Bhubaneswar in Odisha is renowned as the temple city of India. Its majestic architecture and grand temples are worth cherishing. This ancient city lets you understand the deeply rooted religions of India followed by the locals here with all their heart. The city today stands as a thriving tourism hub and remains a classic exemplar of Odiya culture.
TheLingaraj Temple is a matchless example of Kalinga Architectural style built in red sandstone. The temple was raised in the 11th century. It looks grand with around 50 shrines of diverse sizes. These temples have been dedicated to various Hindu deities and hold great significance among pilgrims. The temple structure is dominated by the 55 m elevated spire.
Just 3 km from Lingaraja Temple rests the Brahmeswara Temple which is another Hindu temple of the city. It is a great place to unearth the heritage of Orissa. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is raised in a courtyard with four other temples. The history of this temple goes back to 11th century and it flaunts a beautiful traditional Kalinga architecture style. Do explore the artistic sculptures displayed here part from exquisite carvings of Lord Shiva.
Parasurameswara Temple belongs to 650 A.D and stands as an impressive specimen of Oriyan style of architecture. The most stunning feature of the temple is its one thousand lingas standing in the north-west corner of the complex. Visitors can see gorgeous carvings of Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati here. The detailed work of these sculptures shows the grandeur of that era.
Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves are popular gems of Odisha tourism around 6km east of the city of Bhubaneswar. These twin caves are partly natural and partly artificial. Udayagiri has 18 caves whereas the Khandagiri has 15. The caves feature certain blocks where you can spot Brahmi inscriptions.
For a bag full of flora and fauna visit the very beautiful Nandankanan Zoological Park. It is a zoo as well as botanical garden. �Nestling with verdant green forest, the zoo houses some exotic species of animals and birds. White tigers are extremely popular here. In total it is home to 634 mammals, 134 reptiles and 812 birds.
Rajarani Temple is located in the north-east of Lingaraja Temple in Bhubaneshwar. Raised in 11th century CE, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and flaunts impressive sculptures, ornaments, scroll work and architectural features. The temple surprises visitors with its erotic carvings of women and couples and holds great historic significance. The temple flaunts pancha ratha style.