Friday, December 23, 2016
Odisha’s capital city, Bhubaneshwar, is a renowned tourist destination, owing to its assorted bag of attractions. Right from gardens and natural wonders, to monuments and stunning architecture, the city has it all. However, the city is prominently known as the ‘City of Temples’ as it is home to nearly 700 temples. All temples are a fine work of art with heavily sculptured features and outstanding architecture that dates back centuries. We bring you 7 temples that are a must-visit in Bhubaneshwar.
This temple began the evolution of temple architecture in Bhubaneshwar when it was built in the 11th century AD. The temple is beautifully decorated with immaculate sculptures of gods and goddesses, musicians, hunters and dancers. The temple is 180 feet tall and has 64 small shrines, apart from the grand shrine for Lords Shiva and Vishnu. Make sure to also visit the Rameshwar Deula (known as Mausi Maa), located 2 km ahead of the Lingaraja shrine.
Locally fabled to be named so for being a resort for Oriya Kings and Queens, the temple actually gets its name from the unique sandstone used for its construction. It was built in the 10th century AD, the temple is adorned with multiple carvings and statues depicting various scenes from ancient times. It is also home to the famous Rajarani Music Festival held in the month of January.
One of the smaller temples of the city, Mukteshwar is known for its 8-petal lotus carved in the ceiling of the temple porch, as well as the beautiful stone archway. The carved lion-head motifs were amongst the first carved images during the time. The temple also has sculpted figures from Panchatantra folk tales, Hindu mythology, meditation poses and more on the outside.
The temple was built for Lord Brahmeshwar, a form of Lord Shiva, in the 11th century AD. It is a 60-feet long temple and was the first in the state to use iron beams for construction. There are many icons of dancers and musicians on the walls along with carvings of erotic couples.
The temple architecture showcases 64 figures of yogini goddesses carved inside the walls. All the yoginis are depicted with great detail and accuracy, making it a marvel in history. The temple surroundings are extremely relaxing and calming, thus attracting devotees to spend quality time here.
Though Bhubaneshwar is known for its temples, the city also has a rich heritage and culture in terms of natural beauty and famous attractions. Some of the must-visit sites in Bhubaneshwar include:-
Whether you’re a history enthusiast, architect student, a nature lover or a leisure seeker, Bhubaneshwar has ample of attractions waiting to be explored. Every place has a unique history, charm and appeal, thereby making a visit to Bhubaneshwar and its attractions worth your time and money.