The Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, has always been a great source of glamour and magnetism to the wide range of devotees around the entire world. The temple devoted to Lord Shiva depicts the exact consonance and symmetry Orissa’s ornamental technique and architectural acclamation and credit. There are many stories around behind the establishment of this notable creation. Lingaraj Temple is believed to be the oldest and largest temple of Bhubaneswar. The temple of Lingaraja is highly revered and admired by the devotees of Hinduism. The term 'Lingaraj' refers to 'the king of Lingas', where 'linga' originally means Lord Shiva. In the 11th century, Lingaraj Temple was erected by the King Jajati Keshari, who belonged to Soma dynasty. It is heard that when the King shifted his capital from Jaipur to Bhubaneswar, he started the construction of Lingaraj Temple. The reference of this ancient temple is also found in the Hindu scripture, The Brahma Purana. Though the main structure was built in 11th century, but there are many other parts in the temple that are believed to be constructed in 6th century. The locals stories have their say that when the great Jagannath Temple started being erected, then the Lingaraja Temple was about to finish. This belief is further strengthened with the fact that Lord Vishnu is also worshipped here along with Lord Shiva. 

Odhiya language spoken in this region.

Travel Tips

You must book your train tickets and hotels or lodges well in advance to avoid the possible disappointments. A compact travel guide should always be kept with you, as it will make you aware of the important surrounding sites. A good quality camera will also help you to treasure the significant and supreme memoirs.

November to February would be the best time to visit here.

When to visit

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Things to do

Dhauli Giri: Fraught with immense historical importance, Dhauligiri is decorated with rocky sunstance and was built by the great emperor Asoka. It was nowhere but here the heart-shattering Kalinga war took place and after the war was over, this place also becomes the bearer of true evidence of the historical remorse of the king. He embraced Buddhism and became the pioneer of non-violence. The edifice holds variegated inscriptions that say of Asoka’s preaching.

ISKCON Temple: This eminent white edifice is situated at the heart of the Bhubaneswar city. The residing place of the deities of Krishna, Balaram, Jagannath, Subhadra and Gaur Nithai, the temple remains always blessed with continuous chanting of harmonious prayers and the congregation of devotees.

Ram mandir Temple: Being one of the modern temples in Bhubaneswar, it looks great from outside with recent renovations and upgraded architecture. Situated near Kharvel Nagar, the temple holds beautiful astonishing images of Lord Rama, Goddess Sita and Lord Laxman. The high rising shrine that is visible from many other parts of the city has been the prime reason for variegated travelers to get attracted towards the temple housing.

Getting Around

Getting around in the city is not a big deal at all as there are lots of vehicles like taxis and state buses around in the city to land you and your family members up to the attractive surrounding magnetisms.

Places to Stay

There are so many luxurious hotels and mid range hotels one an avail.

How to Reach

  • Bhubaneswar airport also known as Patnaik Airport is the nearest airport to Lingaraja Temple. It is just about 5 km away from the city.
  • The closest railway station Bhubaneswar which is just 6 km away from the site is well linked with all the major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Lucknow etc.
  • Being situated on the prime location like National Highway No. 5, it is connected with all the major cities in India by buses and several other vehicles. State buses are also available for a quick access within the city.

Surrounding Attractions

There are scores of other minor temples aorund Lingaraja, nut the 8th century Viatla Temple deserves special attention. Its combines elements from tantric, Buddhsit and Vedic traditions.

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