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Lingaraj Temple, a major tourist attractions of the state of Odisha. The temple dedicated to Harihara, a form of Shiva and is one of the oldest temples and the largest temple in Bhubaneswar.
The Assembly hall sanctum and temple tower were built during the eleventh centure, while the Hall of offering ) was built during the twelfth century. some parts of the temple have been there since the sixth century. Bhubaneswar is called the Ekamra Kshetra as the deity of Lingaraj was originally under a mango tree as noted in Ekamra Purana.
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. This temple is basically made up of four parts, namely the main temple, the 'Yajna Shala', the 'Bhoga Mandap' and the 'Natya Shala'. Along with Lord Shiva, it also enshrines Lord Vishnu, in the form of Saligramam idol. The main gates of the temple have Lord Shiva’s Trishul on one side and Lord Vishnu’s Chakra on the other. Built in the traditional Kalinga style of architecture,
The main entrance is located in the east, while there are small entrances in the north and south. The high walls of Lingaraja temple, that have been made by using solid red sandstones, lend it the look of a fortress, when viewed from outside.
Shivaratri festival is the major festival celebrated in the temple and thousands of devotees visit the temple that time. An underground river originating from the Lingaraj temple fills the Bindusagar Tank (meaning ocean drop) and the water is believed to heal physical and spiritual illness.
Lord lingaraj temple is conveniently located in old Bhubaneswar which is called as “Old town”. It is 3 kms away from the airport and 5 kms away from main Railway station. It is half a Kilometre away from Bhubaneswar-Puri main road and five kilometers away from main bus stand. A no. of town bus runs between temple and other places and one can also reach near the temple by autorickshaw from any place of Bhubaneswar.
By Air: Bjiu Patnaik Airport.
By Train: Bhubaneswar is the headquarters of the East coast of the Railway Division.
By Road: The city has good private and public bus service that runs on the state and national highway.