Sunday, 14 April 2019

Lingaraj Temple And Liminal View

The Lingaraj Temple is a spectacular temple located in the old town area of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.
View of Lingaraj Temple from the bank of Bindusagar Tank
The temple stands as a testimony to the amazing expertise, skill and experience of Odia architects and artisans. The Lingaraj Temple was built by three generations of Somavamsi kings. It is believed that the temple's construction was over by 1114 AD when Anantavarman Chodagangadeva was the ruler of Odisha. 

In this majestic monument, all the components i.e. the deula, the Jagamohana, the natamandira and the bhoga mandapa are arranged in one axial alignment as per the Silpa Sastras. The compound has about one hundred temples of unequal size built in different periods of time. 
Near the Lingaraj Temple, there is an ancient tank called Bindusagar. Enclosed within a masonry embankment made of laterite blocks, Bindusagar is the largest water body of Bhubaneswar. This tank supports all the rituals of the Lord Lingaraj. 

I had visited the area during the Bhubaneswar Art Trail (BAT).
Artists had designed and displayed their creations. 

It was interesting to see the exhibit named 'Liminal View' designed by artist Sibanand Bhol. 
It was on the bank of the Bindusagar. 
Viewers could get a liminal view of the area that the art installation gave access to view.
The word 'liminal' means-
  1. 1.
    relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.
  2. 2.
    occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.

It was lovely to look through the hole and see the view.
There is always the option to see the larger view without anyone's support...

How do you like the 'Liminal View'? For you, is this new? Do share in the comments below.

L for- Lingaraj Temple, Liminal View
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1 comment:

  1. How interesting! I wonder what message the artist wanted to state by providing a liminal view of an otherwise open place?
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