Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves

Best Tourist Places to visit in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar is the capital city of Odisha which belongs to the Khordha district. It is more famous for many temples that have been built here from the 7th century to the 14th century AD. All temples have specific sculptural beauty and hoary antiquities with historical and architectural importance. Beautiful temples like Khandagiri, Udayagiri caves, Dhauligiri, Lingaraja Temple, Rani Gumpha, Parsurameswara Temple, Dhauli Shanti Stupa, Shikhar Chandi Temple, Mukteswara Temple, Swarnajaleswara Temple, Bramheswara Temple, Bhaskareswar Temple, Rameshwar Temple, Iskcon Jagannath Temple, Rajarani Temple, Jaleswar Temple, Lakshmaneshwar Temple, Akhadachandi Temple, Kedara Gouri Temple, Vishnu Temple, Tirtheswara Temple, Bhubaneswari Temple, Sri Ram Mandir, Lakhyeswara Temple, Sureswara Mahadeva Temple, Jayadev Vatika, Jhumka Dam and Sisupalagarh Fort are more’ attractive to visitors than other temples in Odisha for their rich architectural and archaeological heritage. Bhubaneswar is the capital of the state of Odisha is known as the Temple City of India

Nandankanan is another sight that attracts visitors to the Zoological Park, Botanical garden and a lake thereon. Ekamra Haat, Handicrafts Textile market, State museum, Market building, Big Bazar and Pantaloon are the place of attraction. Moreover, the Tribal Museum and Regional Museum of Bhubaneswar have a natural history in Odisha. The world shoppers’ destinations. Ekamra Kanan and Regional Resource Centre are other avenues that catch specific interests and tastes of the various cross-section of tourists. There are many tourist places and famous temples in Bhubaneswar city. It is world-famous for its large number of temples in the city of Bhubaneswar.

Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves

Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves are situated on two adjacent hills at Khandagiri in the smart city Bhubaneswar. The caves of Udayagiri and Khandagiri are called Lena in the Hathigumpha inscription. The famous inscription of emperor Kharavela in Hatigumpha’s wonderful sculptures on the walls of Rani Gumpha at Udayagiri and the Huge statue of Mahavir on Khandagiri hills are worth seeing. All of those reminders of the golden period of Odisha under some of the greatest rulers of history. Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves is a tourist destination in Bhubaneswar, Khordha district, Visitors and Jainism saints from all over the state come to visit here.

 Khandagiri is the highest among the other hills being 133 feet high and Udaygiri is only 110 feet high. The Nilgiris are a small hill called the Nilgiris near Khandagiri. There are 15 caves in Khandagiri and 18 caves in Udayagiri, which witness the Jainism in Odisha during the medieval period. The caves were meant for the residence of Jaina ascetics for their self-mortification. The caves of Khandagiri and Udayagiri are famous as the most popular Jain pilgrimage Centre in India.

Dhauli Shanti Stupa & Dhauligiri Hill

Dhauli hill is situated on the bank of river Daya, which marks the site of a famous historical event. The Kalinga war, which had caused immense bloodshed but subsequently changed the mind of Ashoka from Chandashoka to Dharmashoka. The earliest rock-cut Indian sculpture in the shape of a magnificent elephant out from a solid rock atop, the Ashoka rock edict at Dhauli and the peace pagoda built by the Japanese are among the major attractions.

Lingaraja Temple

Lingaraj Temple is situated in the old town of Bhubaneswar. It was built by the king Jajatikeshari in the 10th century AD. The main spine is 54 meters high (220 feet). Besides this, there is a pillared hall, a dancing hall (Nata Mandir) and a hall for offering Bhoga (Bhoga Mandap). The wall campus has 50 smaller shrines, including one dedicated to Goddess Parvati, which is the biggest temple in Bhubaneswar. This biggest temple presents the Kalinga type of architecture and the architectural activities at Bhubaneswar (only Hindus are allowed). Lord Lingaraj (great Saiva Linga) and Goddess Parvati are the presiding deities of this temple. Maha Sivaratri (Jagar Mela) in the month of Magha (Jan-Feb) and the Car festival on the day of Asokastami in Chaitra (March-April) are the main festival of Lord Lingaraj are observed with much pomp and ceremony. Lingaraja Temple is the Best temple in Bhubaneswar

Rajarani Temple

Rajarani temple is set in picturesque surroundings, famous for its intricate carvings of flora, animals and human figures. The sculptures represent Vaishnavism and Saivism on the body of the main temple. Besides this, the main temple contains the Siva, and his female counterpart is dancing with musical instruments. This temple was constructed during the 11th century AD. Raja Rani temple is one of the famous temples in Bhubaneswar

Ananta Basudev Temple

Ananta Vasudeva Temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu situated in Bhubaneswar. The temple was built in the 13th century AD. The three deities are worshipped in the main temple of Ananta, Basudev and Ekansa or Subhadra. The chambers are Jaga Mohan, Nata Mandap and Bhoga Mandap. Lord Ananta Basudev is the presiding deity of the temple. Now­ a-days, it is famous for the Prasad of Lord Ananta Basudev. The main temple stands on a cruciform platform having three chambers. Ananta Basudev Temple is one of the largest temples in Bhubaneswar.

Sisupalgarh Fort

Sisupalgarh Fort is situated 3 km away from Bhubaneswar on the bank of river Gangua. The place is renowned for its historical importance. The excavation works of Sishupalgarh contain ancient ruins belonging to a different civilisation. Nowadays there is nothing but a dilapidated surrounding wall, which reminds us that perhaps it was the capital of the king Sishupal Keshari. Sisupalgarh Fort is a tourist attraction places near Bhubaneswar.

Jayadev Pitha, Kenduvilwa, Khordha

Kenduli is originally known as Kenduvilwa is located in the Prachi Vally, 35 km away from Bhubaneswar on the bank of the never Kushabhadra. Kenduli was the birthplace of the great Sanskrit poet, musician and dance composer Jayadeva. His immortal work is Geeta Govinda which has become the main prop of Odissi dance. On the third day of the bright fortnight in the month of Baisakh Jayadeva’s birth anniversary is celebrated every year. 

The Lakshmi-Nrusimha temple and the image of Nrusimha carrying Lakshmi on his Lap are found on the southern side of the village. A small museum containing the old images and other archaeological finds unearthed from the nearby area has been maintained by the state archaeology. It is said Jayadev has attained “Siddhi” and composed a ‘Geeta Govinda’ where he worshipped Madhava at Niali which is situated at a distance of 25 km from Kenduvilwa village.