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Bhubaneswar , Orissa

Apart from being the capital of Orissa, everyone knows that Bhubaneshwar is very commonly known as the Temple city of India. It bears the hallmarks of some great kingdoms and the temples that were built here are nothing but the remains of those grand cultures. Bhubaneshwar has witnessed the upheaval of many a rule and withstood every storm it had to face. This is a city of true historic importance and a very big place of pilgrimage for Hindus all over the country. Hundreds of temples dot the scene of old town and more modern buildings dot the scene of the new town. This divide adds to the intrigue of this very fast growing city which is trying to preserve its heritage as much as it can. One of the places to visit here are the rock cut caves of Udaygiri and Khandagiri. There are some magnificent Pali records that are etched here which date back to the 1st century BC. This is quite an overwhelming place to be in. Surrounded by such imporatance it transports you to a different world. The most important temples here are the Lingaraj temple, the Mukeshwar temple and the Parsurameshwar temple. Each about a thousand years old and still standing tall in their own rights, these temples surely make you realise the skills of the artists that had lived and the very beauty of each creation. Apart from having tremendous religious value, these are places which equally great artistry. They are simply magnificent to behold. An interesting place to be here is Dhauli. Surrounded by paddy fields, the Dhauli hill brings back memories of the historic 'Kalinga war' which was fought around here. It is here that Ashoka, the terrible, was transformed into Ashoka, the compassionate and championed the cause of Buddhism. On the foot of the hill one can see the Rock Edicts of Ashoka and the forepart of a skillfully sculpted elephant hewn out of a huge rock. It also has a Buddhist Peace Pagoda of international importance.

Distance / Time Current Temperature Mean Rainfall Altitude Population Best Times Min Hotel tariff
km / Hrs 29.0°C /85.0°F 150 mm 153feet 4900.0 /km2 Jan-Dec Coming Soon


Places of Interest

  • Orissa State Museum

    "Odisha State Museum is a museum in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. In its original form it was established in 1932 and later moved to the current building in 1960.[1] The museum is divided into eleven sections, viz, Archaeology, Epigraphy, Numismatics, Armoury, Mining & Geology, Natural History, Art & Craft, Contemporary Art, Patta Painting, Anthropology and Palmleaf Manuscripts.[1] The museum is headed by a superintendent and the administrative control lies in the hands of Cultural Affairs Department, Government of Odisha."

    Orissa State Museum

  • Tribal Museum

    "The Tribal Museum is an ethnographic museum in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, showing the life of Thailand's minority hill tribes.The Tribal Museum highlights the history and culture of the mountain tribes of north Thailand, including the Akha, Karen, Khamu, Lahu, Lau, Lisu, Hmong, Mien and Thin peoples.[1] The museum has three components:[2]\nIndoor exhibits of tribal clothes, jewellery and other artefacts;\nA video presentation of tribal life in northern Thailand\nA large garden with exhibits of tribal huts, reconstructed in an attractive waterside setting.[2]\nIn addition, the Tribal Museum hosts a monthly tribal market, selling handmade clothes, craft goods and food, from a different hill tribe each month.[2]"

    Tribal Museum

  • Bindu Sarovara

  • Nandankanan Zoo

    "Nandankanan Zoological Park is a 400-hectare (990-acre) zoo and botanical garden in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. Established in 1960, it was opened to the public in 1979 and became the first zoo in India to join World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) in 2009. It also contains a botanical garden and part of it has been declared a sanctuary. Nandankanan, literally meaning The Garden of Heavens,[1] is located near the capital city, Bhubaneswar, in the environs of the Chandaka forest, and includes the 134-acre (54 ha) Kanjia lake.\nA major upgrade was done in 2000 (after the damage caused by the super-cyclone of 1999 in coastal Odisha). More than 2 million visitors visit Nandankanan every year."

    Nandankanan Zoo

  • Brahmeshwara Temple

    "Brahmeswara Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Siva located in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, erected at the end of the 9th century CE, is richly carved inside and out. This Hindu temple can be dated with fair accuracy by the use of inscriptions that were originally on the temple. They are now unfortunately lost, but records of them preserve the information of around 1058 CE. The temple is built in the 18th regnal year of the Somavamsi king Udyotakesari by his mother Kolavati Devi, which corresponds to 1058 CE.[1]"

    Brahmeshwara Temple

  • ISKCON Temple

  • Lingaraj Temple

    "Lingaraj Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Harihara, a form of Shiva and is one of the oldest temples of Bhubaneswar, the capital of the East Indian state of Odisha. The temple is the most prominent landmark of the Bhubaneswar city and one of the major tourist attractions of the state.[1][2]\nThe Lingaraja temple is the largest temple in Bhubaneswar. The central tower of the temple is 180 ft (55 m) tall. The temple represents the quintessence of the Kalinga Architecture and culminating the medieval stages of the architectural tradition at Bhubaneswar.[3] The temple is believed to be built by the kings from the Somavamsi dynasty, with later additions from the Ganga rulers. The temple is built in the Deula style that has four components namely, vimana (structure containing the sanctum), jagamohana (assembly hall), natamandira (festival hall) and bhoga-mandapa (hall of offerings), each increasing in the height to its predecessor. The temple complex has 50 other shrines and is enclosed by a large compound wall.\nBhubaneswar is called the Ekamra Kshetra as the deity of Lingaraj was originally under a mango tree (Ekamra) as noted in Ekamra Purana, a 13th-century Sanskrit treatise. The temple is active in worship practises, unlike most other temples in Bhubaneswar and Shiva is worshipped as Harihara, a combined form of Vishnu and Shiva. The temple has images of Vishnu, possibly because of the rising prominence of Jagannath cult emnating from the Ganga rulers who built the Jagannath Temple in Puri in the 12th century.\nLingaraja temple is maintained by the Temple Trust Board and the Archeological Survey of India (ASI). The temple has an average of 6,000 visitors per day and receives lakhs of visitors during festivals. Shivaratri festival is the major festival celebrated in the temple and event during 2012 witnessed 200,000 visitors."

    Lingaraj Temple

  • Mukteswara Temple

    "Muktesvara deula is a 10th-century Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India. The temple dates back to 970 CE and is a monument of importance in the study of the development of Hindu temples in Odisha. The stylistic development the Mukteswara marks the culmination of all earlier developments, and initiates a period of experiment which continues for an entire century, as seen in such temples as the Rajarani Temple and Lingaraj temple, both located in Bhubaneswar.[1]"

    Mukteswara Temple

  • Parasurameswara Temple

    "Parsurameswar Temple, located in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, India, is the best preserved specimen of an early Hindu temple dated to the Sailodbhava period of the seventh and eighth centuries A.D. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and is one of the oldest temples in Orissa. Built during 650 AD in Nagara style, the Parsurameswar temple has all the main features of the pre-10th century Orissan style of architecture. The temple is the one of the Parasumeswar group of temples that are considered the oldest temples in Bhubaneswar.\nParsurameswar temple has two structures namely the vimana (sanctum) and the bada (the curvilinear spire) over its roof raising up to a height of 40.25 feet (12.27 m). The Parsurameswar is the first temple to have the additional structure called jagamohana added its structure compared to the earlier temples that had only vimana. Though the temple is a Saiva shrine, it contains the images of numerous Sakta deities as Parsvadevatas (attendant deities) sculpted on its walls. For the first time the depiction of Saptamatrikas images, namely, Chamunda, Varahi, Indrani, Vaisnavi, Kaumari, Sivani and Brahmi are found in a temple in Bhubaneswar. The temple is maintained by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) as a ticketed monument. Parasurashtami is the major festival celebrated in the temple during June-July."

    Parasurameswara Temple

  • Raj Rani Temple

    "Rajarani Temple is an 11th-century Hindu temple located in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha, India. The temple is originally believed to be known as Indreswara and locally known as \"love temple\" on account of the erotic carvings of women and couples in the temple. Rajatemple is built on pnahcratha style on a raised platform with two structures; a central shrine namely the vimana (sanctum) with the bada (the curvilinear spire) over its roof raising up to a height of 18 m (59 ft) and a viewing hall called jagamohana with a pyramidal roof . The temple was constructed of dull red and turbid yellow sandstone locally called \"Rajarani\".\nVarious historians place the original construction date between the 11th and 12th centuries and have placed it roughly belonging to the same period of the Jagannath Temple at Puri. The architecture of other temples in central India is believed to have originated from the temple, with the notable ones being the Khajuraho temples and Totesvara Mahadeo temple in Kadawa. The are various sculptures in the walls around the temple and the vimana depicting scenes of marriage of Shiva, Nataraja, Parvati, tall slender sophisticated nayikas depicted in various roles and moods such as turning her head from an emaciated ascetic, fondling her child, holding a branch of tree, attending to her toilet, looking into mirror, taking off her anklet, caressing her pet bird and playing instrument. Rajarani temple is maintained by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) as a ticketed monument."

    Raj Rani Temple

  • Vaital Deul Temple

    "Vaita?a deu?a or Baitala deu?a(Oriya: ????? ????, Devnagari:????? ????) is a 9th-century Hindu temple typical Khakara temple dedicated to Goddess Chamunda located in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Orissa, India. This is also locally known as \"Tini Mundia Mandira\". This info may be helpful in locating the temple."

    Vaital Deul Temple


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