Lingaraja Temple




The Lingaraja temple is said to have been built first by the ruler Yayati Kesari in the 7th century who shifted his capital from Jaipur to Bhubaneshwar.

Structurally, the Parasurameswara temple at Bhubaneshwar is the oldest, dating back to the middle of the 8th century, and the Lingaraja is temple is assigned to the 10th century. The Nata mandir and the Bhog mandir of the Lingaraja temple are of later origin.


Legend has it that Shiva revealed to Parvati that Bhubaneshwar - or ‘Ekamra Thirtha’ was a resort favoured by him over Benares. Parvati in the guise of a cowherd woman, decided to look at the city herself. Two demons Kritti and Vasa desired to marry her. She requested them to carry her upon their shoulders, and crushed them under her weight. Shiva, then created the Bindu Saras lake to quench her thirst, and took abode here as Krittivasas or Lingaraja.

Architectural Brief

The Lingaraja temple is located in a spacious courtyard covering over 250000 sq feet and is bounded by fortified walls. Its tower rises up to 180 feet and is elaborately carved. It is about a thousand years old. Bhubaneshwar, Konarak and Puri constitute the Golden triangle of Orissa, visited in large numbers by pilgrims and tourists.

Festivals Observed

The chariot festival- Ratha-Yatra of Lingaraja is celebrated annually on Ashokashtami. The idols of lord Jagannath is taken in a chariot to Rameshwara Deula temple. A large number of devotees follow and pull brightly decorated chariots containing the idols of Lingaraja and his sister Rukmani.

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