Best Places to Visit in Bhubaneshwar
Bhubaneswar is an ancient city in the North-East of India, named after the supreme god ‘Lord Shiva’. Popular for its opulent architecture and magnificent temples.
Places to visit in Bhubaneshwar:
The oldest and largest temple of Bhubaneswar city, Lingaraj Temple is dedicated to Tribhubaneswar (Lord of Three Worlds). The temple is said to have been built in the 11th century by King Jajati Keshari, but a reference to it has been made in the ancient Hindu scripture called ‘Brahma Purana’.
Located around 290 kilometers from the city, Hirakud Dam is built across the mighty Mahanadi River in Sambalpur, Odisha. It is a popular tourist spot in Bhubaneswar as it is the longest man-made dam in the world and one of the earliest river valley projects of India. It was constructed in 1956 to control the devastating floods and droughts in the Mahanadi River Basin.
The small temple is ornately decorated with sculptures of many Hindu gods like Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Goddess Parvati, animals, and several floral motifs. The mythological scenes carved on the outer walls of the shrine are a testament to its antiquity. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is worshipped as Parasurameswar.
The Bindu Sarovar or Bindu Sagar is a water tank which is believed to be sacred by Hindus. This tank is surrounded by a number of temples and lies in the vicinity of the Lingaraj Temple.
The Brahmeshwara Temple is yet another relic of the brilliance of Oriyan style of architecture. Built in the 11th century, this temple is surrounded by four smaller shrines.
Udaygiri and Khandagiri caves
The Udaygiri and Khandagiri caves are both partially natural and artificial. Built around 1st century BC by the Chedi Dynasty, there are many ancient Jain temples and monasteries in these 33 caves of various sizes. The intricate stone carvings done by the Kalinga artisans can be seen on the walls of these relics. These caves are famous places in Bhubaneswar.
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