Bhubaneswar, also known as the “City of Temples”
Bhubaneswar is the capital of the Odisha, a south-eastern state of India. Being the ancient capital of the Kalinga Empire, Bhubaneswar has a rich architectural as well as historical legacy. These temples attract a lot of tourists as well as religious followers to the city. Most of these temples were built in the medieval era and are basically focused on various forms and incarnations of Lord Shiva. The name of the city is itself derived from the Sanskrit name of Lord Shiva, “Tribhubaneswar”. These temples are astonishingly well crafted and are the quintessence of architectural excellence of medieval era. It is highly recommended to all the KIITians to visit these temples with their family. They will surely make you spellbound and will light the spirituality in you.
Lingaraj temple is the largest and one of the major tourist attraction of the city. This temple is dedicated to Lord Tribhubaneswar, a form of Lord Shiva. History of the temple cites back to 11th century AD. There are idols and shrines of 50 other deities inside the temple complex. This temple is maintained by The Archaeological Survey of India and Temple Trust Board.
Mukteswara Temple, otherwise known as Mukteswar Deula is the smallest temple in Bhubaneswar. But, its architectural beauty is serene and holds great importance for historians and archaeologists. The temple was built during 10th century AD. This temple is one of its kind and holds a major religious significance.
Rajarani temple is a very special temple, as it has no deities. The temple was constructed of dull red and yellow sandstone locally called “Rajarani“. It is locally known as the Love Temple due to the erotic carvings of women and couples in the temple. Historians place the construction of this temple between 11th and 12th century AD. The temple is possibly dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Brahmeswar Temple is situated just 1 K.M. East of the Lingaraj temple and is also dedicated to Lord Shiva. The architecture holds similarity with Mukteswara Temple. But, the uniqueness of this temple is the use of Iron Beams for the first time in a temple construction.
This temple gets its name as The Lord of Parasuram ( 6th incarnation of Lord Vishnu) and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple was built in the 7th century and reflects a great piece of Kalinga architecture.
So this was the List of 5 famous temples in Bhubaneswar. Do plan a holiday with your parents and be at the receiving end of the blessings of the Almighty. A great sage once said, “ Hard work and Blessings are both equally important”. So better not miss on any blessing. May the coming year be very fruitful for all of you.