Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, is renowned as being the “City of Temples.” For long, it has been a hallowed pilgrimage site for myriad of devotees who throng here to visit some of the many temples that are located all across this culturally vibrant city. The temples are from various time periods and are characterised by superb architectural design and distinct religious significance.
One of the oldest and the largest temple in Bhubaneswar is the Lingaraja Temple which is also one of the prime tourist attractions of Odisha. The temple complex has many shrines, is enclosed by a wall and is characterised by the style of Kalinga architecture. A large courtyard is present and the temple is mostly made of sandstone and laterite.
How to reach – 5 kms from Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar, 4.5 kms from Bhubaneswar Railway Station.
The Mukteswar Temple belongs to the tenth century and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. While the temple itself is comparatively quite compact, it is known to have some of the most exquisite and elaborate carvings. A major dance festival is held here every year that celebrates Odissi- the classical dance of Odisha.
How to reach – 4.5 kms from Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar, 3.9 kms from Bhubaneswar Railway Station.
The Rajarani Temple is beautifully laid out on well-maintained temple grounds. There are gorgeously carved sculptures. The Rajarani Music Festival is held here every year which celebrates the major Indian classical music traditions like Hindustani and Carnatic.
How to reach – 4.6 kms from Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar, 3.8 kms from Bhubaneswar Railway Station.
Best Time to Visit Bhubaneswar:
Bhubaneswar has a tropical climate and can be visited throughout the year but is most pleasant from October to April.
Where to Stay:
Mayfair Lagoon, Bhubaneswar (A spectacular luxury resort set amidst verdant greenery and a lovely lagoon. It offers plush accommodation and the best restaurants in town).
Mayfair Convention, Bhubaneswar (A highly preferred business hotel conveniently located right across from Mayfair Lagoon and boasting of excellent event and conference venues).