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Why is Odisha famous for temple architecture?

Why is Odisha famous for temple architecture?

From Jain rock-cut caves to Hindu temples to Buddhist stupas, Odisha contains some of the finest examples of ancient Indian architecture. The beehive-shaped tower (deul) and the porch in front (jagmohan) depict the development of Odisha’s temple architecture.

Who built the temple in Odisha?

King Narasimhadeva I
Believed to have been built in the 13th century CE the temple was built by the King Narasimhadeva I hailing from the Eastern Ganga dynasty between 1238-1250 CE. The temple was commissioned by the king while Samantaraya Mahapatra was the one in charge of its construction. ‘Konark’ means the sun and the four corners.

Who is the founder of Sun Temple in Orissa?

Narasimhadeva I
Konark Sun Temple

Konark Sun Temples
Creator Narasimhadeva I
Completed c. 1250
Site area 10.62 ha (26.2 acres)

What is the brief history of Odisha?

The early history of Odisha can be traced back to the mentions found in ancient texts like the Mahabharata, Maha Govinda Sutta and some Puranas. The region was also known to other kingdoms in region of East Indies due to maritime trade relations. The year 1568 CE is considered a pivotal point in the region’s history.

What is the history of temples in Odisha?

The history of temple building in Odisha is said to have begun with Laxamanesvara,Bharatesvara and Satrughnesvara group of temples at Bhubaneswar in 6th century A.D. and culminated with the Sun temple of Konarka in 13th century AD.

What was the history of the state of Orissa?

Orissa’s history dates back to the days of the Mahabharata. It was under the rule of the Nanda Kings in the pre Christian era and then under the Mauryanrule. Rock edicts ofEmperor Ashokaare found in the State. The impact of the invasion of the Guptasis seen in the early temples of Bhubaneswar.

Which is the best description of an Orissan temple?

An Orissan temple (deul) usually consists of a sanctum, one or several front porches (jagamohana) usually with pyramidal roofs, a dancing hall (nata mandir) and a hall of offerings (bhog mandir).

Why is Mukteshvara Temple known as Gem of Odisha?

This architecture is one of the basic reasons why Mukteshvara Temple is also known as the “Gem of Odisha architecture” or “Kalinga Architecture” . The temple faces west and is constructed in a lower basement amidst a group of temples.