Bhubaneswar, the ancient and historic town, capital of Odisha, situated on the bank of the Kuakhai River. It is also popularly known as the “The Temple City of India”. The word Bhubaneshwar which means the “Lord of the Universe”. The name is derived from the Tribhubneswar means Lord of all three world; it is also popular as Ekamra Kshetra. This town is best known for hosting the Car Festival, Ratha Jatra which gathers flocks of devotees from Odisha and the surroundings.

Ram Mandir, in the heart of Bhubaneswar, near Kharavel Nagar, Janpath, is a beautiful shrine dwelling image of Lord Rama, Lord Lakshmana & Sita Goddess.

Lingaraj Temple is devoted to Lord Shiva, the lingam is 8 feet in diameter and is lifted 8 inches above the ground.

Rajarani Temple is 11th century Hindu Temple and it is believed to have been known as ‘Indreswar’. Temple is aesthetically endearing and sculpted with graceful feminine figures.

Mukhteshwara Temple is smallest and most compact temple in bhubaneswar. However, it’s famous for its exquisite stone archway and ceiling with eight petal lotus inside its porch. A number of carved images appear for the first time in temple architecture.

Brahmeshwar Temple was built by reigning king’s mother in honor of deity Brahmeshwar (a form of Lord Shiva). It is 60 feet tall and iron beams were used in the temple’s construction. In addition, another first in temple iconography were the musicians and dancers that appear on the temple walls.

Vaital Deul Temple that belongs to the 8th century AD is situated close to the Bindu Sarovar cistern. The goddess which houses this shrine is Shakti which is adorned with garland of skulls around her neck, holding weapons in her arms and flanked by a jackal and an owl. The temple is a famous temple as it was the first temple to depict erotic carvings on the temple walls. The exterior wall of the temple is plain whilst the interior wall is fully decorated.



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