Exploring Historical Places in Odisha | Lotus Eco Beach Resort Konark

Exploring Historical Places in Odisha

More than two thousand years of religious and cultural history may be found in Odisha. The state is home to a wide variety of historical sites and heritage monuments that showcase Odisha's history and culture. The state is home to Buddhists, Jains, and Hindus and numerous historical landmarks spread out across Odisha. Thanks to these historical places in Odisha, nobody leaves dissatisfied. So, if you are interested in historical monuments in Odisha, you wouldn't want to miss these fascinating places.

Konark Sun Temple

One of the top historical places in Odisha is the UNESCO World Heritage site Konark Sun Temple, which is located on the northeastern edge of Puri. It was constructed in the shape of a massive rath, or chariot, of the Sun God, and shows the chariot being drawn by seven horses, four on the left side and three on the right. On three distinct sides of the temple, which receive the Sun God's direct rays in the morning, afternoon, and evening, are three deities dedicated to him. The temple complex also houses a special museum of archaeology.

a chariot wheel at Konark Sun Temple
bottom view of pillared ruins during daytime

Jagannath Temple in Puri

One of the best historical monuments of Odisha, Jagannath Puri Temple's magnificent architecture is the cherry on top. The four gates include detailed carvings and a gorgeous design. You shouldn't skip the delicious Mahaprasad served at the temple. The mouthwatering cuisine is prepared in earthen pots for thousands of devotees each day in one of India's largest kitchens. Numerous tourists are drawn to the town's colourful religious festivities. The Rath Yatra is the most eagerly anticipated of them all. Witnessing the vibrant atmosphere, fascinating ceremonies, and vigour and fervour of the pilgrims is worthwhile.

Khandagiri Caves

The caves, one of the oldest historical places in Orissa, which are seven kilometres from Bhubaneswar, transport us back in time and are likely the only source of information on an age that is still cloaked in mystery. These ancient rock-cut caverns were initially uncovered by a young British officer named Andrew Sterling in the 19th century AD. They were built somewhere in the 2nd century BC by King Kharavela of the Meghavahana dynasty, who is often regarded as the most powerful king in Odisha's history. The Jain monks had a place to reside and meditate in the caves erected on the Kumari mountain range.

inside view of a cave with sun rays coming in
landscape view of hills and greenery during daytime

Barabati Fort

A well-known fort and one of the stunning historical monuments in Odisha, Barbati Fort in Cuttack should not be missed. The distance to the city is roughly 8 kilometres. The fort is strategically positioned so that it offers a stunning and breathtaking view over the contemporary Cuttack metropolis. Fortifications were built around the monument to defend it from invading forces. Today, a nearby Barbati stadium is constructed for cultural and different sporting activities. Additionally, there is a temple for Katak Chandi. The fort gives the city character and highlights its illustrious past.

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