Lingaraj Temple Bhubaneswar
HOW TO GET THERE
One can fly to Bhubaneswar from Delhi, Calcutta, Chennai, Vizag,
Nagpur, Mumbai or Hyderabad. Or catch a superfast train from Calcutta, Chennai, Hyderabad,
Mumbai, Delhi, Triruvananthapuram, Bangalore, Cochin or Guwahati. Inter-state tourist bus
services are also available.
HOW TO STAY
The Orissa Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) Panthanivas at Jayadev Marg,
Bhubaneswar-751014 Tel:- 432515/432314
AC & non-AC rooms.
Tariff : Rs. 300/- to Rs. 550/-
Jayadev Marg, Bhubaneswar- 751002, Tel: - 431299
Gram : ORISSA TOUR
Tourist Counter, Airport
Tel : 404006
Government of India Tourist Office.
B-21, B.J.B. Nagar
Tel :- 432203
CAPITAL city of the modern state and the ancient kingdom of
Kalinga, Bhubaneswar is known as the Temple City of India. Among the finest of its
600 temples is the Lingaraja Temple of Shiva, built in the 11th century.
It is also the biggest in Bhubaneswar.
No less famous is the Mukteswara Temple which was built in the
10th century. It is well known for its stone arch at the entrance and is richly
sculpted. With the tales from the Panchatantra carved on it, the temple is a magnificent
example of Orissan architecture. The Rajarani Temple, set in picturesque
surrounding, is noted for its intricate carvings of floral, animal and human figures.
Constructed in the 11th century, it has an unusual tower. More interestingly,
the temple has no deity.
Close to the Mukteswara Temple is the Parsurameswara Temple, a
small but richly decorated shrine of Shiva that was built in the 7th century.
It is one of the best preserved. It has sculptures featuring amorous couples, animals and
floral motifs. The Svarnajaleswara Temple located a little south of Parsurameswara
Temple has beautiful depictions from the epic Ramayana. Vaital Temple is
architecturally striking. It is a temple for Goddess Chamunda (Kapali) and has a tantric
influence. About 15 km from Bhubaneswar is the Yogini Temple at Hirapur. One of the
four Yogini Temples in India, it has beautiful Yoginis carved from black chlorite.
The Buddhist influence is spread all over Bhubaneswar. Ashokan Rock
Edict is situated at Dhauli, 8 km south of the city. The sculpted elephant atop
the edict signifies the Mauryan Emperor Ashokas conversion to Buddhism after
his Kalinga victory. This is said to be the earliest rock-cut sculpture in India.
On the Dhauligiri Hills, where the great Kalinga war was fought, stands
a very modern monument to world peace, the Vishwa Shanti Stupa. This magnificent
Buddhist Temple was built by Indo-Japanese collaboration. Below the Dhauligiri Hills, the
river Daya flows peacefully.
Rock-Cut Caves are also seen on the hills of Khandagiri and
Udayagiri which are about 8 km from Bhubaneswar. The double-storeyed Rani Gumpha
(Queens Cave) is the largest cave with ornate carvings.
The Hati Gumpha (Elephant Cave) has the Chronicle of
King Kharavela carved on it.
The excavated ancient township Sisupalgarh lies a few kilometers
southeast of the city towards Puri. A fortified town surrounded by a natural moat, it was
probably the capital of Kalinga in the 2nd century B. C.
Bhubaneswar has three museums, one celebrating Orissan heritage and the
others; the handicrafts and the tribal research museum. The Orissa State Museum in
the city has a rich collection of sculptures, coins, copper plates, stone inscriptions,
lithic and bronze-age tools, rare palm leaf manuscripts and traditional folk and musical
instruments. The Handicrafts Museum has a handsome collection of stone sculptures,
patta-paintings, brass castings, horn toys and silver filigree.
While the temple and monuments and redolent with the culture of a hoary
era, the vibrance of life throbs in the sprawling Nandan Kanan Zoological Park. Endowed
with a natural lake, it is known for the rare white tigers and migratory birds which nest
here during winter. It has also the countrys largest Lion Safari Park and White
Tiger safari with Ropeway and Toy Train. The park is located 20 km from Bhubaneswar but it
is closed on Mondays.
Another attraction is the Atri Hot Sulphur Spring. 42 km from
Bhubaneswar, near the famous Hatakeswara Temple. It has a Bathing Complex for tourists.
For Budget Tourists
|Name of Hotel
||Name of Hote
For High-Spending Hotels
|Hotels Kalinga Ashoka
|State Guest House
|The Garden Inn
Besides, there are number of hotels, lodging
houses and Dharmasalas for low-budget tourists.