Lingaraja Temple, Bhubaneswar, Khordha

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 one of the famous temple in Bhubaneswar