The capital of the state of Orissa, Bhubaneswar, is a pleasant city containing a real contrast between the modern new buildings and hundreds of old temples. The most famous is the Lingaraj Temple.

Unfortunately the temples are invariably closed to non Hindus, but with typical Indian enterprise a method has usually been found of offering visitors a vantage point from which to view the life of the temple.

What to see

  1. Brahmeshwar Temple: a complex of temples, Brahmeshwar is surrounded by shrines in all the four corners.

  2. Handicrafts Museum: A large collection of Orissan handicrafts, among them stone sculptures, patta paintings, brass castings, horn toys and silver filigree. (Timings: 1000 hrs-1700 hrs)

  3. Lingaraja Temple: Dedicated to Lord Shiva also known as Bhubaneshwar or Lord of the Universe, it represents the Kalinga school of temple architecture. The Lingaraj temple is set in a walled compound, surrounded by smaller shrines dedicated t Parvati and Anant Vasudeva. The Lingaraj temple is the site of the Shivaratri festival in February - March.

  4. Mukhteshwara Temple: The finest example of the Kalinga school of temple architecture. Richly sculpted, the temple offers pride of place to tales from the Panchatantras. The niches of the outer face of the compound wall include Buddhist, Jain and Hindu images point to the synthesis of the Orissan life.

  5. Parsurameshwar Temple: One of the best reserved and lavishly decorated Shiva temple of the 7th century.

  6. Rajarani Temple: Constructed in the 11th century and set in the picturesque surroundings at a height of 17.98 mts, it has finely sculpted frescos and graceful feminine figures.

  7. State Museum and Tribal research Museum: The museum exhibits a rich collection of sculptures, coins, copper plates, stone inscriptions, armoury, objects, rare palm leaf manuscripts and bronze age tools etc. (Timings: 1000 hrs-1600 hrs, closed on Monday).

  8. Udaygiri-Khandagiri Caves: The twin hills of Udaygiri and Khandagiri resembling a huge comb, exemplify a strong Jain and Buddhist influence. The famous Rani Gumpha (Queen’s cave), a two storeyed structure with a spacious courtyard and sculpted frescos, is remarkable for it’s art and architecture. Khandagiri has a series of cave temples belonging to the Hindus and Jain faiths. Thirty three rock cut caves still exist.

Luck9. Vaital Temple: Striking, with it’s mature and elegant architecture, the temple’s presiding deity is the eight armed Chamunda (Goddess Kali). This temple is said to have tantric influence.

Getting There

Air: Bhubaneshwar is directly connected by Indian Airlines with Delhi, Chennai, Calcutta, Mumbai, Nagpur, Hyderabad.

Rail: Bhubaneshwar is connected with Bangalore 1378 Km, Cuttack 32 km, Calcutta 470 Km, Delhi 1758 km, Hyderahad 1135 km, Puri 62 km, Konark 64 km, Madras 1202 km, Vijayavada 792 km, and Vishakapatnam 426 km.

Road: Bhubaneshwar is connected with Bangalore 1378 Km, Cuttack 32 Km, Calcutta 470 Km, Delhi 1758 Km, Hyderabad 1135 Km, Puri 62 Km, Konark 64 Km, Madras 1202 Km, Vijayavada 792 Km and Vishakhapatnam 426 Km.

General information

Area: 65.03 Sq. Km
Altitude: 45 Metres Temperature: Summer - Max:40 Deg. C Min: 37.0 Deg.C Winter - Max: 28.3 Deg. C Min: 15.8 Deg.C Rainfall: 152 Cms
beast Season: Oct to April
STD Code: 0674

Excursions

  1. Dhauli (10 Km): The famous Kalinga war (261 B.C.) Was fought on these rocky plains of Tosali (Dhauli). After the horror of the bloody war, the anguished King Ashok eschewed the, path of violence and championed the cause of peace . In mute testimony to this stands the rock-cut inscription at Dhauli, where Ashoka wrote his message, a code of conduct, in prakrit language addressing the people of his kingdom.

2.Yogini Temple (15 Km): One of the five Yogini temples in the country, located in Hirpur village on the way to Puri. This temple is noted for the beautifully carved Yogini images in black chromite stone.

  1. Pipli (21 Km): Is famous for it’s applique work. Houses and shops are covered in samples of the brightly coloured work.

  2. Nandankanan Zoological Garden (22 km): The picturesque Nandankanan is a wildlife and botanical garden with a placid lake flanking it. It is famous for the breeding of White tigers, Gharials and other Crocodiles, Black panthers, etc. It also boasts of the largest Lion safari in the country. (Timing: 0800 hrs-1700 hrs).

  3. Atri (42 km): These hot sulphur springs are noted for their curative properties. The Hatakeshwar temple is an added attraction where Shivratri and Makar Sankranti festivals are held.