Lingaraja Temple Bhubaneshwar

Lingaraja Temple Bhubaneshwar History, Timings

Lingaraja Temple Bhubaneshwar History

From the inscriptions, it is known that this temple was built during the reign of Yayati Kesari in 7th century AD. This temple was later renovated by Kalinga Bhupati during 13th Century AD.

As per the Legend, Siva once said that Bhubaneshwar (Ekamra Tirtha) stands next to Varanasi. Goddess Parvati in the form of a cowherd started grazing the cattle near this Tirtha. Two demons Kriti and  Vasa wanted to marry Parvati. She asked them to carry on their shoulders. She then crushed them to the ground with her power. Lord Siva created Bindu Sagar Saras to fulfil the thirst of Goddess Parvati. He then self-manifested here as Lingaraja. Bindu Sagar Saras Pushkarini was built in the 9th Century. It is believed that taking a holy dip in this Pushkarini will get similar benefits of Ganga in Varanasi. Water from this Pushkarini will be used for Abhishek.

This is Padal Peeda Kshetra, where offerings will be made for the ancestors. The temple Gopura is of 180 ft height.

Temple will be thronged with the devotees during Sivaratri festival dates. Viswa Santhi Yagna will be performed during Sivaratri. The temple architecture reflects the Kalinga construction style. There are 108 shrines in the temple complex. Ratha Yatra, Chandan Yatra will be performed during Sivaratri festival dates. Damodar Alankar during Kartheeka Month. The deity will be decorated in Nagaraj Alankar for Naga Chaturthi.

Lingaraja Temple Bhubaneshwar Entry

Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple for main Deity Darshan.

Not allowed: Shoes, Sandals, Leather Articles, Outside Food, Intoxicant, Camera, Umbrella, Mobile Phone, Arms and Weapons, Explosives.

How to reach Lingaraja Temple Bhubaneshwar?

By Air

  1. The nearest airport is at Bhubaneswar which is 5 km away.

By Train

  1. The nearest railway station is Bhubaneswar which is 4.4 km away. The direct train is available from all parts of the country.

By Road

  1. The direct bus available from Bus station to Temple on a regular basis.

Lingaraja Temple Bhubaneshwar Images

Reference Link: History