Lingaraj Temple, Orissa

Lingaraj Temple

One of the oldest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lingaraj Temple represents a fascinating blend of incredible craftsmanship and Oriyan style of Architecture. With Yayati Kesari initiating the constructing of this temple, its history is believed to date back to 7th century. Enclosed within strong walls, this 147 feet high structure is surrounded by a number of ancient shrines.

Tourists can get a glimpse of the building principles of Kalinga architecture school in this temple. Historians believe that Bindu Saras Lake was created to quench Parvati’s thirst, therefore this temple was built adjacent to it. Spread over an area of 25000 sq. ft, main entrance of the temple lies in the east. The Lingaraj temple is well known for its exquisite carvings and excellent workmanship.

One of the major attractions of the temple remains the 2.5 meter high Lingam. Beautiful carvings are present in the Parvati Temple which is located in the vicinity and is famous for serving meals to 51 underprivileged people and 51 priests every day.

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