Temple City Of India

Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa, is also popularly known as the "Temple City of India". Bhubaneswar is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre. Hundreds of temples dot the landscape of the Old Town, which once boasted of more than 2000 temples. Bhubaneswar is the place where temple building activities of Orissan style flowered from its very inception to its fullest culmination extending over a period of over one thousand years.

Attractions in Bhubaneswar, around and from Bhubaneswar

  • KHANDAGIRI AND UDAYGIRI CAVES Just 7 kms west of Bhubaneswar are the twin hills of Khandagiri and Udaygiri, the next major Orissan historical monument after Ashoka's rock-cut edict. The rocks of the Khandagiri and Udaygiri hills w

  • Lingaraj Temple Lingaraja Temple represents the peak of achievement in Orissas middle period. This temple is dedicated to Shiva as Lord Lingaraj. The 54m spire of the temple dominates the Bhubaneswar landscape. Set i

  • Mukteswar Temple The small and elegant Mukteswara temple is often referred to as the "miniature gem of Orissan architecture". The frequency with which the term 'gem' is employed will be immediately appreciated with th

  • Parsurameswara Temple This small temple shows the early stages of development of the two main Orissan temple components: the beehive-shaped tower (generally referred to as the deul ) and the porch in front of the tower (ge

  • Rajarani Temple Dating back to the eleventh century, is set in open paddy fields, and the entire structure exudes grace and elegance. The name of the temple has been the subject of much debate. The most likely explan

  • Vaital Temple The Vaital Temple (c. AD 800) belongs to the Khakhara order (a subdivision of the Kalinga school of architecture), which was used for shrines devoted to tantric cults. On the Vaital Temple, the outer