Bhubaneswar, The Temple city of India has the number of temples devoted to all Hindu divinity, Bhubaneswar the state capital renowned for being a city of temples because there are more than 700 of them, makes Bhubaneswar top tourist destination in the state of Odisha. Here are the 5 must see temple in Bhubaneswar.
#1 Lingaraja Temple
This temple is considered as the rich temple architecture of Odisha. It dominates the city Bhubaneswar called as one of the oldest temples in the temple city. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is the landmark of Bhubaneswar and one of the major tourist attraction in the state.
Lingaraj temple is the longest time in the Bhubaneswar, The central tower of the temple is 180ft ( 50 ) mt Long. This temple was built in 11th century CE by Jajati Keshari.
Shivaratri festival is the major festival event celebrated in the lingaraj temple. Around 200,000 visitors come to this temple this day.
Nearby places to see: Dhauli (10 km.) and Rajarani Temple (5 km.).
Opening Timings: 5:00 am to 9:00 pm (All days of the week)
#2 Mukteshwar Temple
It is a 10th-century Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. The temple dates back to 950–975 CE and is a monument of importance in the study of the development of Hindu temples in Odisha.
The stylistic development the Mukteswar marks the culmination of all earlier developments and initiates a period of the experiment which continues for an entire century, as seen in such temples as the Rajarani Temple and Lingaraj temple, both located in Bhubaneswar. It is one of the prominent tourist attractions of the city.
Mukteshwar Dance Festival
The Mukteshwar Dance Festival is a surreal and boisterous 3-day celebration that takes places in the temple every year. Taking place in the month of January or February, this festival is celebrated with the mostly Odissi form of dance performances by locals and famous artists. It is usually coupled with a number of musical performances as well.
Best Time To Visit Mukteshwar Temple
The winter months of October to February are the best time to visit Bhubaneswar in general, and also since the Mukteshwar dance festival takes place during this time. Summer in Bhubaneswar usually has uncomfortable and scorching heat. The temple is open from 7 am to 7 pm on all days of the week.
#3 RAJARANI TEMPLE
The Rajarani Temple makes a distinct stamp of evolutionary progress in the Odisha temple architecture. The temple facing east consists of a Deula and a jgamohan. The jagmohan is a pidha temple and the arrangement of the pidha is having a resemblance to those of the Mukteswar.
The Rajarani Temple was constructed in the beginning (1006-1023 AD ) of the 11th century. The name is believed to be derived from a particular variety of sand-stone called Rajarani as of which the temple is made. Its magnificent sculptures are similar to that of the Mukteswar and Lingaraj. It is situated in the large garden, liked by the visitors because of the setting sun forms a dramatic backdrop to the temple.
This place is located on the way to puri near the Ravi Talkies square connected by the Tankapani Road, Bhubaneswar.
Rajarani music festival, one of the well-known celebrations of Odisha features the culture of Indian traditional music, celebrated on the premises of the temple in every year.
Nearby famous places to visit: Lingaraj Temple (2 km.) and Mukteshwar Temple (7 km.)
Opening Timings: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (All days of the week)
Entry fees: Rs 5 (Indian); Rs 100 (Foreigner)
#4 Brahmeswara Temple
Brahmeswara Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, erected at the end of the 9th century CE, is richly carved inside and out.
This Hindu temple can be dated with fair accuracy by the use of inscriptions that were originally on the temple. They are now lost, but records of them preserve the information of around 1058 CE.
The temple is built in the 18th regnal year of the Somavamsi king Udyotakesari by his mother Kolavati Devi, which corresponds to 1058 CE.
Opening Timings: 6:30 am to 5:00 pm (All days of the week)
#5 Yogini Temple
Temple is located in Hirapur, around 15 kilometers east of Bhubaneshwar, it’s well worth making the effort to visit it.
The temple has 64 stone yogini goddess figures carved on its inside walls, representing the 64 forms of the diving mother created to drink the blood of demons. The yogini cult believed that worshiping the 64 goddesses and the goddess Bhairavi would give them supernatural powers.
The temple is believed to be built by the Queen Hiradevi of Bramha dynasty during the 9th century.