Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, India
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Purvesvara Siva Temple is located in Kancha Sahi, in Old Town of Bhubaneswar. It is 300 metres east of Lingaraja Temple on the left side of the road leading to Garej chowk. The temple is facing towards west. The enshrining deity is a broken Lingam within a circular Yonipitha at the centre of the sanctum, which is 1.07 metres below the present ground level.
It is a living temple and now under the care and maintenance of Purvesvara Temple Development Association of that locality. The caretaker of the temple is Dipu Panigrahi. According to local tradition, the presiding deity is known as Purvesvara as it is situated towards the east of Lingaraj. The other temples in the three directions are Uttartesvara in north, Barunesvara in south, and Paschimesvara in west. It is maintained by the Purvesvara Temple Development Association.
It was built in 13th century AD.Vimana is not ascertained due to the absence of superstructure; jagamohana is in pidha order. Built in the matured phase of temple building tradition of Orissa. Various rituals are observed here such as Sivaratri, Sankranti, and Rudraviseka etc.
The temple is surrounded by a compound wall and a modern kitchen is there in the south-eastern corner. The temple is facing towards west. The superstructure of the vimana has collapsed since long. What exists at present is the pabhaga portion and the renovated jagamohana. A G.I. sheet roof has been erected over the sanctum.
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