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Home » India  » Temples of India  » East India » Temples in East India » Lingaraj Temple

Lingaraj Temple

Lingraj Temple

Location : Bhubaneshwar
Deity Worshipped : Svayambhu Linga or Hari Hara Linga (dedicated to Lord Shiva)
Built By : Believed to have been first built by Yayati Kesari during 617-657 A.D
Festivals Celebrated : Different festivals based on occasions.

The magnificent Lingaraja temple is believed to have been first built by Yayati Kesari in the 7th century who had shifted his capital from Jaipur to Bhubaneshwar. The Lingaraja temple is regarded as the best specimen of Orrisan temple architecture.

According to legend, Lord Shiva told Parvati that he prefers Bhubaneshwar over Benaras as a resort. Parvati decided to visit Bhubaneshwar in the guise of a cowherd woman. But two demons Kritti and Vasa started following her and desired to marry her. She played a trick, first requesting them to carry her upon their shoulders and then crushed them under her weight. Lord Shiva had to create the Bindu Saras lake to quench her thirst and took abode in the place as Lingaraja.

The temple of Lingaraja is located in a spacious courtyard that spreads over an area of 25 0000 square feet. It is located around the vast Bindu Sagar lake. Infact, all the temples of Bhubaneshwar are located near the lake. The entire temple is bounded by fortified walls. The tower of the temple is 180 feet high. There are exquisite carvings on the tower which look highly attractive.

Lingraj TempleThe outer walls of Lingaraja temple also have exquisite carvings and sculptures of many Hindu Gods and Goddess. The entire complex has been divided into three compartments with a temple each in every compartment. To the south, there is an image of Lord Ganesha, at the back is the image of Goddess Parvati and Lord Kartikya is to the north. The many pillars and halls of the temple further adds to its beauty.

The sanctum sanctorum of the Lingaraja temple has the shivalingam that rises to a height of 8 inches above the floor level. The shivalingam is also 8 feet in diameter. There are other temples also in the courtyard. The most prominent is the Bhagawati temple 22 worship services are offered each day in the Lingaraja temple. Once in every year, Lingaraja image is taken to Jalamandir which is at the very centre of Bindu Sagar lake.

Reaching Lingaraja Temple
Air : There are regular flights to Bhubaneshwar from most major destinations of India.
Rail : Bhubaneshwar has direct rail connectivity with all important destinations of India including the metropolitan cities.
Road : Bhubaneshwar has good road connectivity with the rest of Orissa and neighbouring states.





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