Chakreshvari Siva Temple Hatiasuni lane
About Chakreshvari Siva Temple
The Chakreshvari Shiva Temple, Bhubaneswar is a living temple of the Hindus. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located in Orissa. The temple can be categorized under Rekha Deula Pidha. This is mainly because of the typical architecture of the temple where a type of flat column rises from the base of the plinth. There is a tank on the western side of the shrine in the temple. The platform on which the temple is built is low lying. There are several divisions within the temple that comprises of different shrines.
The temple is said to have been built in 10-11 AD. This temple comprises of exceptional feature among all the different temples of Bhubaneswar. There is an idol of four armed Ganesha seated on a mount, while there are images of Parvati and Kartikeya installed in front of the temple. There is also an amlaka stone in the southern part of the temple.
By Road: Chakreshvari Shiva, Bhubaneswar is well connected to all parts of the state and nearby states by road network. It is situated on the National Highway. Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) is frequently available to reach Brahmeswara Temple, Bhubaneswar from anywhere in Orissa.
By Rail: It is well connected through nearest Bhubaneshwar railway station
to major cities railway stations like Delhi, Agra, Mumbai, Chennai, Ajmer, Pali, Jaipur, Ahmedabad.
By Air: The nearest Airport is Bhubaneswar Airport which is well connected with regular domestic flights to Delhi, Mumbai.
The temple stands on a low platform. On plan, the temple has a vimana and a renovated frontal porch. The vimana(shrine) ispancharatha and the frontal porch. On elevation, the vimana is of rekha order extends from pabhaga to kalasa. From bottom to the top, the temple has a bada, gandi and mastaka. With three-fold divisions of the bad the temple has a trianga bada. At the bottom, the pabhaga has four base mouldings of khura, kumbha, pata and basanta.
In the lalatabimba, four-armed Lord Ganesha which is found in place of the usual Gaja-laxmi. It is an exception of the temples ofBhubaneswar. Another departure is noticed at Kalarahanga where the lalatabimba is occupied by images of both Ganesha andSaraswati. In front of the temple, there are images of Parvati and Kartikeya and an amlaka stone in the southern side of the temple.
The doorjambs are decorated with three vertical bands of scroll works like puspa sakha, nara, sakha and patra sakha from exterior to interior. At the lalatabimba there is a four armed Ganesha within a niche seated over his mount mouse. At the base of the doorjamb, there are dvarapala niches on either side.
The niches enshrine two armed Saivitedwrapala holding trident in their right hands and varada in left hands. The architrave above the doorjamb is beautifully carved with Navagrahas within the niches. Surya holds lotus in his hands, Rahu holds half-moon and Ketu with a serpent tail.
Temple remains open from 6am to 8pm. During this period major rituals of Lord Shiva are performed. Mahashiva Ratri is celebrated at a grand scale in this temple. There are several other events and festivals that are organized in this temple with great splendor. Some of the common events celebrated include Diwali and Makar Sankranti. In addition to that, some of the other rituals are thread ceremony, Chandrabhiseka and Rudraviseka.