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. Plan to see Lingaraja Temple and other attractions that appeal to you using our Bhubaneswar online driving holiday planner .
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  • The place is ok,, but not maintained fully for lighting,neat & clean inside the tample. But worth to visit to be blessed.  more »
  • Once a time visit. Nice architecture. But needs cleanliness. Still visit once u r nearby. Har har mahadev  more »
  • Not only a scared place for Hindhus but must visit once for its Architecture. Pandas will spleece you and haress you beware of them its better if you dont get involved with them.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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Accommodating large numbers of pilgrims year-round, Bhubaneswar offers a variety of options for overnight stays. A wide array of hotels grouped between Nanpath Road and CTC Road and northwest to Nandan Kanan Road give a range choice for everyone’s budget. Luxurious four-star hotels are located away from the city’s bustle and have beach view. With many universities in town, Bhubaneswar offers a wide range of low-budget accommodations. Inexpensive government- or state tourism-run hotels and hostels, guest houses and youth hostels are scattered around town.
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