Bhubaneshwar Shiva Temple is the largest Shiva temple in Bangladesh. It was built in 1823-1830 A.D. by Rani Bhubonmoyee Devi, the widow of Raja Jagat Narayan Roy. While entering the Puthia temple complex, this massive temple will be the first to spot overlooking the big pond named Shiv Sagar. This ornate temple is an imposing and excellent example of the five spire style (Pancha Ratna) temple architecture common in northern India.
The temple is 14.30 meters long, square-shaped, and built on a raised platform of 04 meters in height. It has wide stairs on the south side of the main entrance. Surrounding it has corridors on four sides with 05 entrances on each side. There is one entrance each on the east, west, and south side to enter the main sanctuary.
Inside the sanctuary, lies a very large black basalt Shiva Lingam, which is the largest in the country. It is decorated with stone carvings and sculptural works, which were disfigured during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. The invading Pakistani army attempted to displace and break the Shiva Lingam but was unable to move it from its position.
There is a separate stair on the north side of the temple to go to the pond. On the roof of the temple, there are four towers in for corners, and one large tower in the center. The central tower is 20 meters high. This temple is now a protected monument by the archaeological department of Bangladesh. Check out here to know more about Puthia and its amazing structures: Puthia Temple Complex: A village full of historic Hindu temples in Bangladesh
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