The Temple City Of Odisha- Bhubaneswar|India

Temple City Bhubaneswar
Temple City Bhubaneswar

A well-planned city, emerging as IT and technology hub; Bhubaneswar is the largest and capital city of Odisha. The city is duty-bounded by the Daya River (south) and the Kuakhai River (east) and the Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary and Nandankanan Zoo lying in western and northern parts of Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The city is assumed to have had over a thousand of temples, marking it as the ‘Temple City of India’. Here, the temples are made in Kalinga architectural style.

The most famous temples of Bhubaneswar are Lingaraja Temple, Muktesvara Temple, Rajarani Temple and Ananta Vasudeva Temple.

Lingaraja Temple:

Lingaraj Temple Of Bhubaneswar
Lingaraj Temple, Bhubaneswar

The ancient and largest temple is a well-known landmark of Bhubaneswar smart city and is one of the oldest temples of Odisha. It is the major tourist attraction place of Odisha. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Harihara- Lord Shiva and Vishnu.

Mukteswara Temple:

Mukteswara Temple Of Bhubaneswar
Mukteswara Temple, Bhubaneswar

It is also called as the Gem of Odisha architecture which was built in 10th century in Kalinga architectural style. It is an ancient Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva. The architecture has been inspired from Buddhist style.

Rajarani Temple:

It is a Hindu temple, also known as Love Temple was built in 11th century, featuring erotic carvings of couples. The temple is not related to any particular cult of Hinduism. The prime attraction of this temple is Rajarani music festival which takes place in January of every year, where main focus is classical music and dance.

Ananta Vasudeva Temple:

Ananta Vasudeva Temple Of Bhubaneswar
Ananta Vasudeva Temple, Bhubaneswar

It is a hindu temple which was built in 13th century and dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Murties of Krishna, Balarama and Subhadra are worshipped here.

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Other Attractions:

Khandagiri and Udayagiri, serve as the site of ancient Jain monastery which was designed into cave-like chambers. These caves have artistic carvings; date back to 2nd century BCE.

Khandagiri Caves Of Bhubaneswar
Khandagiri Caves

Dhauli hills on the banks of river daya were built by Japan Buddha Sangha. It is having the major Edicts of Ashoka carved on a mass of rock.

Dhauligiri, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Dhauligiri, Bhubaneswar

Recently built temples include Ram Mandir and ISKCON.

Ram Mandir, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Ram Mandir, Bhubaneswar

Best Time To Visit The City:

Visitors usually prefer visiting the temple city Bhubaneswar between the months of October and February.

Iskcon Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Iskcon Temple, Bhubaneswar

Connectivity:

  • By Air:

Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar Airport is the closest airbase.

  • By Rail:

Bhubaneswar has five railway stations, of which Bhubaneswar Railway Station is the closest.

  • By Road:

Bhubaneswar is well-connected by road to all the neighboring states such as Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, etc. Buses are available to all these places.

Author- Bhagyashree Brahma

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