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  • 15 March, 2021

  • 2 Min Read

Lingaraja Temple

  • Lingaraja Temple is a Hindu temple in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
  • The temple is believed to be built by the kings from the Somavamsi dynasty, with later additions from the Ganga rulers.
  • The temple is a classic example of the Kalinga style of architecture.
  • The temple is built in the Deula style that has four components namely, vimana (structure containing the sanctum), jagamohana (assembly hall), natamandira (festival hall) and bhoga-mandapa (hall of offerings), each increasing in height compared to its predecessor.
  • The harmony between the two sects of Hinduism, Shaivism, and Vaishnavism, is seen where the deity is worshipped as Harihara, a combined form of Vishnu and Shiva.

Source: TH

  • 12 March, 2021

  • 5 Min Read

Lingaraja Temple

Lingaraja Temple

  • Lingaraja Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva and is one of the oldest temples in Bhubaneswar.

  • The Lingaraja temple is the largest temple in Bhubaneswar.
  • The temple represents the quintessence of the Kalinga architecture.
  • The temple is believed to be built by the kings from the Somavamsi dynasty, with later additions from the Ganga rulers.
  • Lingaraj is referred to as ‘Swayambhu” – self-originated Shivling.
  • Another important aspect of the temple is that it signifies the syncretisation of Shaivism and Vaishnavism sects in Odisha.
  • Perhaps the rising cult of Lord Jagannath (considered an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) which coincided with the completion of the Lingaraja Temple had a role to play.
  • The presiding deity in the Temple is known as Hari-Hara; Hari denotes Lord Vishnu and Hara meaning Lord Shiva.
  • The temple is out of bounds for non-Hindus.
  • The other attraction of the temple is the Bindusagar Lake, located in the north side of the temple.
  • On the western banks of Bindusagar, lies the garden of Ekamra Van named after the Hindu mythological texts where Bhubaneswar the capital city of Odisha was referred as Ekamra Van or a forest of a single mango tree.

Components of Lingaraj temple

  • The temple is built in the Deula style that has four components namely, vimana (structure containing the sanctum), jagamohana (assembly hall), natamandira (festival hall) and bhoga-mandapa (hall of offerings), each increasing in the height to its predecessor.

Other Important Monuments in Odisha

    • Konark Sun Temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
    • Jagannath Temple
    • Tara Tarini Temple
    • Udaygiri and Khandagiri Caves

Source: TH


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