Lingaraj Temple

Why To Go

The Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, has always been a great source of glamour and magnetism to the wide range of devotees around the entire world. The temple, devoted to Lord Shiva depicts the exact consonance and symmetry of Odisha’s ornamental technique and architectural acclamation and credit. The temple is one of the oldest temples of the town, and stands at a height of 180 feet representing the medieval stages of architecture in Bhubaneshwar. Representing the Deula style, the temple comprises vimana, jagmohana, natmandira and bhoga mandapa; and encompasses a large complex that has almost 150 shrines within.

There are many stories around behind the establishment of this notable creation. The temple of Lingaraja is highly revered and admired by the devotees of Hinduism. The term ‘Lingaraj’ refers to ‘the king of Lingas’, where ‘linga’ originally means Lord Shiva. In the 11th century, Lingaraj Temple was erected by the King Jayati Keshari, who belonged to Soma dynasty. It is heard that when the King shifted his capital from Jaipur to Bhubaneswar, he started the construction of Lingaraj Temple. The reference of this ancient temple is also found in the Hindu scripture, The Brahma Purana. Though the main structure was built in 11th century, but there are many other parts in the temple that are believed to be constructed in 6th century. The locals stories have their say that when the great Jagannath Temple started being erected, then the Lingaraja Temple was about to finish. This belief is further strengthened with the fact that Lord Vishnu is also worshipped here along with Lord Shiva.

Travel Tips

You must book your train tickets and hotels or lodges well in advance to avoid the possible disappointments. A compact travel guide should always be kept with you, as it will make you aware of the important surrounding sites. A camera will also help you to treasure the significant and supreme memoirs, but photography inside the temple complex is prohibited. November to March would be the best time to visit here.

Things To Do

Before turning to any other sites, indulge into the beauty of Lingaraj Temple. The temple with its architectural magnificence and beauty covers and area of 2,50,000 sq.ft. and encloses the Bindu Sagar Lake and bounded by beautifully scriptured walls. The four parts has their own brilliance of carvings and sculptures. Dhauli Giri: Fraught with immense historical importance, Dhauligiri is decorated with rocky substance and was built by the great emperor Asoka. The heart-shattering Kalinga war took place here and after the war was over, this place also became the bearer of true evidence of the historical remorse of the king. He embraced Buddhism and became the preacher of non-violence. The edifice holds variegated inscriptions that say of Asoka’s preaching. ISKCON Temple: This eminent white edifice is situated at the heart of the Bhubaneswar city. The residing place of the deities of Krishna, Balaram, Jagannath, Subhadra and Gaur Nitai, the temple remains always blessed with continuous chanting of harmonious prayers and the congregation of devotees. Ram Mandir Temple: Being one of the modern temples in Bhubaneswar, it looks great from outside with recent renovations and upgraded architecture. Situated near Kharvel Nagar, the temple holds beautiful astonishing images of Lord Rama, Goddess Sita and Lord Laxman. The high rising shrine that is visible from many other parts of the city has been the prime reason for variegated travelers to get attracted towards the temple housing.

Getting Around

Getting around in the city is not a big deal at all as there are lots of vehicles like taxis and state buses around in the city to land you and your family members up to the attractive surrounding magnetism.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

Bhubaneswar airport, also known as Patnaik Airport is the nearest airport to Lingaraja Temple. It is just about 5 km away from the city. Avail prvate cars, taxis to reach the temple.

TRAIN

The closest railway station is Bhubaneswar which is just 6 km away from the site, is well-linked with all the major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Lucknow etc. Get on to a taxi or hired cars to reach the Lingaraj temple.

ROAD

Being situated on a prime location like National Highway No. 5, it is connected with all the major cities in India by buses and several other vehicles. State buses are also available for quick access in the town. You can reach the temple from neighbouring towns and cities via private cars, taxis etc.

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Surrounding Attractions

There are scores of other minor temples around Lingaraja, nut the 8th-century Viatla Temple deserves special attention. It combines elements from tantric, Buddhist and Vedic traditions. Travel to Puri via private cars and enjoy the vast golden sea beach and the beautiful Jagannath Temple. Pay a visit to the Sun temple at Konark and places surrounding the region.
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