Odisha Style, Bhubaneswar: Ananta Vasudeva Temple

The late-13th c Ananta Vasudeva Temple is a smaller version of Lingaraja, and is the only Vaishnavite temple among the historic Bhubaneswar temples. Situated on the east bank of Bindu Sagar tank, this temple complex has the complete retinue of Odia temple structures in a line: the sanctum, Jagamohan, Natmandir and Bhogmandir (i.e. the sanctum tower/Rekha Deul with three mandaps/Pidha Deuls in front of it). It even has a small Pidha Deul shrine behind the sanctum.

The biggest mandap, the jagamohan, is profusely decorated with sculpture, though most are now damaged, and the mandap itself rests on metal supports. Ancillary rooms around the main temple are used as a large kitchen to cook copious amounts of meals as prasad.


Ananta Vasudev temple and Bindu Sagar tank (with another temple tower to the right)

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Street scene in front of the temple. The smoke in the photo below is coming from the kitchens

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Ananta Vasudev temple

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The Jagamohan covered in sculpture work

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Kitchen scenes

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A crumbling side shrine within the complex

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An adjacent temple

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More scenes from the street in front of the temple, with many small shrine structures

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