Ananta Vasudeva Temple
Ananta Vasudeva Temple is a revered shrine of Hindus. It finds its residence in Bhubaneshwar which lies in the state of Orissa. It is worshipped and visited in the honour of Lord Krishna. The temple has gained is solid structure in thirteenth century. It lies among the category of Vaishnav Temple. It entails three deities Lord Krishna, Subhadra and Balarama. The bank of Bindu Sarovar Lake lies on the east of the temple due to which a magnificent view can be seen. The glory of this temple is at par which is due to its extraordinary and exotic carving and architecture. The sculptures are engraved in this temple in a beautiful manner. It is a matter of disappointment that the carvings of the temple are faded because of stones’ softness.
One can reach Bhubaneswar by mean of three modes: road, rail and air. There is a good bus network to Bhubaneswar to many other cities. There is also a good rail network to connect Bhubaneswar to many other cities. The Biju Patnaik Airport at Bhubaneswar connects daily flights of other cities. After reaching Bhubaneswar one can reach the temple by hiring bus or taxi.
Security And Some Tips
There are many security services at Bhubaneswar which are provided to people for safety and protection. These security services are: Metro Guards India Pvt Ltd, Top Guarding Services Pvt Ltd, K1 Security services pvt ltd, Giss Security Services Pvt Ltd, Onetrack Security Services and Ask Security Services etc. Yatris should not carry cash and ornaments with them. They should keep their luggage at safe and secure place.
When To Visit
The best time to visit the shrine of Ananta Vasudeva is during the month from January to March. The temple is opened for all the days of the week. It is also opened at public holidays. The timings are: 6:30 AM to 7:00 PM. There is no entry fee to visit the shrine.
What To See And Do
Ananta Vasudeva Temple follows the Kalinga architecture. The whole temple premises consist of Jagmohan (worship hall), main shrine, bhogmandap, nathmandir and shikara. The temple’s walls are fully decorated with sophisticated and stunning design. It is also adorned by unknown female figures. The temple is surrounded by gardens and has peaceful environment. The main shrine consists of three deities of Lord Krishna, Subhadra and Balarama. Balarama is positioned under a seven hooded serpent, the two hands bear jewel pots and lotus and one foot is placed over other jewel pot and chakra, mace, conch and lotus are beard up by Lord Krishna. Butter, milk and curd are offered and distributed as Prasad. Food is also prepared at bhogmandap and is distributed among devotees as Prasad.
Where To Stay
Visitors can stay at guest house of Bhubaneswar. One of the guest houses of Bhubaneswar is Patra Guest House which provides accommodations and food facility along with the private boat to have a tour of Chilka Lake.
Where Else To Stay
There are many hotels near Biju Patnaik Airport of Bhubaneshwar to stay and take rest along with the food facility. These hotels are- Hotel Hindusthan International, Hotel Sambit Royale, Hotel Pushpak, Sambit Palace, Hotel Excellency, Hotel Grand Central, Hotel Sutrupti, Hotel Swosti, The New Marrion Hotel, The Presidency, The Presidency Classic etc.
The main festival which is celebrated in this sanctum is the festival of Janamanshtami. During which the whole shrine is festooned in a beautiful manner. Special bhajans are chanted by devotees during this festival. A large number of devotees visit the shrine during this festival. All religious ceremonies are performed at the shrine with full devotion during this festival.
There are many places to visit around Ananta Vasudeva Temple. These places are: Swarna Jaleshwar Mandir, Bindu Sagar Lake, Uttameshwar Mandir, Kalika Mandir, Maitreshwar Mandir, Ganga Yamuna Mandir and Ananta Vasudev Mandir etc.
Yatris should take video camera with them so as to trap each and every moment of the trip. Yatris should also take a personal diary for having the written record of the whole visit along with the feelings and emotions at that time. They should also hire a tourist guide who gives the complete knowledge of the temple including its history. They should also take first aid so as to cure frequent injury.
Hence, a devotional tour with scenic beauty is Ananta Vasudeva Temple.