10-kms from Badamba, Cuttack District, Orissa
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Shiva & Parvati
Orissan Temple Architecture
It is situated in a rocky island in the Mahanadi River and can be approached from the village Gopinathpur in the Cuttack district. It is also one of the earliest standing temples of Orissa and it shows close affinities both in art and architecture with the earliest group of standing temples.
It is about 10-kms from Badamba in Cuttack District, the Simhanath temple is interesting for its images of 'Shaiva', 'Shakta', and 'Vaishnava' cults of Hinduism. The 'Jagmohana' (porch) appears to be influenced by the "Vaital Deul temple" in Bhubaneswar .
The Simhanath temple combines older features with new and energetic experiments. This can be seen in such things as the elongation of the 'Paga' images, which crown the niches, and in the addition of a third terrace to the roof of the 'Jagmohana'.