LINGARAJ TEMPLE: The Lingaraj Temple is the most famous and the largest temple in Bhubaneswar

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The Lingaraj Temple is the most famous and the largest temple in Bhubaneswar, located at a distance of 3.5 kilometers from the Bhubaneswar railway station. It is also a very prominent temple of Odisha. Bhubaneswar is famous for the temples with at least 500 of them currently present, while the older figures are estimated at around 7000 temples. Reflecting into the cool waters of the Bindu Sarovara, The temple tower rises to a height of 180 feet with an area of ten miles radius. The majestic temple structure represents the Kalinga architecture as can be seen in all the temples of Odisha. The worshipable Deity of this temple is Lord Lingaraj – Lord Shiva. The shiva-linga is svayambhu or self-manifested.

 

The north-east corner of the temple hosts the Deity of Parvati Devi known as Bhuvaneshwari Devi, the consort of Tribhuvaneshwar – the master of the three worlds. In fact, the name Bhubaneswar is after the name Tribhuvaneshwara. As per tradition, one should visit the Lingaraj temple first before visiting the temple of Lord Jagannatha in Puri.

 

Bindu Sarovara

The Lingaraj Temple lies on the bank of the Bindu Sarovar. This sacred lake was created by Lord Shiva by collecting water from all the sacred rivers. Verse 38 of chapter 21 of the third canto of Bhagavata Purana describes that the lake is encircled by the sacred river Sarasvati. Sage Kardama is said to have performed austerities on the bank of this lake to gain the causeless mercy of Lord Vishnu. When the Supreme Lord arrived there He was so compassionate that in pleasure He shed tears, which became Bindu Sarovara. This lake is worshiped by the great sages. The water of Bindu Sarovara is described as shivamrita-jala. Shiva means curing. Anyone who drinks the water of Bindu Sarovara is cured of all material diseases. Lord Kapila also spoke Sankhya philosophy to His mother Devahuti on the banks of this transcendental lake.

 

Festivals celebrated in the Lingaraj Temple

 

1.HANDI BHANGA JATRA

2.PRATHAMASHTAMI

3.PRABARAN SASTHI

4.RUKUNA RATH OF ASHOKASHTAMI

5.CHANDAN YATRA

6.SHIVARATRI

 

Timings of the Lingaraj Temple

The temple is open for public darshan from 02:00 to 22:30 every day

02:00 – temple opens 

02:30 – Mangala-arati

06:00 – close darshan. Devotees can also enter and touch the shiva-linga
17:00 – arati
19:00 – sandhya-arati
10:00 – bada-Srinagar vesha
10:30 – temples close

Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. Mobile phones, camera, and plastic are not allowed inside the temple.

 
How to reach the Lingaraj Temple

By Bus – Regular bus service is available to Baramunda Bus Stop located at a distance of five kilometers from the city center from major cities such as Puri, Hyderabad, Raipur, Ranchi, and Kolkata.

By Train – Bhubaneswar is well connected to major cities in India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, etc through the Bhubaneswar railway station. You can take a private taxi from there to the Lingaraj Temple.

By Air – The Biju Patnaik International Airport connects Bhubaneswar to major cities in India. The airport is located six kilometers away from the city center.

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