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Ananta Basudeva Temple, Bhubaneswar

Ananta Vasudeva Temple, Bhubaneswar (ଅନନ୍ତ ବାସୁଦେବ ମନ୍ଦିର)

The Ananta Basudeva Temple (Odia: ଅନନ୍ତ ବାସୁଦେବ ମନ୍ଦିର) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna (an avatar of Lord Vishnu). This temple is located in Bhubaneswar, the state capital of Odisha.

Ananta Basudeba Temple of Bhubaneswar, Odisha

The Ananta Vasudeva Temple was constructed in the thirteenth century, and the complete idols of Lord Krushna, Balarama, and Devi Subhadra are worshipped there.

Ananta Basudeva Temple in Bhubaeswar

Mahabali Balarama stands under a seven hooded serpent. His sister Devi Subhadra holds Jewels pot and lotus in her two hands keeping her left foot over another jewel pot, while Lord Krishna holds a mace, chakra, lotus, and a conch.

Singhadwara of Antana Basudeva Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

The temple dates back to the period of Chandrika Devi, the daughter of 3rd Anangabhima Deva, during the reign of king Bhanudeva.

Annada Bazar of Ananta Basudev Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Legends:

It appears that the original image of Vishnu was worshipped on the spot where the great temple of Ananta Vasudeva was built in the 13th century A.D. Thus in the 13th century, Queen Chandrika of the Eastern Ganga dynasty was prompted to construct a new temple - the temple of Ananta Vasudev in this place.

Ananta Basudeba Temple, Bhubaneswar Odisha

There must have been an old temple where this Vishnu image was installed. The Marathas, who extended their empire up to river Mahanadi, were responsible for renovating the Vishnu temple at Bhubaneswar in the late 17th Century.

Ananta Basudev Temple images by Sangram Keshari Senapati

Architecture of Ananta Vasudeva Temple:

In form, the temple resembles the Lingaraj temple, but includes vaishnavite (Lord Vishnu related) sculptures. The temple has longitudinal bands of miniature shikharas (shrines), exactly like those in Lingaraj temple, with the minor difference that the number of the shikharas forming one longitudinal band in its case is only three.

Main Tmeple of Ananta Basudeva, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

The sculpture in the exterior walls varies in character in each temple in Bhubaneswar. Most of the female sculptures in the temple walls are overly ornamented and lack originality.

Prasad:

Prasad at Ananta Basudeva Temple is the most favorite Bhojan of Odias after Puri Jagannath Abadha.

Prasad Sevan at Ananta Basudeva Temple, Bhubaneswar

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