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Modern civil engineering uses meticulously planned shuttering for such structures and use of concrete is another factor. But this was 1200s and none of those technology existed back then. But the structure stands even after 800 years.

The Ceiling of The Jagamohana, or as known to the English speaking population as the Assembly hall, of the Gangesvari Temple at Gop. What caught our sight is the inverted saucer type design with steps ascending towards the center.

Today when we look back, millions died fighting for a language so that Odia lives on. What are we doing to keep the spirit going?

But it was the arrival of Kapilendra Deva Gajapati that made Odia truly pan national and official. Hence, you see Odia associated with Kapilendra Deva Gajapati.

Old Odia Inscriptions from Kapileswara Mandira, Bhubaneswar. Odia became very important to the nation since the arrival of Somavanshis. Rudhi Gangas took steps further to consolidate nationalism through Odia.

ମାଦଳାପାଞ୍ଜିକୁ ନେଇ ଆଜିର ଏ ସଂକ୍ଷିପ୍ତ ଉପସ୍ଥାପନା କରୁଅଛୁ। ଆଗକୁ ମାଦଳପାଞ୍ଜି ସହ ଜଡିତ ଅନେକ ତଥ୍ୟ ନେଇ ଆସିବୁ ଆପଣମାନଙ୍କ ପାଇଁ। (ଭାଗ - ୧)(2/2)

A fisheye view of the Lingaraja Temple Complex, including the minor temples. Curzon Mandap provides an awesome view of the whole complex.

This picture was taken at Meghesvar Temple, Tankapani Road, Bhubaneswar

The Temple Guards. Naga Guards, usually in a male-female pair, are very common in Medieval temples of Odisha. The concept of Naga Guards is also applied to Buddhist Temples of Thailand. This is no coincidence. The Culture of Kalinga spread to South East and Far East via trade.

Today, models like BIM are used for building models and mockups. However, one thing to note is that The Gangesvari Temple was constructed in 1200s. The only electricity people had seen back then was lightening in the sky.

The Gangesvari Temple at Gop seems to be a physical model/prototype for Konark Sun Temple. The engineers probably planned the Sun Temple by building a prototype and rehearsed the building of the temple considering that they had a relatively short time to build.

Prototype and physical models are used for testing of structures worldwide. Especially in marine conditions, breakwaters have to undergo physical testing to see if the structure will fail or not. #

What humans can make and what humans are capable of is just demonstrated so beautifully at this place. The Spirit of Kalinga!

The Most Intriguing Part of The Gangesvari Temple is the Parsvadevi Varahi. You will see nothing like her ever. Pretty yet Ruthless. Drinking blood from a bowl, holding dagger and yet adorned in Jewels. Probably the apt representation of a strong female.