The Bhuvaneshwari Temple (Bhubaneshwari Temple) situated near the Gomati River in Udaipur, the ancient capital of Tripura is a fine example of the hugely popular 17th century Bengali style of architecture. The temple is located close to the old royal palace that has fallen into disrepair.
This temple was built by Maharaja Govinda Manikya after his ascendancy to the throne the second time. The temple is designed as a char chala (four roofs) and sits majestically on a raised platform.
The shrine and the vestibule have visually pleasing curved roofs with a stupa like design on the top. There are small but intricately carved floral motifs seen on the shrine and the vestibule. The temple is fairly plain in terms of decoration with tapering buttresses joined to the corners with simple linear patterns.
This temple has been immortalised by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore in his works Rajarshi and Bisharjan.
Written by Lakshmi Subramanian
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