Bhubaneswar is the capital of Odisha State of India. Besides being the widest city in the state, it also has the important role in economic and religious aspects in Eastern India. It took place the previous capital, Cuttack, two years after India gained the independence from Britain, specifically on August 19th, 1949. Even so, both of them are well developed as metropolitan cities and even often called the twin cities of Odisha.
Bhubaneswar famous for
Bhubaneswar was actually founded in the 1st century BCE or probably earlier. Several dynasties also reined this area, leaving many important historical heritages including several names such as Kalinga Nagari, Toshali, and Mandira Malini Nagari.
Bhubaneswar the Temple City of India
As the temple city of India, temple sightseeing is a must thing to do when you visit Bhubaneswar. This place is even mentioned in the Mahabharata, under the reign of King Sisupala from the Chedi Kingdom. There are many temples with various size and designs depending on whom Hindu deities they were dedicated to. Besides the numbers, the temples in Bhubaneswar also have the perfect picture of Odiya culture.
There are over 500 temples with unique architectural look and finest finishing to be seen in Bhubaneswar, make it known as the city of the temple in India. If you have a short vacation time, at least you spend a little to explore:
This ancient temple is the largest one in Bhubaneswar, was constructed in the 11th century AD and a sample of finest Kalinga style architecture. There are about 50 shrines in different sizes dedicated to Hindu deities, but primarily, it was to deliver the worship to Lord Shiva in his Harihara form.
Ananta – Vasudeva Temple
This second most famous temple in Bhubaneswar was built by Queen Chandrika of Eastern Ganga dynasty in the 13th century AD. As a Vaishnavite temple, this place also enshrines the idols of Lord Jagannath, Balarama, and Shubadra, creating the most significant feature about the temple.
This two storied Shiva shrine was built with the abundance architectural exhibition. Unlike other Shiva temples in the city, this one has a1 2.74 meters of Shiva Linga inside. The style even looks like a mutilated Buddhist Stupa.