Lingaraj Temple

Lingaraj TempleLingaraj Temple is situated in Bhubaneswar at a distance of about 30 km. It is an ancient temple built in the 7 th century A.D. Fortified walls surround the temple with many other shrines of different deities.

The presiding deity is the Swayambhu Linga, Hari-Hara Linga, which is half Siva and half Vishnu. Dedicated to Trivbhuvaneswar (a form of Shiva) or the Lord of the Three Worlds, this temple is a prime example of Indian architecture, in its mature and fully developed state. Its present form dates back to the 11 th century, although several parts of it are over 1400 years old. The sandstone carvings are the most notable feature of this temple. The granite block representing the Linga is said to be bathed daily with water, milk and bhang (marijuana). Almost all the Hindu gods and goddesses are represented in this temple. More than 50 smaller temples and shrines crowd the enclosure. This temple is closed to non-Hindus, however a viewing platform allows visitors to see over the wall.