India | Orissa


The archeological site of Guamal lies in Bhadrak District. This place is famous for the Kumareshwar Mahadev Temple which stands close to the paddy field at the end of the village. This west facing temple has a Rekha Deula or curvilinear tower, and an open Mukhamandapa (porch hall in front). It rises to a height of 50 ft from the ground level. Many decorative fragments are preserved in the temple. Owing to the heavy plastering of the outer surface, many of its architectural designs cannot be seen. Among the remains, a Padukanala (a large sized bull) and a large piece of stone depicting a Gajasimha (an uncommon variety of lion with an extended turned-up snout) motif are worth mentioning. The inner and the outer walls of the Jagamohan (hall for the devotees to stand) preserve images of Lord Vamana, Varaha, Yama and a few other Brahminical divinities. The door-jambs of the sanctum are adorned with figures of Ganga and Yamuna on their respective mounts. This temple is under the purview of the Orissa State Archeology Department, Bhubaneswar. Bhadrak is well connected by rail and road transport. Bhadrak Railway Station is on the Kolkata-Chennai railway line.

Updated on 31st January, 2016
District: Bhadrak


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