Parasurameswara TempleApprox. Time: 1 hours
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The Parasurameswara temple, built in 650 AD, is one of the few oldest surviving temples in Bhubaneswar. The temple built in the Kalinga school of architecture, was dedicated to Lord Shiva, but there are images of Lord Vishnu, Yama, Surya and seven Mother goddesses. Lavishly decorated, it has exquisite friezes depicting animal life, human figures and floral motifs, coupled with impressive busts of Shiva. Just south of Parasurameswara temple is the Swaranajaleswara temple, built in similar fashion, only the motifs on the walls depict scenes from the Ramayana.

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