the vast campus of the Lingaraj temple, occupying a high plate in the trilogy of Orissa temples, there are many mini-shrines adorned with several most
worshipful deities. Among them, Mother Parvathi's temple beckons ardent
attention and soulful veneration. This is the priceless contribution of Yayati
Kesari built in the 9th century. Refined royal patronage and superb artistry of
kalinga sculptors arrest the attention and raises hands in devotion. Despite
centuries rolled by, the excellent craftsmanship of
the sculptors withstanding the ravanges of
weather hypnotises the beholders.
The Mother's icon is chiselled to perfection with crown on head modeled on the
Dravidian style. It is adorned with elaborate motifs exhibiting supreme skill of artists. She
in her left hand a receptacle filled with ambrosia symbolising her desire to
fulfil the desires of her ardent bhaktas, when prayed with genuine faith. The
right hand is adorned with a fully blown lotus
flower indicating thereby that her votaries bloom and lead a blissful, life if
righteousness characterises their thoughts and actions. The Mother's visage is
beautified with sandal paste chandanaalankar in the mornings which sight
transports the viewers to ethereal world Daily worship is carried on with agamic
rituals. And periodical festivals are celebrated with pomp and splendour
befitting the taste and status of the royal patron.
lies in the vast campus of Lingaraj temple, accessible by four wheelers from any
part of the city.