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Bhubaneswar Tourism

Bhubaneswar

 

 

Odisha is a land of sacred temples, crystal clear beaches, varied wildlife and glorifying past. The state has four major cities namely Bhubaneshwar, Puri, the Konark and Cuttack. Each of the cities beholds in itself the rich vividness of the state.

 

Bhubaneshwar Tourism: Bhubaneshwar is the state capital whose history dates back to 200 years. Named after Tribhuvaneshwar, the Lord of the three worlds, the city holds immense magnificence in the history of Odisha and is home to an array of places of interest. Nicknamed as the “Temple City”, Bhubaneswar is also home to numerous sacred temples and shrines

 

Temples in Bhubaneswar

 

Lingaraj Temple: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is visited by numerous devotees and pilgrims, who wish to pay their homage to the Lord. Built in the medieval period using granites, the complex is bordered with walls and houses many shrines in its premises. The Parvati temple within the premises is a noteworthy temple dedicated to the wife of Lord Shiva. On the eve of Shivratri, devotees pay a visit to the temple with offerings of water and milk for the Shiv-ling at the temple.

 

The ISKCON Temple: Located in the heart of the city, the ISKCON temple houses the deities of Krishna, Balaram, Gaura Nithai, Subhadra and Jagannath in its sacred abode. The temple is a place for daily bhajans that are sung in praise of the deities with ultimate devotion by the followers. Moreover, the poojas that take place every day are acts of worshipping the deities of the temple.

 

Rajarani Temple: The literary meaning of “Rajarani temple” is “the Temple of King-Queen”. An epitome of the architecture of the state, the temple boasts erotic carvings on the walls. Built in the 11th century, the garden of the temple is a beauteous place adorned with sculptors of females carved intricately.

 

Mukteswar Temple: The Mukteswar temple is a gilded star of Orissa tourism that beholds the architectural magnificence of the craftsmen. Built in the 10th century, the temple is adorned with sculptor of female warriors, maidens, elephants, monkeys and some erotic carvings. The entrance of the temple showcases some carvings that seem influenced from the Buddhist architecture.

 

Brahmeswara Temple: The Brahmeswara Temple was built in the 11th century. The temple that houses four small shrines worships a shivling and idols of Goddess Lakshmi. An idol of Lord Shiva’s fierce form is also worshipped inside the temple premises. Constructed in the age old architectural style, the Brahmeswara Temple is renowned for its artistic sculptures in the temple’s tower and porch.

 

Parsuramesvara Temple: Constructed in 650 A. D., the temple is believed to be one of the oldest temples in Bhubaneswar. Built in honor of Lord Shiva, the outer walls of the temple are adorned with carvings of Lord Ganesh, Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Lord Muruga and other Hindu Gods. The one thousand Lingas in the north-west corner of the temple are the most magnificent identity and uniqueness.

 

Wildlife

 

The Nandankanan: The Nandankanan sanctuary is home to a rare variety of white tigers, elephants, crocodiles, sambar, deer and other species of birds. The sanctuary also houses a botanical garden and zoo. Apart from this, the sanctuary has a reptile park and nocturnal house. People who are in love with adventure can bask boating, ropeway and tiger & lion safari. Numerous travelers who are on their Odisha tour makes it a point to visit the famous Nandankanan sanctuary.

 

Historical Sites

 

Udayagiri and Khandagiri: : Located on the hilltop of the Kumara Parvat, the Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves are one of the major attraction sites in Bhubaneswar. Built during the reign of a Jaina ruler from the Cheddi dynasty named as Kharavela the sight was once abode of Jaina monks. Built in the 2nd century the total number of caves at this historical sight is 33. While Udayagiri has a total of 18 caves, Khandagiri comprises 15 caves. The largest cave among all is the “Ranigumpha” meaning “the queen cave” which is a double storey cave. Hathigumpha, vyaghragumpha, sarpagumpha and tatowagumpha are some of the other prominent caves here. Most of the caves are adorned with drawings of women, geese carrying flowers, athletes and elephants. Moreover one can also find some inscriptions written by King Kharavela.

 

State Museum: The state museum is a best place to witness the rich heritage, culture and tradition of Odisha. One can find numerous coins, potteries, copper plates, stone inscriptions, anthropological specimen, armors, paintings and many such items of the medieval and ancient period.

 

Picnic spots

 

Parks: Some of the notable parks worthy a visit and where you can bask out a picnic under the sunlight are Nico Park, Nehru Park, Forest Park, Ekamara Kanan and Satsandvihar Park.

 

 

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