Every time I visit Bhubaneshwari temple, I remember this phrase “Ato rokto keno!!” which means “why so much blood!!” A little girl from the drama “Visarjan” written by Rabindranath Tagore asks king Govinda Manikya. The little girl made the king realise the dead animals cannot do any good for the living. The drama centres around a ban imposed by King Govinda Manikya on the ritual sacrifice and slaughter at the altar of the goddess Bhubaneshwari, which creates a conflict between the king and the high priest.
Immortalised by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore in his novel ‘Rajarshi’ and drama ‘Bisharjan’, the Bhubaneshwari Temple is estimated to be constructed around 1660. It is situated beside the river Gomati and is located very close to the old royal palace which lies in ruins today. The adjacent parks and watchtower have elevated the beauty of the area.
Perched upon a 3 feet high porch the main temple resembles the char-chalk style architecture of Bengal. The core chamber is attached with vestibules, both the shrine and vestibules have a curve roof and surmounted by resembling stupa. The core chamber of the finial is adorned with floral design. The tapering buttresses are attached to the corners of the temple. (Building structure information: Courtesy of Archaeological department)