Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Ekteswar Temple at Bankura - Some thoughts....
Ekteshwar enshrines a temple to Shiva, in the village of Ekteshwar near Bankura. Ekteshwar enshrines Shiva in the form of Ekapaadamurthy, with one foot and two hands. Legend has it that that there was a lot of rivalry between two local rulers Samantabhuma and Mallabhuma over the border between their kingdoms. It is said that Shiva appeared in the form of an image of Ekapadamurthy at a point between their kingdoms thereby resolving the border dispute. The temple seen today is a result of renovation and restoration over a period of time. The original laterite structure has brick and sandstone additions. In structure, it represents the architectural style of Orissa, bereft of a spire. In addition, there are a series of brick arches in front of the temple. The sanctum is reached after descending through a flight of steps. The temple looks like an abrupt upright structure, devoid of major sculptural work. Fairs in the month of Chaitra, as well as Mondays each week, see a large turnout of pilgrims.
Posted by Venkataramanan Ramasethu