The beautiful capital city Bhubaneswar has many ancient temples that are renowned for their architectural finesse and artistic beauty. Over 1000 temples are said to have decorated the city in the past, this has earned Bhubaneswar the tag of ‘The Temple City of India‘.
Bhubaneshwar, the ‘city of temples’, named after Tribhuvaneswar, ‘Lord of Three Worlds’, still preserves over 500 of India’s finest temples, around which the religious life of the city revolves.
Among the most popular tourist destinations in eastern India, the city of Bhubaneswar has much to offer travellers. Take a look at some of temples to visit in Bhubaneswar.
Lingaraj Temple is the oldest and largest temple of Bhubaneshwar. It is the main tourist attraction and must visit place n Bhubaneswar and it epitomises the specimen of Orissa style of temple architecture.
The term ‘Lingaraj’ suggests ‘The king of Lingas’, where ‘Linga’ is the phallic form of Lord Shiva. In the 11th century, Lingaraj Temple was built by the King Jajati Keshari, who belonged to Soma dynasty. It is said that when the King shifted his capital from Jaipur to Bhubaneshwar, he started the construction of Lingaraj Temple.
Another famous temple of the city is Mukteshwar temple. It is the most smallest and compact temple among all. It is known for its impeccable stone archway and ceiling with eight petal lotus inside its porch.
It was with this temple the tradition of incorporating carved images began and lion head motif was architected in this temple. Mukhteswar itself means “Lord who gives freedom through yoga” and the temple has various meditation poses and the figures from the Hindu mythology, folk tales and also of Jain monks.
Kedargouri temple is also known as Temple of Love and is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri. This temple is situated in the same premises next to Mukteswar temple.
The temple has perennial stream besides it and as per religious texts a single sip of water from this stream relieves the drinker from the repeated cycle of birth and deaths, in other words the drinker gets Moksha. This temple was built by king Lalatendu Kesari in the memory of two lovers who had tragic death.
Another famous temple is Rajarani temple. It is unique temple as there is no particular deity associated with it. This temple is also referred as Khajuraho of the east because of its ornate carvings and erotic sculptures.
The best part of this temple is the clusters of smaller carved spires on its spire. The spacious temple ground is the place to relax if you want to relax your tired nerves.
Parasurameswar temple is the oldest surviving temple of Bhubaneshwar and was constructed in 650 A.D. The temple though small is stupendously decorated shrine of Lord Shiva. This temple has typical Oriyan style of architectural flavours.
The temple has outer wall decorated with beautiful carvings of family members of Lord Shiva. Other art work like floral designs, sculptures of animals etc makes the entire work mesmerizingly beautiful.