Lingaraja Temple, Bhubaneswar

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Pay a visit to Lingaraja Temple, the largest and one of the oldest temple complexes in the area. The main tower stands at 55 m (180 ft) tall and dominates the surrounding area. Believed to have been built by kings of the Somavamsi dynasty in the 11th century CE, this historical place of worship honors Harihara, a form of Shiva and Vishnu. It represents a distinctly Kalinga architectural style, marked by dense iconography, historical and mythological references, and an idol auspiciously placed under a tree (here, the deity of Lingaraj originally lay under a mango). Stroll the walled enclosure's 50 shrines, each offering a wealth of artworks inside masterfully carved buildings. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Lingaraja Temple and many more Bhubaneswar attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Bhubaneswar vacation generator.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Bhubaneswar is called the Ekamra Kshetra as the deity of Lingaraj was originally under a mango tree (Ekamra). Ekamra Purana, a Sanskrit treatise of the 13th century mentions that the presiding deity w...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Beautiful temple. Also relatively more crowded. Be careful in interactions with priests. One willing response (name, gothra, where you are from) can quickly lead to more and more questions and you may...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    In Bhubaneswar, a visit to the famous Lingaraja temple is a must! Surprisingly you will witness a huge Ling, which according to the pandits there, say erupted from the earth. Be Blessed!  more »
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  • July 15, 2017
    Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Lingaraja Temple is one of the largest Hindu temples in Bhubaneswar and was built during the 11th century. The temple is also one of the few remaining specimens of the Kalinga style architecture and was built by the rulers of the Ganga dynasty. ओडिशा की राजधानी भुवनेश्वर में स्थित श्री लिंगराज मंदिर अपनी स्थापत्य कला के लिए दुनिया भर में मशहूर है. इस मंदिर का निर्माण सोमवंशी राजा जजाति केशरि ने 11वीं शताब्दी में करवाया था. हर साल अप्रैल महीने में यहां रथयात्रा आयोजित होती है.
  • May 31, 2017
    Amazing temple, at least from the outside - unfortunately non-Hindus (which seems to mean non-Indians) are not allowed in - and no information on how to gain any access/info. Though I did read there was a viewing platform somewhere, which I eventually found and caught some great snaps. It would be nice if there was a little more explanation about this for tourists. (If anyone is reading this - and wants to view from there, the platform is on the right side of the temple wall, as you are facing the main entrance. Walk around to the closed gate on the right wall, and the viewing platform is just there).
  • June 22, 2017
    Great temple but very poor administration and governance. They don't allow camera and phones inside the temple premises. The Government could improve infrastructure around the temple to make it a attractive tourist destination and generating revenue for its upkeep. It is also a bad thing to not allow people from other religions. Hinduism is all encompassing and hence this prohibition is anti-hindu and should be abolished.
  • July 7, 2017
    Very beautiful temple of Lord Shiva. There are many temples. It shows the great art and architect of ancient India. A must visit place in Bhubaneswar.
  • June 20, 2017
    Take your time over there it's very peaceful. Such a glorious ancient architecture. You will definitely feel the positive vibes.

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