Bhubanswar emerged with century old name as Temple city is the capital city of Indian state Odisha. Currently the city has flourished with a new name and that is Smart City of Odisha. It is also named as Ekamra Kshetra due to its religious establishments.
The Temple city got its name due to hub of 7000 temples once upon a time. The state capital of Odisha is a sprawling metropolis that very ably preserves the balance between upholding olden values and cultural heritage on one hand and being able to conform to changing modern times on the other. Literally the city’s name is based on the Lord Shiva, who is also named as Tribhubaneswara, “Lord of the three worlds”.
On the year 1948 the foundation of the modern Bhubaneswar city was laid. The city is designed by famous German architect
Top Attractions in Bhubaneswar
Lingaraj Temple is one of the oldest and largest Hindu temples in Bhubaneswar. The temple is the most prominent landmark of the Bhubaneswar city and also one of the top places to visit in Bhubaneswar.
Dedicated to Harihara, a combined form of Vishnu and Shiva, Lingaraja Temple was built in 11th century CE by King Jajati Keshari of Somavanshi dynasty. He started the construction of the temple while he shifted his capital from Jajpur to Bhubaneswar. But historians believe that the temple might have been existed from 6th century CE. It is said that when the construction of Lingaraj Temple was about to complete, the Jagannath cult started growing. This belief is further empowered with the fact that Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are worshiped here.
Ananta Vasudeva Temple
This temple is built in 9th century AD and dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a perfect example of the Kalinga style architecture. The temple complex contains a main shrine surrounded by 4 similar shrines. The doorways are ornate with stone carved figures and the 9 planets in Indian astrology.
This temple was built in the 10th century and is considered to be the gem of Odisha architecture. The famous arched gateway of the temple makes it unique amongst the other major temples in Odisha.
Ramachandi Temple is an ancient temple situated on the banks of Kushabhadra River near Konark in Odisha state. Situated on the Marine Drive Road from Konark to Puri, it is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Odisha.
Apart from the temple, Ramachandi Beach situated at the merging point of Kushabhadra River and Bay of Bengal is another attraction here. The beach is named after Goddess Ramachandi. Covered with golden sands and huge palm trees, the beach is ideal for taking long walks and collecting shells. The beach offers some activities like Sailing, Boating, Swimming and Sun Bathing.
Kuruma is one of the major archaeological excavation sites in Odisha and is mentioned in several Buddhist texts from Ashoka and Ceylon and also appears in the writings of the Chinese traveler Hieun Tsang. The origin of the site is dated to be between 8th-9th century AD and is a must visit for everyone who likes to explore the history of India.
Nandankanan or ‘The Garden of Heavens’ lies in the vicinity of the Kanjia Lake and Chandaka forest. It is home to 120 different species of animals including mammals, reptiles and birds. It is extremely popular for its white tigers. The zoo houses aquaria, a reptile park and orchid house.
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