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Vaital Temple


Vaital Temple

Vaital temple, enclosed within an irregular compound wall by the side of another temple known as Sisiresvara, consists of a deula and jagamohana and is significant for its architectural form and plastic art. Its small size is compensated by the elegance of decorative embellishments. The shrine (ht.11.58 m.) is attractive for its semi cylindrical roof which is a best example of the Khakhara order of temples in Odisha with a rectangular ground plan, the badas of the temple have shallow pilasters all on the same plane and elegantly carved with niches housing both cult deities and secular sculptures of beautiful nayika figures. The front fa├žade above the jagamohana has a Surya sculpture set in a chaitya window motif. The sanctum is pervaded by a weird atmosphere, the image enshrined in the central niche being the eight armed Chamunda, who is depicted in her most terrific aspect conceivable along with other matrika images. The temple was a seat of tantric worship as revealed from the presiding deity. The temple is dated in the 8th century A.D. and belongs to the second stage of development of temple architecture in Odisha.