About Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar
- Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, which is one of the oldest temples of Bhubaneswar, capital city of Indian state of Orissa, India.
- Lingaraj means King of Lingam, meaning the deity to worship in this temple is Lord Shiva.
- Lingaraj temple is the most famous landmark in the city of Bhubaneswar and is one of the main tourist attractions in the Indian state of Odisha.
- It was built by King Jajati Keshari in the 10th Century and completed by King Lalatendu Keshari in the 11th Century.
History of Lingaraj Temple
- According to some accounts, the Lingaraj temple Bhubaneswar is believed to have been built during the 11th century by the Somavanshi King Jajati Keshari (1025-1040). It is known that, when Jaipur King of the 11th century moved the capital to Bhubaneshwara, he started a road trip of building Lingaraj temple. Lingaraj Temple is the masterpiece of Indian Architecture because of its plans, designs, workmanship, joints, etc., and also because of the religious importance, it is one of the major tourist destinations of Bhubaneshwar.
About Lingaraj Temple Lingam
- The Lingam is 8 inches tall from floor, with 8 feet in diameter, Lingaraj Temple Bhubaneswar is one of the largest and oldest temples of Bhubaneshwar, which is also mentioned in Brahma Puran. The 55-metre tall tower-shaped temple was built by king Jajati Kesari in 7th century, and is said to have the shape of the Shiva Lingam appearing naturally there — the Swambhu Shivlinga. It is said that when construction of temple was nearing its completion, Jagannath worship started taking form, this fact has been proved with the testimony that here, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are worshipped in the Lingaraj Temple. Perhaps, a rising cult of Lord Jagannath (considered to be the avatar of Lord Vishnu) coinciding with the completion of the Lingaraj Temple has its own role.
Ho to Reach Lingaraj Temple Bhubaneswar
- If you are going by air then you have to fly to Biju Pattnaik International Airport Bhubaneswar. From there the temple is 4 km. far. And you can opt bus from there to travel the rest of the distance.
- If you are going by train you have to go to Bhubaneswar (BBS) Railway Station. from there the temple is 4 km. far. And you can easily reach the temple.
- If you are going by road you have to go for Bhubaneswar and from there you can easily reach the temple.