Lingaraja Temple

Lingaraja Temple, Bhubaneswar

Lingaraja Temple
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Amod
Mumbai, India112 contributions
Apr 2022
We visited the Lingaraja Temple on a Saturday morning. However it wasnt crowded to our pleasant surprise. The Darshan was also very satisfying. You will be approached by the local Pandits / Pandas but stay focussed & dont succumb to whatever they say - unless ofcourse you really wish to perform the Puja of the Lord. Our purpose was more to take the Darshan and seek blessings!

A must see while in Bhubaneswar.
Written 12 May 2022
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Banshidhar S
Brahmapur, India44 contributions
Aug 2021
Lingaraja Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva and is one of the oldest temples in Bhubaneswar, the capital of the Indian state of Odisha, India. The temple is the most prominent landmark of Bhubaneswar city and one of the major tourist attractions of the state.The Lingaraja temple is the largest temple in Bhubaneswar. The central tower of the temple is 180 ft (55 m) tall. The temple represents the quintessence of the Kalinga architecture and culminating the medieval stages of the architectural tradition at Bhubaneswar.The temple complex has 50 other shrines and is enclosed by a large compound wall.
The Lingaraja temple is open from 6 a.m. to about 9 p.m. and is intermittently closed during bhoga (food offering) to the deity. During early morning, lamps in the cella are lit to awaken Lingaraja from his sleep, ablution is performed, followed by adoration and arati (waving of light). The temple is closed at about 12 noon until about 3.30 p.m. A ceremony is known as Mahasnana (ablution) is performed once the doors are closed, followed by pouring of Panchamrita (a mixture of milk, curdled milk, clarified butter, honey, and ghee) upon the deity for purification. At about 1:00 pm, a ripe plantain is divided into two, one half is offered to Sun god and the other half to Dwarapala (the guarding deities in the doorway). Between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. the food offering called Ballabha Bhoga (breakfast containing curdled milk, curd, and vegetables) is offered to the deity. The consecrated food is carried to the temple of Parvati and placed before her as an offering, a practice commonly observed by the orthodox Hindu housewives. At about 2 pm, the Sakala Dhupa (morning's offering of food) takes place. After the food is offered to Lingaraja, the offerings are carried to the temple of Parvati to serve her. An offering called Bhanda Dhupa is carried out at 3:30 p.m. at the hall of the offering. This food is later offered by the inmates to the pilgrims as Mahaprasada.
Written 23 April 2022
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sam peters
Christchurch, New Zealand4 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
Its a electric atmosphere in this temple. The sculptures are very good and rituals mesmerizing. It does get crowded due to its popularity.
Written 20 April 2022
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Surya Katakam
Hyderabad, India1,705 contributions
Nov 2021
Lingaraja temple is one of the oldest and must visit temple of Bhubaneswar City. In general who all are visiting the Bhubaneswar they will plan their visit to all these three temples, without which your Odisha trip will not complete.

The temple is believed to be built by the kings from Somavamshi dynasty in 11th Century, with later additions from the Ganga rulers. It was built by King Jayati Keshari in the 10th Century and completed by King Lalatendu Keshari in the 11th Century. This temple is constructed in red stone and is a classic example of Kalinga style of Architecture. In Kalinga Architecture, basically a temple is made in two parts. A tower and a Hall. The tower is called deula and the hall is called Jagmohan.

This temple is divided into 4 sections.
1. Garbha Griha which is Sanctum and main temple where Swayambhu Lingaraja Swamy have offers and regular daily Pooja's and Harathi's
2. Yajna Shala: This is the prayer hall from where Devotees offers their prayers to the God.
3. Bhoga Mandap: This is the Mandap hall where Naivedaym and Prasadam offers to the Lord.
4. Natya Shala: This is the hall of Dance where all temple festival related cultural conducts.

Specialty of this temple:
1. This temple is Swayambhu and This temple complex has total 50 Shrines and is enclosed by a large compound wall. This temple complex is largest temple of Bhubaneswar City.
2. This makes golden triangle of Odisha with Konark Sun temple and Puri Jagannath temple.
3. The other attraction of the temple is BinduSagar. lake, located in the North side of the temple. The 1300 feet long and 700 feet wide lake is the hub of the temple festival activities.
4. Another Important aspect of this temple is that it signifies the syncretisation of Shaivism and Vaishnavism sects in Odisha. Inside this temple complex Vishnu Temple is also there. The Presiding deity in the temple is known as Hari Hara. Hari denotes Lord Vishnu and Hara meaning Lord Shiva.
5. The temple is out of bounds for Non-Hindus. However Non-Hindus can View the temple from the View point which is located just besides complex wall and the view is very beautiful.

Main Festival of the temple:
1. The most famous festival at the Lingaraja temple is Shivaratri.
2. Chandan Yatra or Sandalwood ceremony is another one of the main festival of Lingaraja temple. This festival happens for 22 days. Both the deities and devotees are sanctified with sandalwood paste to protect from the heat.
3. Lingaraja Rath Yatra is splendid celebrations when the deity is taken to the Rameshwar Deula temple seated atop a chariot. Devotees pull the chariots of Lingaraja and his sister Rukmini to the temple, which is considered to be the greatest service of the Lord.

Temple timings:
Morning 05:00 am to Evening 09:00 pm (All Days)
Written 5 April 2022
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Tirumala Rau K
Hyderabad District, India221 contributions
Mar 2022
one of the oldest heritage temple and taken over government of India . but pandits are demanding money .
Written 1 April 2022
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indira Mohapartra
Bhubaneswar, India4 contributions
Feb 2022 • Solo
Now Odisa government made stress free entry to temple. Best wide road ,best parking area ,no Beggers,beautiful environment to enjoy .Shoes,mobile can be kept safely out side temple premises….but it still needs more cleanness,more discipline
Written 8 March 2022
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Sandy_JSR
Jamshedpur, India1,175 contributions
Dec 2021
Visited the temple at late afternoon, when there was limited crowd. Lingaraja Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the oldest temples with attractive architecture and the most prominent landmark of Bhubaneswar city. As shoe, bag and mobile are not allowed inside the temple, there is provision of locker for keeping the belongings at a nominal charge at the entry point of the temple. The children are not allowed inside the temple, also certificate for both doses of vaccination is necessary for entry. It is an historical temple with expansive complex. The entire temple complex is neatly maintained. In addition to the main temple, there exists several minor temples dedicated to other deities within the complex. The temple is maintained by the Temple Trust and the Archaeological Survey of India. Spotted number of pandas / priests at every point inside the temple complex, individuals’ discretion is recommended in dealing with them.
Written 4 March 2022
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Debkumar LAHIRI
Kolkata (Calcutta), India8 contributions
Mar 2022
This is a complex of many temples, constrcuted on the basis of Vedic knowledge. The temples exhibit marvellous sculptoral work, showing deities and supernatural creatures of many forms. Regrettably, the priests or the Pandas are not much aware of the Vedic basis of the complex and many of them are mainly focused on how to fleece money from the pilgrims or tourists. So be careful and you can choose to travel on your own or with a trusted guide. Mobile phones, cameras and shoes are not allowed inside the temple precincts and can be kept in the custody of 'Shoe-Phone station' at the temple entrance.
Written 4 March 2022
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Priyanka S
Bengaluru, India212 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
Heritage with history🙏

Been to the temple since childhood, we are ardent shiv bhakts. The temple surrounding has changed over the years, maintenance around the temple needs to be taken care
Written 27 February 2022
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rggg
Mumbai120 contributions
Feb 2022
One of the under-rated attraction, Lingaraj temple was a great visit. I'd suggest to visit this in the late evening/ night to avoid crowds. Temple is amply lit and the cool breeze surrounds the whole temple in the evening, making it much easier to cover it with ease. It's a bit hot and humid during the day.

It's more than 1000 years old and the architecture and technology behind the temple construction is amazing.

This temple is almost in the league of Jagganath temple of Puri. Odisha government should market it well to the tourists.

Must visit if you are visiting Bhubneshwar.
Written 23 February 2022
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