Local Tourist attractions in Bhubaneswar

Temples in Bhubaneswar summarize a extensive archives of the Bhubaneswaran architecture almost to two thousand years old, from 3rd century B. C. to 16th Century A.D. These imposing edifices enjoining the city horizon, are within a reasonable walking distance from one another. The 46-m high Lingaraj Temple marks the zenith of temple tradition of Bhubaneswar.

Bhubaneswar temples have a unique pattern of construction showcasing the way of Hindu architectural splendor. The temple complex is divided into four distinct parts, the outer chamber is the 'Jagamohana', the inner shrine of the presiding deity is known as Garbhagriha. The third part of the temple shrine is constructed into a conical shaped tower more commonly known as the "Nata Mandap", the Bhoga Mandap is the forth division of the temple. The temple walls are artistically carved out of numerous sculptures depicting the scenes from courtiers, celestial dancers, couples in erotic postures, birds, divine animals or scenes from religious epics and legends. Once there were more than 7000 temples now the testimony stands with 500 odd temples. Important temples are Temples of Lord Lingaraj, Mukteswar, Kedar Gouri, Raja Rani, Parsurameswar, Vaithal, Markandeswar, Paschimeswar, Vakeswar, Meghaswar etc.

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Lingaraj Temple

The 180 ft. gigantic edifice Lingaraj Temple to the south was built in 1114 AD to the glory of Shiva is the most impressive among the finest of its 500 temples, the Lingaraj Temple of Lord Shiva is the biggest in Bhubaneswar. No less famous is the Mukteswar Temple (the gem of Indian miniature art) which was built in the 10th century. It is well known for its stone arch at the entrance and is richly sculpted. With the tales from the Panchatantra carved on it.

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Rajarani Temple

The Rajarani Temple, set in picturesque surroundings, is noted for its intricate carvings of floral, animal and human figures. Constructed in the 11th century, it has an unusual tower. More interestingly, this temple has no deity. Close to Mukteswar Temple is the Parsurameswara Temple, a small but richly decorated shrine of Shiva that was built in the 7th century. It is one of the best preserved. It has sculptures featuring amorous couples, animals and floral motifs.

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Khandagiri-Udaigiri Caves

Modelled by the great Jain king Kharavela, who ruled from 168 to 153 B.C., these coarse grained sandstone caves were meant as dwellings for Jain monks. Udayagiri (Hill of the Sunrise) and Khandagiri (Broken Hill), which rise 40 meter above the lateritic and parched plain surroundings, are just steeping compartments with low roof, ratifying the austerity and sobriety of the monks.

Dhauli

The White Peace Pagoda : Historical Importance - Spiritual, Monument & Heritage Tour recounting the horrors of a bloody war, when Ashok swept through the indomitable Kalinga and his subsequent conquest through love and compassion, Dhauli hill on the bank of river Daya bears the testimony of the bloody stream of brave Kalingans as the silent witness to the metamorphosis from the war holocaust to the transformation of peace and non violence. White Peace Pagoda and Ashokan Rock Edict are the embodiments to this great events of history.

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Itipur - Craft Tour

The huge monuments of Orissa stand as mute testimony to the creative sculptures imagination who successfully composed lyrics on stone. Konark, Jagannath Temple, Lingaraj Temple, Budhist and Jain images in various postures found from different places continue to captivate the visitors. Along the river Daya, near Dhauli, Itipur is one of the villages in cluster where every man is born sculptor. Heerapur Yogini Shrine : Heritage & Spiritual Tour -The 11th century 64 -Yogini shrine at Heerapur, the ancient hub center for tantrik cult. Copper Plate Foretelling - Mystic : Spiritual tour - on the way to Heerapur from Bhubaneswar is Jheinti Sasan where the future can be scripted from the mystic Jagannath cult in form of what is known as Achyutananda Pothi i.e. from the holy leaf of the book by Achyutananda - the ardent devotee of Lord Jagannath in the past.

Budhist Shrine

Budhist Shrine

White Pagoda Dhauli, Ashokan rock edict. On the bank of river Daya where Chandashok became Dharmashok. A Budhist Peace Park at the feet of Dhauli hill is slated to be inaugurated shortly.

Sisupalgarh Fort

Historical Importance - belongs to 3rd century AD was a fortified township surrounded by natural moat represents ancient Kalinganagari under Emperor Kharvela in the middle of 1st century BC.It reveals the cultural identity and chronology of the site,the nature of formation of the defences and the plan of the gateways. Sisupalgarh holds the charm of some ancient ruins of third or fourth century BC. One can have a fair ideal of a well developed ancient city by visiting the site and establish the fact that the Bhubaneswaran civilization has very ancient roots.

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Chandaka Elephant Sanctury

Where men and elephants enjoy a friendly neighbourhood : The first of its kind in the country is a dense forest covering an area nearly of 200 sq kms is a protected zone for hundreds of elephants. Visitors can witness the huge flux of pachyderms from some of the watch towers. The huge man made lake Deras is being developed as a heronry. Chandaka Sanctuary is a treasure trove of biodiversity now a popular destination for solitude seekers, hunt for eco-tourists and a tryst with rejuvenated nature in all shades. Mind boggling varieties of butterflies at forest openings, sides, flowers, grasses, edges of waters, wet mud wear a wonderful scenic beauty. Marmon, leopard, Hedge Blue, double banded crow, bush brown, pansy and endless varieties of flora and fauna can be viewed here. The sanctuary is situated barely half an hour’s journey from Bhubaneswar and is the only sanctuary exclusively earmarked for it’s 67 strong team of elephants. Abhimanyu and Ganesh the two pachyderms can be found roaming around to catch smugglers and forest thieves. The sanctuary has leopards, deer, wild boars, heyna,sloth beer, python, monitor lizard and birds in plenty. On afternoons one often is treated with peacocks in glorious plumes wandering with their families. Kingfishers, teal, brahminy ducks, jacans and lapwings hunting for fish in the lake are a scene to behold.

Khurda - Historical Importance

( 28 Kms. from Bhubaneswar) Of many historical importance. The adjacent Barunei hill and the last fort to fall while fighting with British colonial power.

Planetarium

Planetarium

Pathani Samant Planetorium is the only planetarium in Bhubaneswar, named after the eminent astronomer scientist of yester year Mohamahoppadhyaya Chandrasekhar Singh Samanta Harichandan Mohapatra, popularly known as pathani Samanta of Odisha.

Nandan Kanan Zoological Park

Largest White Tiger Reserve in the World : While the temples and monuments are redolent with the culture of a hoary era, the vibrance of life throbs in the sprawling Nandan Kanan Zoological Park endowed with a natural lake, it is known for the rare white tigers and migratory birds which nest here during winter. It has also the country’s largest Lion Safari and white Tiger Safari.

Art & Craft

Stone carving in Sudarsan Art and Craft Village, Brass and Bell Metal Works at Balakati, silver filigree woks at Cuttack. Textile designing at Olasingha, Khurda, Papier Mache & shell works at Puri, Solapatia works at Puri, Wood carving & painting at Puri, Applique works at Pipili.

Lakes

Holy Bindu Sagar – the mini ocean of thousands drops of water which as per mythology is made of the water of all the rivers. Bindu Sagar was Ekamra Vana where Lord Shiva created a spring to quench the thirst of Goddess Parvati after she demolished the two demons now known as Bindu Sagar.

Caves

Rani Gumpha, Hati Gumpha in Khandagiri - Udaigiri Caves Circuit, Pandav Caves, Pandavguha and ranges of small caves in Barunei hill.