Every year, thousands of people flock to Odisha to visit the numerous stunning temples present here. The state is among India's most picturesque locations and a popular destination for travellers. Numerous tourists visit this state every year to take in its natural beauty, charming residents and welcoming atmosphere. If you are a history buff or simply love mythology and architecture, here are some temples of Odisha that you must explore.
Chausath Yogini Temple
Located in Hirapur, near to the state capital of Bhubaneshwar, Chausath Yogini Temple is quite unique compared to the other temples in the state. Students of architecture are sure to be fascinated by the Yoginis carved all around the roofless circular structure. Dating back to 9th century CE, it is thought that Queen Hiradevi of the Bhauma dynasty constructed it. The architecture of yogini temples is distinct from that of other temples around the world. Dedicated to the famous yoginis in Indian history, they are intended for a limited group of followers and are compact, concentrated and small.
Sun Temple in Konark
Sun Temple, Odisha is a stunning illustration of prehistoric artistry and intellectual brilliance. It is included on the list of UNESCO world heritage sites owing to the ingenuity and artistry that went into its construction. Dedicated to the sun god Surya, the temple's interesting architecture is bound to take your breath away. European sailors who used the temple's gloomy camouflage for navigation called it the "Black Pagoda”. Ships are thought to have been attracted to the shore by the temple's magnetic properties.
Jagannath Temple in Puri
Built in the 12th century AD, the mystery that surrounds Lord Jagannath's aura surpasses the beautiful temple's exquisite architectural design. Unlike other temples in the state, the carvings on Jagannath Temple, Odisha are primarily of gods and goddesses. The concentric Kuruma Bheda (Inner wall) and the Meghnad Pachira (Wall) surround the entire temple complex. The main temple is built in such a way that it never casts a shadow on the ground. One of the most well-known events in Odisha is the Chariot festival, which takes place around June and July. People of all religions flock to Jagannath Temple, Odisha to seek the Lord's blessings during the festival when he emerges to greet his worshippers.
One of the most famous temples of Odisha, Lingaraja Temple, as the name suggests, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was constructed in the seventh century by King Jajati Keshari. It is greatly venerated since it is thought that the Linga(a manifestation of Lord Shiva) here manifested spontaneously. It measures roughly 8 feet in circumference and rises to a height of 8 inches.
To the locals of Odisha, famous temples are commonplace and only come alive during major festivals and celebrations. If you are visiting the state during one of the many festivals that it bears witness to, stay in the well-equipped accommodations at our luxury resort near Konark Temple. Contact us for a fabulous stay amidst every luxury imaginable.