Lingaraj Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. And it is one of the oldest temples in Bhubaneswar and famous for its splendid architecture. The temple compound is filled with numerous small temples. The camera and electric gadgets are not allowed inside, hence photos can’t be captured.
The 6th day started with visiting temples in and around Bhubaneswar city. We feel, Bhubaneswar is a city of temples. Every street and every two kilometres of ride one will hit a temple. All temples are made with Kalinga type architecture. After visiting the temples, we felt that all these temples may be a prototypes prior to built Lord Jagannath's temple and Sun Konark temple. Some are beautifully decorated where in some are semi finished and some are just blank. The carvings measures to as small as a inch to multiple feet. It is amazing to explore and witness the similarities of design and patterns. I will post about this in detail soon. Lingaraj Temples has beautiful stone carvings and the deity is so unique. It is true representation of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Both of the vaganas are also represented in an unique way. The temple premises has 108 lingas. First time we witnessed Lord Karthikeya (Lord Murugan in South India - brother of Lord Ganapathy). And single leg Kalabirava is also unique at this temple. Mahaprasad is worth trying. It is truly delicious.
Lingaraj Temple - This is one of the oldest Shiva temples in India. Maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India, this temple is worth visiting - for believers and non-believers alike because of the beautiful architecture. Pro tip : Phones and cameras are not allowed inside. So keep it outside in one of the shops.
Next on the way was Lingaraja Temple built in the same architectural line to Jagannath temple with the same temple rooms. The deity here is Lord Shiva. And again photography is not allowed.
Lingaraj TempleIt is the largest Shiva temple in Odisha. Not just the largest but it is one of the most beautiful temples I have ever been too. The design is intricate and unique.Even if you are an atheist I suggest you to visit this temple only for its design.