Parashurameswar Temple is one of the oldest temples in the temple town of Bhubaneswar, Orissa. Constructed in 650 AD, this small yet splendidly decorated temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and ranks among the most popular attractions in the city. Following the architectural styles of Oriyan temples, it looks stunning for the use of floral designs, animal sculptures and amorous couples on its walls.
What’s more, the outer walis of the Parashurameswar Temple are festooned with striking carvings of many Hindu gods, including Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesh, Goddess Parvati and Lord Muruga. A visit to the temple gives you a chance to gaze at many charming carvings showcasing puranic stories and tales in a simple yet elegant manner. More so, 1000 Lings are placed in the temple which gives it a unique identity.
The Parashurameswar Temple is built in the Nagara style and consists of all the major ingredients of the pre-10th century Orissan-style temples. The temple has the sanctum and the curvilinear spire over its roof that soars to some 41 ft in height. Where earlier temples only had the vimana, it also has an additional structure, known as jagamohana, which gives it a unique identity among the group of temples in the city.