Gangeswari Temple – Home to the Architect and Builders of Konark ?
Gangeswari Temple is located in the tiny village of Bayalish Bati, close to Gop in the Puri district of Odisha. The site is approximately 60 km from Bhubaneswar and 35 km from Puri, and is unquestionably a worthwhile visit if you happen to be heading to Konark from Bhubaneswar.
The temple was built around the 13th century A.D, the presiding deity being the family deity of the rulers at that time, the Goddess Gangeswari. It is a wonderful example of Kalingan architecture, and some effort has been made by the ASI in recent years to renovate the temple and strive to hold back the ravages of time.
Although the temple foundation is of laterite stone, the temple itself is constructed of sandstone. The weathering and erosion from the last 800 years has certainly taken it’s toll. Despite this there are still fine sculptures to admire here, especially in the more protected areas of the temple, and it doesn’t take much for your imagination to put in place the level of detail and complexity that once existed on the exterior of this temple.