Ananta Vasudeva Temple:
Ananta Vasudeva Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna.
The temple was constructed in the thirteenth century, and houses the idols of Lord Krishna, Lord Balarama and Goddess Subhadra that are regularly worshipped.
The idols here are made of granite unlike in Puri, where three deities are carved out of wood. While the idol of Lord Balaram stands under a seven hooded serpent, of which Lord Krishna holds a mace and a conch.
Another similarity between the Jagannath shrine and Ananta-Basudev Temple is its ‘bhoga’ (prasad), which is sold and served at the Ananda Bazaar, located within the temple premises. The prasad at this temple is the most sought-after holy meal in Odisha after Lord Jagannath’s ‘abhada bhoga’.
In form, the temple resembles the famed Lingaraj temple, but includes Vaishnavite (Lord Vishnu related) sculptures. Descriptively the temple has longitudinal bands of miniature shikaras (shrines), exactly like the ones that are found in the Lingaraj temple. The onlyu minor difference being that the number of the shikaras ( forming one longitudinal band in this temple is only three. The unique feature of Bhubaneshwar temples is that the sculptures on the exterior walls vary in character in every temple. The female sculptures on the exterior walls of this temple are grossly ornamented that lacks originality.
Located close to the Bindusagar Lake, the temple is visited by thousands of devotees during Janmastami. On the walls of the temple, there is a sculpture of Varaha (boar) incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Apparently, the design of Ananta-Basudev is completely different from other temples in old Bhubaneswar. What makes it different from the rest is that the temple, comprising Jagamohana, Bhoga Mandap and Nata Mandira, stands on a uniform platform.
The difference between the Jagannath Temple of Puri and the Ananta Vasudeva temple of Bhubaneshwar are given below:
- The idols found in the garbhagruha (sanctum sanctorum) of the temple have a complete structure unlike the images of the Jagannath Temple, Puri, that seem to have an unfinished look.
- The idols or shrimurties in the Ananta Vasudeva temple are made of black granite stone, and not wood as seen in the Puri temple.
- Since Ananta Vasudeva Temple was built in Bhubaneshwar, the city gained the name as Chakra Kshetra or the circular place, while Puri has been named as Shankha Kshetra or the curved place.