the dedication of the temple to Lord Vishnu.
Devotees visiting the Vishnu Temple can also visit few other temple located in the vicinity. The Ananta Vasudeva Temple located in the northern direction is at a distance of almost 10 metres from the main temple while Ananta Vasudev Bhogamandapa on the eastern side is at a distance of 1 metre from here.
(Last Updated on : 01-02-2013)
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