Shiva as Lord Lingaraj

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 in a walled compound, the Lingaraj is surrounded by many smaller shrines. The Lingaraj compound has another outstanding temple, dedicated to Parvati. Open only to Hindus, the Lingaraj temple is the site of a major Shivaratri festival in February-March, on the night preceding the new moon thousands of pilgrims light lamps in a nightlong ceremony of devotion.