Orissa is peppered with numerous exquisitely carved temples, illuminated in the aura of splendid architecture, the most glamorous being the Sun Temple at Konark. Other holy destinations of Orissa encircle Lingaraj Temple at Bhubaneswar and Jagannath Temple at Puri which attract millions of pilgrims from all over the world. Pick up any holiday tour package, that suits your interests, and enjoy the vivacity of these exquisitely architectured temples and the sacredness associated with them.

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Lingaraj Temple

Deity : Lingaraja -Shiva

Lingaraj Temple is the biggest temple in Bhubaneswar. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is worship here as the Lingaraj or the King of the Linga. The temple structure stands a massive height of 180 feet and is surrounded by a seven feet thick colossal wall. According to archaeological experts the temple is one of the foremost heritage sites of the east. Amidst the temple complex are the three-temple structure of Jagamohana, Natamandir and Bhogamandapa, the spacious courtyard of the temple is throng with numerous shrines almost 100 in number. The plenitude of sculptural work in the temple dating back to 1014 AD is just as magnificent and attracts lot of tourist all the year round.

Ananta Vasudeva Temple

Deity: Lord Vishnu.

This ancient temple dates back to the 13th century and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It also enshrined images of Krishna, Balarama and Subhadra. It is located on the eastern bank of the Bindu Sarovar Lake. The main temple structure stands on an even platform - unique in itself, as it is the first of its kind. The images of Jagamohana, the Natamandira and the Bhogamandapa are placed in the three other main structure complexes.

Mukteswara Temple

Deity: Shiva

Dating back to 10th century, the Mukteswara temple is considered to be the lexicon of Orissa’s architecture offering a harmony of sculpture and architecture. The temple rises up to a height of 35 feet is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Jagamohana temple showcases the diamond shaped latticed windows and exquisite interior works with the plethora of sculptures all over the walls. Literally every inch of temple surface is carved out leaving its visitors absolutely awestruck. A massive gateway thronged with carved images and modeling is other attractions of the shrine.

Rajarani Temple

Deity- Shiva

Rajarani temple at Bhubaneswar is also one of the most notable monuments of the place. Dating back to AD 1100 the Rajarani Temple is set amidst the most scenic splendor of paddy fields. The temple derives its name from the stone known as the Rajarani, the sculptures and images at the temple site distinguish it from rest of the temples in Bhubaneswar. Here women are portrayed in a stunning variety of amorous poses and moods reminding one of the temples of Khajuraho.

Brahmeswara Temple

Deity- Brahmeshwara (Lord Shiva)

Brahmeswara displays venerable architectural style and a perfect creativity of artists. Here the characteristic of Orissa’s architecture is fully exercised. Brahmeswar temple is among the earliest temples where iron beams were used in its construction. It is also called a pancha-ratha temple with five coat plasters that give the structure almost a rounded appearance.

Jagannath Temple

Deities: Jagannath, Subhadra, Balabhadra

Puri is one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in Orissa and in India. The Jagannath Temple is the loftiest religious edifice of Orissa also known as the White Pagoda that dates back to the 12th century. According to inscriptions found, the Chodaganga ruler had began the construction of this massive structure and later on Ananagabhimadev III one of his successors added the Jagamohan temple to its complex.

Jagannath temple with a massive height of 215 feet 8 inches is huge and strong and stands on a high platform consisting of about 22 huge steps. The architectural splendor of the temple is beyond description, it is typical of ancient Hindu architecture. Puri City is also famous for its chariot festival or the Rath Yatra, which attracts thousands of pilgrims as well as tourist worldwide.

Konark Temple

Deity : Surya

The Sun Temple at Konark with its bizarre location on the windy sands of the Bay of Bengal fringed with palm trees is just awe-inspiring. The temple dates back to 13th century and is dedicated to Suryadeva or Sun God. This temple massive in scale is considered to be the masterpiece of Orissa’s architecture. In its original form the temple was 235 feet high. The uniqueness of the temple lies in its structural layout, it is constructed in a chariot form drawn by twelve pairs of huge wheels and seven spirited horses.

The temple is profusely sculptured with exquisite figures and images showcasing the Kalingan style of art. The erotic sculptures, human beings indulging in diverse day to day activities, huge animal figures like elephants, beasts and birds, life size images of maidens dancing on musical instruments in erotic forms brings an elegance and charm to the Konark temple.

Leaning Temple

Deities: Bimaleswar.

Located about 32 km from Sambalpur, on the bank of the River Mahanadi, the famous Leaning temple is dedicated to Lord Bimaleswar. It has a picturesque environ surrounded by pristine blue water of tranquil river that yields of a environment of numerous fish species, but be cautious you cannot touch them since popular belief has it that the fishes belong to Lord. Bimaleswar. The place makes an excellent tourist spot and every year thousands of visitors make their day here. There is no accurate reason as to what purports the leaning of the tower. However researchers and analysts state that the lack of strength or the displacement at the plinth to structure to be the reason for the same.

The number of temples doesn't ends here infact there are countless shrines in the temple city of Orissa that are equally famous and unique.--Satrughaneswar Temple - Bhubaneswar Swarnajaleswar Temple - Bhubaneswar Sari Deul Temple - Bhubaneswar Yameswar Temple - Bhubaneswar Yogini Temple - Bhubaneswar and much more.

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