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Lingaraja Temple

November 7, 2017

Lingaraja Temple : It is a Hindu Temple which is 1100 years old

Hearing much about milling crowds (of day tour pilgrims) and warned of being accosted by pandas at every step, we chose to visit the temple late in the evening. There was no queue at all and we could go right in within 2-3 minutes. There were pandas along the way but none pestered us.We could see the sanctum sanatorium from outside a side door with the linga not visible - we would have to come during the day and get into long queues to have a real "darshan" - but that was fine with us, not being very religious minded.The atmosphere was serene and soothing. Even at night, we could get an idea of the intricate sculpture on the temple. There is a mind boggling array of small temples on the premises other (than of lingaraj deity or linga - which we could not see as mentioned above - representing Lords Shiva as well as Vishnu) gods and goddesses, each with intricate sculpture on it.
A must visit place even for a non- religious minded Bhubaneswar visitor. For someone not averse to queueing up with pilgrims, a day visit is recommended to see the sculptural glory at its best.This is a very large temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated within a large premises, there are many other smaller shrines surrounding the main Lingaraj temple.
There is a free shoe stand and locker stand for mobiles and cameras just outside the temple as these are not allowed inside.Auto-rickshaws and buses are easily available to the venue. But beware of the priests who pester us right from the taxi stand to get some puja done. But they also double up as guides and its good to hire them as a guide.Early mornings and early evenings, one is allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum for offering puja to the main deity. Drinking water facility available within the temple premises. A must visit on a trip to Bhubaneshwar.It's one of the Ancient Temple..his ancient temple has also been referred in the Brahma Purana, a Hindu scripture. Not less than 1000 years old, the present structure of the temple was built in the 11th century. However, there are many parts that are acknowledged to date back the 6th century. Lingaraj Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is considered as the destroyer as per the Hindu thoughts. 

The Lingaraja temple is the largest and oldest temple in Bhubaneswar. Located at Bhubaneswar.The central tower of the temple is 180 ft (55 m) tall. The temple is built in the Deula style that has four components namely,1. The Garbh Griha, 2.The Yajna Shala, 3.The Bhoga Mandap and 4. The Natya Shala respectively. The term ’Lingaraj’ suggests ’the king of Lingas’, where ’linga’ is the phallic form of Lord Shiva. Lingaraj Temple was built by the King Jajati Keshari, who belonged to Soma Vansh .One can easily reach Lingaraj Temple by taking local buses or by hiring Taxis from the city of Bhubaneshwar.

This is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu and is one of the oldest temples in Bhubaneswar, Oddisa. Lingraj temple oldest and beautiful architecture. 
Largest temple in Bhubneshwar having 55 mtr. In height, around temple small temple of other Hindu God and Godees situated. All the temple built by sandstone. The Lingaraj Temple attracts lakhs of devotees every year, especially during Shivaratri. 

 

What Our Guests Say about it is as follows
 

Bhubaneswar-Lingaraja Temple

Its awesome Temple complex , We have been informed by Guide , that the temple sitting top of 108 linga's ,that's the reasons its called Lingaraja and also Its born from the land Swayambhu (Bhumi + Eswara= Bhubaneswar) its has got Shiva and Vishnu (In the Centre of the Linga) , so its called- Harihara, The temple complex has got small small temples for all gods, including Yama Dharmaraja , its best recommended to visits during day time, to explore the beauty and also access/reach to all temples inside the complex.


Lord shiva of Lingaraj

Lingaraj temple is sictuated in the capital of odisha i.e at Bhubaneswar. It is a mythological place. Here the Hindu ditty Lord Shiva is worshipped. It is built in the 1200 century by the king Jajati keshari. It's height is about 67 meter ,it also one of the highest temple of the state. It is a place where all are eagerly visited because of it's construction. The construction is unforgettable and historical. The temple is totally made by black stone. 


Architectural Marvel of India

Bhubaneswar is called the Ekamra Kshetra as the deity of Lingaraj was originally under a mango tree (Ekamra). Ekamra Purana, a Sanskrit treatise of the 13th century mentions that the presiding deity was not seen as lingam (an aniconic form of Shiva) during the Satya and Treta yugas and only during the Dwapara and Kali Yuga , it emerged as a lingam. 
The lingam in the temple is a natural unshaped stone that rests on a Sakti. Such a lingam is called Krutibasa or Swayambhu and is found in 64 places in different parts of India. With the advent of the Ganga dynasty in the early 12th century, who had Vaishnavaite orientation, a new movement started resulting in the synthesis of Saivism and Vaishnavism . The Lingaraja temple faces east and is built of sandstone and laterite. The main entrance is located in the east, while there are small entrances in the north and south. The temple is built in the Deula style that has four components namely, vimana (structure containing the sanctum), jagamohana (assembly hall), natamandira (festival hall) and bhoga-mandapa (hall of offerings), with all four in axial alignment with descending height. 
The dance hall was associated with the raising prominence of the devadasi system that existed during the time. The various units from the Hall of offering to the tower of the sanctum increase in height.As per some accounts, the temple is believed to have been built by the Somavanshi king Yayati I (1025-1040), during the 11th century CE. Jajati Keshari shifted his capital from Jajpur to Bhubaneswar which was referred to as Ekamra Kshetra in the Brahma Purana, an ancient scripture. One of the Somavamsi queens donated a village to the temple and the Brahmins attached to the temple received generous grants. An inscription from the Saka year 1094 (1172 CE) indicates gifts of gold coins to the temple by Rajaraja II. Another inscription of Narasimha I from the 11th century indicates offer of beetel leaves as tambula to the presiding deity. Other stone inscriptions in the temple indicate royal grants from Chodaganga to the nearby village people.The Lingaraja temple faces east and is built of sandstone and laterite. The main entrance is located in the east, while there are small entrances in the north and south. The temple is built in the Deula style that has four components namely, vimana (structure containing the sanctum), jagamohana (assembly hall), natamandira (festival hall) and bhoga-mandapa (hall of offerings), with all four in axial alignment with descending height.
Three beautiful statues of Lord Ganesha, Lord Krishna and Maa Shakti adorn the three sides of the main Garbha Griha and all of them are curved out of black stone.
The Lingaraj temple is the largest temple in Bhubaneswar. The temple has a vast courtyard mired with hundreds of small shrines. All of the temples are architectural masterpieces of ancient Indian Temple Architechture and represents a tremendous cultural unison extended from North to south and West to east of Indian subcontinent. 

 

To begin with, you need not be the biggest devotees to visit this temple. If visiting ancient structures and temples attract you, this is the place to be at. The temple complex is huge and you would really find it peaceful if you go there during the morning hours and non-rush hours. 
If you are going by your own car or two wheeler, there is a defined parking space that will charge Rs5 for two wheelers and I guess Rs10 for four wheelers. The parking space is right opposite the temple gate. You would not be allowed to enter the temple with your shoes on, so either keep them inside the car or keep them at the stand that will charge Rs 5 per pair. The temple thankfully is not commercialized and you have the liberty of choosing the puja thali easily without getting pushed by the pandas. Catch hold of a panda who can help you offer your prayings with the help of hymns and mantras. These pandas or priests do not have any demand of fees. You pay them anything between 25-100 and they would be satisfied beyond expectation. Do not forget to get some 'kora khoi' from the shops located inside the temple premises before you leave the temple complex. Kora khoi is nothing but puffed rice cooked in jaggery. It is a sweet thing and used to be the main ingredient for offering your puja to lord shiva earlier. If you are travelling anytime between March to October, try visiting during early hours as that will save your bare feet from the scorching burns that the stony floor inside the temple premises would give you.

 

If you are visiting Puri or Bhubhaneshwar then you must take time out to visit the two most famous temples that is Jagannath temple in Puri and Lingaraja temple in Bhubhaneshwar. This is one of the temples where active worship takes place so non-Hindus are not allowed, though one can view the temple complex from a viewing platform outside. As mobile phones, cameras, leather articles, bags and shoes are not allowed you can leave them in your car parked in the complex outside or deposite them outside the temple complex. The temple is home to 100s of smaller shrines housed inside the temple complex apart from the main temple. The architecture belongs to the Kalinga period. The temple is made of sandstone and laterite. The Panda who was our guide was telling us that his daughter was going to receive a gold medal for her Phd. It can take a long time if you decide to visit all the temples in the compound. The flowers offered to the lord inside where very beautiful and the basket we picked contained these lovely purple flowers in a bel like fashion that I've not seen anywhere before. For believers this is a must visit place to receive blessings. We had a very nice visit that we will cherish. Since no cameras are allowed you can only take photographs from outside of from the viewing platform.

 

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