Gangeswari Temple – An Unexplored Ancient Temple in Odisha , Gop ,Puri #Odisha , Travel Blog by Ashish Sarangi
GANGESHVARI TEMPLE ( Gangeswari Temple ), VILLAGE-BAYALISBATI, GOP, PURI, ODISHA, INDIA.
It was a perfect sunny day to start this much awaited long drive. I started at 6:30am from Uttara Square, Bhubaneswar (Odisha). From where I reached to Gop at 7:30am. I took my breakfast at local tiffin center and suddenly I get delighted by seeing this board of dept of culture.
How to Reach Gangeswari Temple , Gop , Puri ;-
Last year when I visited this place, board was not there and it took me near about two hrs to reach that place. Odisha state archeology was repairing and renovating this temple at that time and this time all repairing work was completed.
Gangeshvari temple, which was, a model temple for the Sun temple Konarka, situated in Bayalisbati, the temple of Goddess Gangeshvari, who was the Ishtadevi of kings of Ganga Vamsa, like, ChodGanga Dev, Narusingh Dev, etc. is a beautifully carved temple.
According to the legends, near about 1200 artisans stay at that place and they travel with big logs keeping stones on them in a nearby river, which was converted in a small pond in due course of time, and taken those to build a bigger temple.
The Engineers, Architects, Supervisors and a lot of workmen stayed, discussed, make rough and final drawings, make layouts and finalize the things for the Sun temple here.
Gangeshvari temple has a unique entrance gate. Although the images of all parshvadevtas/ parshvadevis are not there but a beautiful image of Goddess Varahi is still exist as a parshvadevi. Also, an image of Lord Indra on his Airavat elephant is there. Beautiful stone carvings are also there depicting stories and flowers beads. Images of Naga-purusha and Naga-kanya are also there.
The temple has a khakhra vimana and pidha jagamohana of Kalingan order. The exterior is decorated with Dikpalas, Dikpalikas, different form of Siva, Durga, Nayikas, gajas-nara vidala, Chaitya medallion, hunting scene, animals and social scene. Both vimana and jagamohana is pancharatha on plan and panchangabada in elevation. The temple has a Khakhara style vimana and pidha jagamohana of kalingan order. Although the date is not but on the basis of architectural features and sculptural embellishments the temple can be assigned to the Ganga period i.e. about the 13th century A.D. You can find lot of antiquities in this temple and we all odias must feel proud that we are still having a model temple for the Great Sun Temple at Konarka.