Lingaraja temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is one of the oldest temples in India. It is located in Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Odisha. And it is one of the major tourist attractions of the state.
This temple is an architectural marvel. The central tower of this temple is 180 ft and 55mm tall. The Temple represents the Kalinga architectural and daula style. The temple is built by the Somavanshi dynasty. And Ganga rulers renovated it.
The Bhubaneshwar is called as Ekamra kshethra, as noted in Ekamra purana. As this idol was originally located under a mango tree. The Lingaraja swami is worshipped as Shiva and Vishnu. He represents both in this temple. This temple dates back to 11th century and some say, it is more ancient than that.
A British architecture Historian named James Fergusson said, this temple is a pure Hindu temple. He got impressed by the architectural beauty of ancient Indian temples. He wrote many books on ancient Indian architecture. He got a gold medal for his works from Royal Institute of British architects. The God Lingaraja is also called as Harihara in this temple and Even in Brahmanda purana, they wrote about this Ekamra Kshethra.
– Viswanath Venkat Dasari
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