Every State has its own charm and when talking about Odisha no one can deny that the city of temple hits their mind first. A place to visit at least once in your lifetime and to collect lifetime memories with you. Bhubaneswar, the capital and largest city of Odisha holds its place in everyone’s heart for its ancient temples and architecture . There are more than 600 temples present in Bhubaneswar for which it is called The City of Temples. Here I am penning down some of the reasons to visit Bhubaneswar at least once in your lifetime :
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Lingaraj Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva situated in Old town, Bhubaneswar. The temple was built in 11th Century, where as some of its part were originally constructed in 6th Century. It is the largest and oldest temple in Bhubaneswar. Temple is divided in to 4 parts – Garbha Ghruha(Sanctum Sanctorum), Jagamohana(Assembly Hall), Natamandir(Festival Hall) and Bhoga Mandapa(Hall of offering prasad). The Linga of Lord Shiva is Swayambhu (Self Originated) and worshiped as Harihara.
The famous festival of Lord Lingaraj is widely known as Shivaratri, in which lakhs of devotees come to the temple to worship Lord Shiva. The temple is situated at 5km distance from the railway station. There are lot more things to explore nearby the area. So next time when you are planning to visit Bhubaneswar don’t miss to dwell in and sick the blessings of Lord Mahadev.
Ananta Vasudeva Temple :
As the name refers Ananta Vasude Temple is dedicate to Lord Krishna, the avataram of Lord Vishnu.The complete idols of Lord krishna, Lord Balaram and Devi Subhadra are worshiping here. The temple is very near to the Lingaraj Temple, built in 13th century during Chadrika Devi, daughter of Anangabhima Deva III . The idols are made up of black granite stone. The prasadam available here is called as “Chhapan Bhog” or “Mahaprasad” is very similar to the Mahaprasad available in Ananda Bazar , Puri Jagnnath temple.
Locally known as “The Love Temple”, Rajarani Temple built in 11th century is another point of attraction for the tourists who comes to the temple city. The construction of temple was done with dull red and yellow sandstone, locally called as Rajarani. There is no idol/image inside the sanctum, for which the temple is not associated with any Hindu cult.
The famous temple is also known as “The Gem Of Odisha architecture” is dedicated to Hindu Lord Shiva. Built is 10th century the temple is a pure mixer of sculpture and architecture is a point of attraction for many tourists. This temple comes under protected monuments of India. Several lingas of Lord Shiva are getting worship here. The “Torana” ( Gateway of temple) is the main feature of the temple completely reflects the Buddhist architecture is decorated with inbuilt ornaments and beautiful structure of women and complex designs.
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