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 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 height. It has an wide stairs in the south side on the main entrance. Surrounding it has corridors in four side with 05 entrance each side. There is one entrance each in 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 were unable to move it from its position.
There is a separate stairs in the north side of the temple to go to the pond. In the roof of the temple, there are four towers in for corners, and one large tower in the center. The central tower in 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 it’s amazing structures: Puthia: An amazing village in Bangladesh full of beautiful temples.
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