lingaraj temple

The Lingaraja temple is a Hindu temple where lord shiva is worshiped. It is one of the oldest temples of Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha. The temple is the most prominent place of Bhubaneswar city is an alternate tourist attraction station of the state.

The Lingaraja temple is the biggest temple of Bhubaneswar. This temple is built by the Somavamshi dynasty of king Yayati. This temple is at a height of 55m. It’s built with a mixture of Deula, Jagamohan, Nata Mandira, Bhoga Mandap. There are many small temples on the premises of the temple and enclosed by a large compound wall.

The temple is dynamic in love rehearses, dissimilar to most different sanctuaries in Bhubaneswar, and Shiva is loved as Harihara, a joined type of Vishnu and Shiva. The sanctuary has pictures of Vishnu, perhaps on account of the rising noticeable quality of the Jagannath order exuding from the Ganga rulers who constructed the Jagannath Temple in Puri in the twelfth century. The focal divinity of the sanctuary, Lingaraja, is venerated both as Shiva and Vishnu. The agreement between the two groups of Hinduism, Shaivism, and Vaishnavism, is found in this sanctuary where the divinity is revered as Harihara, a joined type of Vishnu and Shiva.

Lingaraja temple is kept up by the Temple Trust Board and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The temple has a normal of 6,000 guests each day and gets lakhs of guests during celebrations. Shivaratri festival is an important festival to be celebrated in the temple and during 2012, I saw 200000 in the morning. The temple compound isn’t available to non-Hindus; however, there is a review stage next to the divider offering a decent perspective on the primary outsides. This was initially raised for a little while by Lord Curzon when Viceroy.


Lingaraja, in a real sense, implies the ruler of Lingam, the famous type of Shiva. Shiva was initially revered as Kirtivasa and later as Harihara and is ordinarily alluded to as Tribhuvaneshwara (additionally called Bhubaneswar), the expert of three universes, in particular, paradise, earth, and the underworld. His associate is called Bhuvaneshvari.

The temple in its current structure traces back to the most recent decade of the 11th century. There is proof that a piece of the temple was worked during the 6th century CE as referenced in a portion of the seventh century Sanskrit messages. Fergusson accepts that the temple may have been started by Lalat Indu Keshari who ruled from 615 to 657 CE. The assembly hall ( JagaMohan ), while the hall of offering (Bhoga Mandap) was constructed during the twelfth century. The Nata Mandira was worked by the spouse of Salini somewhere in the range of 1099 and 1104 CE. When the Lingaraja temple was developed, the Jagannath (type of Vishnu) organization had been filling around there, which antiquarians accept, is proven by the concurrence of Vishnu and Shiva love at the temple. The rulers of the Ganga line were vigorous devotees of Vaishnavism and fabricated the Jagannath Temple at Puri in the twelfth century.

According to certain records, the temple is accepted to have been worked by the Somavamshi lord Yayati I(1025-1040), during the eleventh century CE. One of the Somavamsi sovereigns gave a town to the temple and the Brahmins connected to the temple got liberal grants. An engraving from the Saka year 1094 (1172 CE) demonstrates the blessings of gold coins to the temple by Rajaraja II. Another engraving of Narasimha I from the eleventh century demonstrates the offer of beetle leaves as tabula to the managing god.

K.C. Panigrahi refers that Yayti I had no ideal opportunity to assemble the sanctuary and it ought to have been started by his children Ananta Kesari and Udyaokt Kesari (different name of Yayati also). The contention gave against the view is that is his frail replacements couldn’t have built a particularly brilliant construction.

Some episodic records show that the temple was dispatched by the king of Gauda Sashanka (passed on c. 637 CE)

Festival and worship practices

According to Hindu legend, an underground stream starting from the Lingaraja sanctuary fills the Bindusagar Tank (which means sea drop) and the water is accepted to mend physical and otherworldly disease. The water from the tank is in this way treated holy and travelers take a heavenly plunge during bubbly events. The focal divinity of the sanctuary, Lingaraja, is loved both as Shiva and Vishnu. The congruity between the two organizations of Hinduism, Shaivism, and Vaishnavism, is found in this sanctuary where the divinity is revered as Harihara, a joined type of Vishnu and Shiva.

Shivaratri is the fundamental celebration praised yearly in Phalgun month when a huge number of lovers visit the temple. Aside from an entire day of fasting, bel leaves are offered to Lingaraja on this propitious day. The primary festivals occur around evening time when fans implore throughout the evening. The ardent ordinarily break their quick after the Mahadipa (an immense light) is lit on the tower of the temple. This celebration honors Lingaraja having killed an evil spirit. A great many Bol Bom travelers convey water from waterway Mahanadi and walk right to the temple during the period of Shravana consistently. Sunan day is seen from regal occasions in the period of Bhandara, a day when temple workers, laborers, and different holders of temple lands offer dedication and recognition for Lingaraja. Candan Yatra (Sandalwood function) is a 22-day celebration celebrated in the temple when workers of the temple disport themselves in an extraordinarily made barge in the Bindusagar tank. The divinities and workers of the temples are blessed with sandalwood glue to shield them from heat. Moves shared banquets, and fun is masterminded by individuals related to the temple.

Consistently the chariot celebration (Ratha-Yatra) of Lingaraja is praised on Ashokashtam. God is taken in a chariot to Rmeswar Deula. A huge number of lovers follow and pull splendidly beautified chariots containing the symbols of Lingaraja and his sister Rukmani.

The Lingaraja temple is dynamic in love rehearses, not at all like the other antiquated temples of Bhubaneshwar which are not dynamic love places. Non-Hindus are not permitted inside the temple, however, it tends to be seen from the review stage situated external the sanctuary. The review stage and the rear of the temple can be reached through a line way situated to one side of the fundamental passage of the temple. The sacredness of the temples is kept up by forbidding canines, unbathed guests, bleeding ladies, and families that experienced birth or passing in the first 12 days. If there should be an occurrence of an unfamiliar trespass, the temple follows a purging custom and unloading of prasad (food offering) in a well.

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