Temples in Odisha (Orissa):

Temples in Odisha (Orissa)Odisha, the land of myriad splendors, thronged by pilgrims and tourists throughout the year to see distinctive marvelous temple architecture, serene landscapes, pristine beaches and its friendly people. The temples of Odisha are not only known for their religious vitality but also due to their architectural superiority. With Kalinga pattern of architecture, all Odisha temples carries a distinctive decorative details.

All temples are built in a series of four halls-for offerings, dance, assembly and sanctuary.

In the simplest form, a temple of this style consists of a structural due, the main temple or shrine and the frontal porch. While the main temple, called Vimana or Deula, is the sanctum enshrining the deity the porch or assembly hall called Jagamohana is the place for the congregation of devotees. The former, constructed on a square base, has a soaring curvilinear tower (sikhara) and is known as rekha deula. The latter built on a rectangular base is a pidha temple, i.e. its roof consists of pidhas which are horizontal platforms arranged successively iii a receding formation so as to constitute a pyramidal superstructure.- Although the two temples are architecturally different, they are constructed in axial alignment and interconnected so as to form an integral pattern.

Here are the famous Temples of Odisha (Orissa) for you::

Jagannath Temple Puri

Jagannath Temple Puri

Puri temple belonging to 11th century is honored as one of the 'Char Dhams' is a most sacred center of pilgrimage destination of Odisha. ...Know more

Puri is an ancient shrine, enshrining Krishna - Jagannath in the form of a wooden image. Also enshrined are wooden images of Balabhadra (Balarama) and Subhadra brother and sister of Krishna respectively. Interestingly, the Rig Veda refers to Purushottama in the form of a wooden image, prepared from a log of wood floating on the ocean. Puri is also referred to in the Bhramapurana.

Jagannath Temple in Odisha consists of four entrance gates. They are named as Singhadwara, Ashwadwara, Hathidwara and Vyaghradwara and these names refer to lion, horse, elephant and tiger. Each day, the Lord at the Jagannath Temple is offered 'bhoga' six times and it is dispensed among the worshippers close to Ratnavedi.

Now, you must be aspiring to know more about the temple and Jagannath Puri. So, don't wait more to visiting this place. Immediately book a tour package for Odisha and explore various other attractions of Odisha.

Konark Sun Temple

Konark Sun Temple

Built in the form of a colossal chariot with seven horses and twentyfour wheels, Konark temple is the finest example of Odisha architectural wonder. Dedicated to Lord Sun, the temple is derived from two words- 'Kona' means corner and 'Ark' means Sun.

There are many legends associated with the Sun Temple and it is enriching and interesting to hear the same from locals. Although most of the structure is in a dilapidated condition, the intricacy and perfection of the carvings is still appreciable.

This temple built in 1278 CE by the Ganga King NarasimhaDeva is one of the grandest temples of India and was referred to as the Black Pagoda. The ruins of this temple were excavated in late 19th century. The tower over the Garbagriha is missing, however the Jagmohana is intact, and even in this state, it is awe inspiring.

The Konark temple is widely known not only for its architectural greatness but also for the sophistication and abundance of sculptural work. Konark is an exceptional mixture of marvelous temple architecture, heritage, exotic beach and salient natural beauty. The large structure of Konark Temple seen today is actually the entrance of the main temple. The main temple which enshrined the presiding deity has fallen off and only the remains can be seen. Even in its ruined state it is a magnificent temple reflecting the mastermind of the architects that imagined and constructed it.

In spite of the decay over the centuries the beauty of this monument is still amazing. If you are seriously interested in architecture and sculpture then you must visit this world famous monument...Know more

Architecture of Jagannath Temple

Architecture of Jagannath Temple

Chilka Lake - Asia's largest brackish water lagoon with water spread ranging from 1165 sq km m the rainy season to 906 sq km in the dry season is nestled in the heart of the coastal Odisha (Orissa). It extends from Bhusandpur in Puri district in the North to Rambha-Malud in Ganjan district in the South, separated from the Bay of Bengal by a 60 km long narrow strip of marshy islands and sand-flats...Know more


Legend of Jagannath Temple

According to the legend, Indrayumna, the king of Malava in Sata Yuga, was a great devotee of Vishnu. Once the king dreamt of Nilamadhava Vishnu and was curious to know where that particular form of the Lord was worshipped. Therefore, he sent his emissaries in four directions to find this...Know more

lingaraj temple

Lingaraj Temple

The oldest temple of Odisha, situated at the capital city Bhubaneswar is the largest outstanding specimen of Odisha style of architecture.

The Lingaraj Temple, dedicated to an incarnation of Lord Shiva is said to be in existence since the 7th century although the structure that can now be seen was built later in the 11th century. Predominantly built in the Kalinga style of architecture, the temple consists of a Vimana, Jagamohana, Natamandira and Bhoga-mandapa. Shivaratri is celebrated with great fervor in the temple and almost 200000 pilgrims visit the temple during the festival.

The vast BinduSagarlake is the center around which are located the multitude of temples of Bhubaneswar. The Lingaraj temple is located in a spacious courtyard covering over 250000 sq feet and is bounded by fortified walls. Its tower rises up to 180 feet and is elaborately carved.

The temple complex has three compartments and each one has a temple each. Towards south of the entrance to main temple is image of Lord Ganesha, at the back is the image of Goddess Parvati and to north is Lord Kartikya. The Lingaraj temple has got various pillars and halls which add to its beauty. The Lingaraja temple has got various pillars and halls which add to its beauty. At the main gate is the temple of Lord Ganesha followed by Nandi pillar. Its towering spire-like beauty dominates the Bhubaneswar skyline. It represents the the peak of Kalinga style of architecture spanning over 25 centuries of progressive history. This 11th century temple is the culmination of architectural beauty and sculpted elegance. The temple is dedicated to "Tri Bhubaneswar", or Lord of the three worlds also known as Bhubaneswar. The granite block representing "Tri Bhubaneswar" is bathed daily with water, milk and Bhang (Marijuana). It is enclosed and has four features - a sanctuary, a dancing hall, an assembly hall and a hall of offerings. There are many smaller shrines around the temple in the enclosed area.Know more

Brahmeswara Temple

Brahmeswara Temple

The Bhameshwara Temple is dedicated to Lord Bhameshwara, incarnation of Lord Shiva. The temple had been built in the 11th century by the ruling king in the honor of her Mother. As per the inscription the temple was rebuilt by Kolavatidevi, the mother of UdyotaKesari, a Somavamsi king. It is believed that the queen had presented many young girls in the service of Lord which is probably responsible for the tradition of Devadasis. It is a 60 foot high edifice with a carved roof and walls. Jagmohan and Rekha Deul had carved out the temple. The ceilings of the temple have been carved out displaying Lotus and the walls are engraved with motifs of the head of the lions. The temple is the first in India to be carving dancers and musicians on the outer walls of the temple.

Besides the main temple, there are 4 more temples built around the corners. This style of architecture used to depict the power and prosperity of their builders. Though, the typical Odishi structure is still noticed, the temple has the major two sections - the Vimana and the Jagmohana, per the archetypal Kalinga architecture...Know more

Mukteswar Temple

Mukteswar Temple

The beautiful Mukteswar temple is 1oth century temple, another fine example of "Gem of Odisha Architecture". It features exquisite carved details and lavish sculptures. The intricate carvings showcase a unique blend of Buddhist, Jain and Hindu styles. The elaborately ornate stone arch at the entrance is the proud reminiscence of Buddhist influence in Odisha and indeed a true example of architectural marvel.

A white marble Shiva Linga is also present here which has a copper yoni. In addition to the Shiva Linga, there are idols of other deities as well including Lord Ganesha, Brahma, Vishnu, Parvati, Hanuman, and Nandi. The Mukteshwar temple is considered vital and holds a lot of significance for the committee of iron ore miners known as 'agaries'.

This magnificent temple is believed to be home to Shri MukteshwarMaharajJi which is also a suitable place to practice meditation...Know more

Parasurameswar Temple

Parasurameswar Temple

The small yet magnificent specimen of Odisha architecture, Parasurameswar temple is present from post-Buddhist period.

One of the oldest surviving temples in Odisha isbuilt in 650 A.D. iconsidered the best preserved specimen of an early Odisha Hindu temple dated to the Sailodbhava period between the seventh and eighth centuries AD.

Parsurameswar temple has a vimana, the sanctum, and a bada, the curvilinear spire over its roof, raising up to a height of 40.25 ft (12.27 m). It is the first temple to have an additional structure called jagamohana, compared to the earlier temples that had only the vimana. Though the temple is a dedicated to Shiva, it contains sculpted images of Sakta deities, which are otherwise part of Sakta temples. The temple is the first among Bhubaneswar temples to have depiction of Saptamatrikas images, namely, Chamunda, Varahi, Indrani, Vaisnavi, Kaumari, Sivani and Brahmi..Know more

Rajarani Temple

Rajarani Temple

With few more names, like Indreswara temple or Love temple this Rajarani temple is dedicated Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. This unique temple is known for its amazing architectural features and remarkable sculptural excellence. The temple named as Love temple due to its erotic carvings of women and couples.

Rajarani Temple is said to be in existence from 11th century and is said to be built in a KalinganPancharatha style with Vimanam raising up to 18 meters and with a pyramidal roofed viewing hall. Rajarani Temple is said to be constructed of a dull red and turbid yellow colored sandstones which are known as “Rajarani” and this might be the reason for the origin of this name for this temple. Rajarani Temple is built in the style of Deula architecture, which consists of four main components like Vimanam,Jagamohana Hall, Natamandira, BhogaMandapa.

Rajarani Temple has a distinct feature that the Garbhagriha, the main sanctum does not contain any deities. But there are some obvious features which indicates that the temple has a Saivite origin.Know more

Vaital Deul Temple

Vaital Deul Temple

This interesting temple is existed from 8th century and dedicated to Goddess Chamunda or Kali. VaitalDeul Temple or Baitala Deula is one of the finest example of the Khakhara order of the Kalinga style of temple architecture. It is mostly a Tantric worship, which combined elements from sects of Hinduism and Buddhism can be seen in a unique way.

This Tantric shrine is located near BinduSarovara. Belonging to Khakhara order, an offshoot of the Kalinga School, the temple is noted for the 'deul' (tower) with rectangular shape.The tower at the right angle to the jagmohana (porch) is decorated with two chaitya windows, one having a carved figure of sun God Surya with his sisters Usha (Dawn) and Pratyusha (Dusk). The other one is carved with an image of Arjuna (third Pandava), driving a chariot of seven horses.

The entrance of VaitalDeul temple is decorated with a four-faced linga with significant carvings. The sanctum sanctorum houses the idol of eight-armed Chamundi Devi adorned with a garland of skulls is seated on a corpse flanked by a jackal and an owl. Each arms of the deity holds a snake, a bow, a shield, a sword, a trident, a thunderbolt , an arrow and a neck of a demon...Know more