Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Koncheswar Temple

Koncheswar Temple 

The temple is a square building, the dimension of which on the outside is 27 ft 6 inches square with a chamber inside 11 feet square. The entrance is to the East. The height is nearly 70 ft. It has two storeys. The lower storey is vaulter in the Hindu fashion, that is it has two arched roofs meeting in a ridge. The upper storey is formed by bricks overlapping on all the four sides till they meet at a point. The doorway is almost as high as the room inside. Konch served as the model for the Mahabodhi Temple. There is a Linga of Koncheswar Mahadeva inside the temple.
In Hiuen Tsang's description, this temple is stated to have been built by a Brahman. The might have constructed during 1st and 6th Century AD. To the east of the temple, there is a large sheet of water with brick-covered compounds on all sides. In the west, there is a ruined temple, 12 feet 3 inches square inside, and at the north-western corner, there is second ruined temple only 7 ft 8 inches square inside, with walls 2 ft 9.5 inches thick. The temple is daily visited by a large number of local devotees. Special Poojas will be performed on a Shivaratri day and other auspicious days to propitiate Lord Siva when large crowds visit the temple.

Koncheswar Temple