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#1 of 22 Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

At a distance of 5 km from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Lingaraja Temple is one of the oldest and largest Hindu temples in Bhubaneswar. The temple is the most prominent landmark of the Bhubaneswar city and also one of the top places to visit in Bhubaneswar.

Dedicated to Harihara, a combined form of Vishnu and Shiva, Lingaraja Temple was built in 11th century CE by King Yayati Keshari of Somavanshi dynasty. He started the construction of the temple while he shifted his capital from Jaipur to Bhubaneswar. But historians believe that the temple might have been existed from 6th century CE. It is said that when the construction of Lingaraja Temple was about to complete, the Jagannath cult started growing. This belief is further empowered with the fact that Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are worshipped here.

According to the legend, Lord Shiva revealed to Parvati that Bhubaneshwar or Ekamra Kshetra was a resort favoured by him over Benares. In order to explore the city, she disguised .....

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#2 of 22 Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

At a distance of 3 km from Lingaraja Temple and 5 km from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Brahmeswara Temple is a famous Hindu temple located in the temple city of Bhubaneswar. It is one of the holy places to visit in Bhubaneswar and among the best places of heritage in Orissa.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Brahmeswara Temple stands in a courtyard flanked by four smaller temples. The temple belongs to late 11th century according to an inscription carried to Calcutta from Bhubaneswar. The inscription indicates that the temple was built in 1058 AD by King Udyotakesari's mother Kolavati Devi during the Somavamsi king's 18th ruling year.

The temple is built in the traditional Kalinga architecture style by using of stones. The temple is classified as a panchatanaya temple where four subsidiary shrines situated in the four corners of the main shrine. This pyramid shape temple has two parts namely the Vimana and Jagamohana. The Vimana of the temple is around 18.96 m. It was during the construction .....

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#3 of 22 Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

At a distance of 4.5 km from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Ananta Vasudeva Temple is a famous Hindu Temple located on the eastern bank of Bindu Sarovar in Bhubaneswar. Situated near Lingaraja Temple, Ananta Vasudeva Temple is one of the few Vaishnavite temples in Bhubaneswar and also one of the top Bhubaneswar Tourist Places.

Dating back to 13th century AD, Ananta Vasudeva Temple is the worship place of the complete idols of Lord Krishna, Lord Balarama and Goddess Subhadra. According to the legends, Lord Vishnu was worshiped at the place where Ananta Vasudeva Temple stands at present. The new temple was built in the 13th century by Queen Chandrika, the daughter of Anangabhima III, during the reign of the king Bhanudeva. The Marathas, who extended their empire up to river Mahanadi, were responsible for renovating the Vishnu Temple at Bhubaneswar in the late 17th Century.

The architecture of this temple looks like Lingaraja Temple and has Vaishnavite sculptures. It has longitudinal .....

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#4 of 22 Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

At a distance of 9 km from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Udayagiri & Khandagiri are two ancient Jain rock-cut caves located in the vicinity of Bhubaneswar. Called as twin hills caves, these caves are one of the most popular places to visit in Bhubaneswar and also one of the best places of heritage in Odisha.

Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves have derived their names, owing to their location on two hills, Udayagiri and Khandagiri. Mentioned as Kumari & Kumara Parvatas in Hathi Gumpha inscription, the two caves face each other across the road. These two hills represent one of the earliest groups of Jaina rock-cut architecture in eastern India in the field of architecture, art and religion. The caves of Udayagiri and Khandagiri, called Lena in the inscriptions, were dug out mostly during the reign of Kharavela for the abode of Jaina monks during 1st century BC. These caves were first brought to the notice by A. Stirling in 1825 AD.

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#5 of 22 Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

At a distance of 4 km from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Mukteswara Temple is an ancient Hindu temple in Bhubaneswar city of Orissa state. It is one of the oldest and the famous temples in Bhubaneswar and also one of the most visited Tourist Places in Bhubaneswar.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is renowned for its beautiful carvings and exquisite sculptural work. Built in 10th Century AD, the temple is a monument of importance in the study of the development of Hindu temples in Odisha. According to legend, the temple is considered to be one of the earliest temples of Somavamsi dynasty. Many scholars believe that this temple is the successor temple of Parasurameswara Temple and built earlier to the Brahmeswara Temple.

The temple is known as 'Gem of Odisha' because of its architecture. Mukteswara Temple is the real specimen of ancient and modern Kalinga School of architecture, blended perfectly in construction. The temple is a massive structure of 35 feet high and .....

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#6 of 22 Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

At a distance of 4 km from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Rajarani Temple is one of the most renowned and the famous temples situated towards north-east of Lingaraja Temple in Bhubaneshwar. Maintained by Archaeological Survey of India, it is one of the must visit tourist places in Bhubaneswar.

Built in 11th century CE, the Rajarani Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is referred in the traditional Sanskrit texts as Indresvara Shiva Temple. The temple is known for its sculptural excellence, profusion of ornaments, exuberant architectural features and multiple scroll work. The present name Rajarani has been derived from the local sandstone used to build it. Rajarani Temple is also called as 'Love Temple', because the temple contains the erotic carvings of women and couples. The temple has a lot of historical importance.

Rajarani Temple is built in the pancha ratha style on a raised platform with two structures, a central shrine called the Vimana with a bada (curvilinear spire) .....

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#7 of 22 Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

At a distance of 1.5 km from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Shri Ram Mandir is a beautiful temple situated near Kharavel Nagar in Bhubaneswar. Situated in the heart of city, it is one of the most famous temples for the devotees of Lord Rama and also one of the pilgrimage places to visit in Bhubaneswar City.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple is home to the beautiful images of Lord Rama, Lord Lakshmana and Goddess Sita. Built and managed by a private trust, the temple complex also comprises shrines devoted to Lord Hanuman, Lord Shiva and other gods. The idols are beautiful and garden in front of temple is well maintained. One can spend the whole evening with evening aarti with great peace of mind & spiritual feeling.

This newly built temple is characterized by large spires which can be visible from many parts of the city. The major festivals celebrated are Ram Navami, Vivaha Panchami, Janmashtami, Dussehra, Shivaratri, and Pana Sankranti. .....

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#8 of 22 Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

At a distance of 36 km from Konark, 58 km from Bhubaneswar, 82 km from Cuttack, 390 km from Rourkela, 407 km from Jamshedpur, 434 km from Vizag, 495 km from Kolkata, and 522 km from Ranchi, Puri is an ancient temple town situated along the coast of Bay of Bengal in Odisha. Puri is one of the places of original holy Char Dham Yatra of Hinduism and also one of the top places to experience Odisha Tourism.

Earlier called as ShriKhetra, Purushottama Khetra, and Jagannath Puri, Puri is home to the world famous Sri Jagannath Temple. Often referred as the spiritual capital of Odisha, Puri forms the Golden Triangle of Orissa along with Konark and Bhubaneswar. Puri became an important center of pilgrimage with the arrival of Gangas in the 12th century and emerged as one of the centers of Vaishnavism. Anantavarman Chodaganga, one of the powerful rulers of Puri, established the Purushottama Temple and later came to be known as the Jagannath Temple in the 15th century.

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Distance (From Bhubaneswar): 58 Kms
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#9 of 22 Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

At a distance of 36 km from Puri, 61 km from Bhubaneswar, 111 km from Ratanpur, 394 km from Rourkela, 408 km from Jamshedpur, 462 km from Vizag, 482 km from Raigarh and 522 km from Ranchi, Konark is a small town in Puri district of Odisha along the coast of Bay of Bengal. Renowned world over for the Sun Temple, Konark is one of the top tourist destinations in Odisha and also one of the popular places of heritage in India.

The name Konark is derived from two Sanskrit words - Kona meaning angle and Arka meaning sun, in reference to the temple which was dedicated to the Sun God. Also known as the Black Pagoda, the Sun Temple was built in black granite during the reign of Narasimhadeva-I. The temple resembles the mythical chariot of the Sun God and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. The temple is now mostly in ruins, and a collection of its sculptures is housed in the Sun Temple Museum, which is run by the Archaeological Survey of India.

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Distance (From Bhubaneswar): 61 Kms
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#10 of 22 Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

At a distance of 1 km from Rajarani Temple and 5.5 km from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Bhaskareswara Temple is an ancient temple situated near Brahmeswara Temple on Tankapani Road in Bhubaneswar. It is one of the oldest temples in Odisha and also one of the heritage places to visit in Bhubaneswar.

The temple was built by Gangas during 13th - 14th century CE. This temple is quite different from the other temples of Bhubaneswar in terms of its architecture. Built in the traditional architectural style of the temples of Orissa, Bhaskareswara temple is a double storied temple. The bada that is built in two tiers is a unique feature. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva worshiped as Bhaskareswara. The unique feature of the west facing temple is the 9 feet tall Shivalingam located in the sanctum sanctorum. It can be seen from both the floors. The lingam has been described in the local sacred texts as Vrihalingam. The local people believe that the idol is growing day by day.

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#11 of 22 Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

At a distance of 4.5 km from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Kedar Gauri Temple complex is a popular religious site located in Bhubaneswar. Situated behind the Mukteswara Temple, it is one among the eight Astasambu temples in Bhubaneswar.

Kedar Gauri Temple is actually a complex which consists of two separate temples, one is dedicated to Lord Shiva and another is to Goddess Parvati. Legend holds that King Lalatendu Kesari constructed these temples in dedication to two lovers named Kedar and Gauri. Even today, the lovers who want to get married come to this temple to get the blessing of the deities. Another legend holds that Lord Shiva along with Goddess Parvati came to this place from Varanasi, as he preferred a more silent place.

Kedar Temple is one of the two temples in the Kedar Gauri Temple complex. The architectural features of this temple resembles with Siddheswara Temple located in Mukteswara Temple complex. It was built by the Ganga Kings in the 12th century CE. This .....

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Museum

#12 of 22 Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

At a distance of 5 km from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Regional Museum of Natural History is a famous museum located near Acharaya Vihar Square on Sachivalaya Marg, Bhubaneswar. Because of its huge collection, this museum is considered as the third best Regional Museum of Natural History in India and also one of the best Tourist Places in Bhubaneswar.

The Regional Museum of Natural History in Bhubaneswar was established in the year 2004 under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. The main motive behind the establishment of the museum is to create awareness about the environment and promoting conservation education among the general public and students.

The museum exhibits plants, animals and vibrant geology of Odisha, North East region and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Visitors are taken through the fascinating biodiversity gallery and a separate section dedicated to the lesser-known north-east biodiversity. Other interesting displays of the museum .....

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#13 of 22 Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

At a distance of 4.5 km from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Bindu Sagar Lake or Bindu Sarovar is a sacred lake located to the north of the Lingaraja Temple and to the east of the Ananta Vasudeva Temple in Bhubaneswar Odisha. It serves as a popular picnic spot and also one of the top places to visit in Bhubaneswar.

Surrounded by numerous temples and shrines, Bindu Sagar Lake is considered as the largest water body of Bhubaneswar. According to legends, Bindu Sagar Lake was created by Lord Shiva by bringing water from all the holy places to quench the thirst of Goddess Parvati. Hence it is believed that a dip in the Bindu Sagar Lake would wash away all the sins and get rid of all their diseases by drinking the holy water.

Also known as Ocean Drop Tank, the lake is 1,300 feet long and 700 feet wide. It consists of a tiny island with several shrines in its middle. The tank has embankments on all the four sides. The temple of Ananta Vasudeva stands on the eastern embankment across .....

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#14 of 22 Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

At a distance of 17 km from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Nandankanan Zoological Park is a zoo and botanical garden lies in the vicinity of Kanjia Lake in Bhubaneswar. It is one of the biggest and largest zoo parks in India and also one of the famous Bhubaneswar Tourist Places.

Spread over an area of 400 hectares, Nandankanan was established in 1960 and declared as a sanctuary and zoo in 1979. It became the first zoo in India to join World Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2009. This reserve area is being stretched across the area of 4.37 sq. km where the protected area is of 3.62 sq. km. Nandankanan, literally meaning 'The Garden of Heavens', includes the 134-acres Kanjia Lake. Due to its rare offerings and serene setting, the park has been now emerged as a much sought after picnic destination for both locals as well as tourists.

Located in the greenish environment of Chandaka Forest, Nandankanan is world renowned for its white tigers. Today, the park has more than 34 .....

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#15 of 22 Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

At a distance of 12 km from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Dhauligiri Hills is an historical site located on the banks of River Daya in Bhubaneshwar. It is one of the most popular Tourist Places in Bhubaneswar and also one of the important places of heritage in Odisha.

Set in a serene and peaceful environment, Dhauli is well known for its famous rock edicts of Ashoka. Dhauli hill is presumed to be the area where Kalinga War was fought and won by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka in 265 BC. It is in these hills that Ashoka adopted the path of dharma after the gruesome Kalinga war. According to the legend, the water of the River Daya turned red with the blood of the deceased in the terrible Kalinga War. When Ashoka saw this he was taken aback and realized the aftermath of a war. After that, He made the principles of dharma as his prime priority.

Later, the King Ashoka made Dhauligiri to be a renowned Buddhist center. The emperor built several chaityas, stupas and pillars in and around .....

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#16 of 22 Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

At a distance of 1 km from Lingaraja Temple and 4 km from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Parashurameswara Temple is an ancient temple situated next to Mukteswar Temple in Bhubaneswar. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Parashurameswara Temple is believed to be one of the oldest temples in Odisha and also one of the most prominent Bhubaneswar Tourist Places. The temple is maintained and administered by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Built in 650 AD, Parashurameswar Temple is a small but marvelously decorated shrine of Lord Shiva dated to the Shailodbhava period. The temple is considered one among the Parashurameswara group of temples. The temple is an excellent specimen of the Kalinga architectural style. The temple contains a vimana and a jagamohana. The vimana is square in plan and the walls have sections called rathas or pagas. The vimana has a curvilinear tower (called bada) in the form of a pyramid composed of horizontal planes. Amalaka, a stone disk with ridges on the rim, is placed .....

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#17 of 22 Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

At a distance of 6.5 km from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, ISKCON Temple is located in the heart of Bhubaneswar city. It is one of the beautiful and well maintained places to visit in Bhubaneswar.

Built by the ISKCON, International Society for Krishna Consciousness, in 1991, this temple serves as an alternative to Lord Jagannath Temple of Puri as that temple is restricted to Indians. It houses Lord Krishna, Balarama, Gaura Nithai, Subhadra and Jagannatha. Focused on propagating and educating spiritual knowledge, techniques of spiritual life to society at large, the temple follows the great scriptures of India, Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.

Built with white stone, the temple looks like a half open lotus or a blooming lotus. Showcasing the ideology of the ISKCON movement, the temple organises kirtans, bhajans and pooja on a regular basis. The temple also promotes the sankirtana movement, congregational chanting of the holy name of God. Different Vaishnav festivals are .....

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#18 of 22 Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

At a distance of 700 m from Lingaraja Temple and 4.5 km from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Vaital Deula Temple or Baitala Deuḷa is an ancient Hindu temple situated on the banks of Bindu Sarovara in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Locally known as 'Tini Mundia Mandira', it is one of the oldest temples in Bhubaneswar.

The Vaital Temple is an 8th century temple of typical Khakara style of Kalinga School of architecture. This is one of the rare temples in India that was used as a shrine devoted to tantric cult. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Chamundi, the tantric form of Goddess Durga. The temple is one of the most highly revered ones among the Hindus and a large number of devotees come to offer their prayers on some auspicious occasions.

The deul or tower of the temple is the most striking feature of the temple. The semi-cylindrical shape of its roof bears an affinity to the Dravidian gopuram of the South India temples. The plan of the deul is oblong and the jagamohana is a rectangular .....

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#19 of 22 Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

At a distance of 4.5 km from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Mohini Temple is one of the beautiful temples located on the southern banks of Bindu Sagar Lake in Bhubaneswar. It is one of the popular temples of Shakti in Bhubaneswar and also among the places to visit in Bhubaneswar.

The temple is dedicated to ten armed Chamundi Devi. The temple was built by Mohini Devi, the Queen of Bhauma King Sivakara Deva II, in 687 CE, hence the name Mohini Temple. Standing to a height of about 9.45 m, the Mohini Temple architectural feature bears a close resemblance to the Parasurameswar Temple. The sanctum sanctorum has rekha type vimana and Jagamohana is pidha type. The damaged Jagamohana has been renovated recently. The temple is tri ratha on plan and tri anga bada in elevation.

The presiding deity image is terrific and is depicted in tantric form in sunken belly, wearing garlands of skulls and standing on a corpse. In the same sanctum there is an idol of a six-armed image of Mahishasuramardini .....

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#20 of 22 Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

At a distance of 1.5 km from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Odisha State Museum is a popular museum in Bhubaneswar. Renowned for its huge collection of manuscripts on palm leaves, this is one of the famous places to visit in Bhubaneswar.

Odisha State Museum was established in 1932 by Prof. N. C Banerjee & Prof. Ghanshyam Das. The museum started with a small display of archaeological treasures from several places. The small museum was then housed within the premises of the College. In 1938, by a suitable order, the Government of Odisha transformed this nucleus into the Provincial museum of Odisha. Today, it houses has an extensive collection of arts and artifacts. It is now maintained by the state government in collaboration with the Archaeological Department of India.

The museum is divided into eleven sections such as Archaeology, Epigraphy, Numismatics, Armoury, Mining & Geology, Natural History, Art & Craft, Contemporary Art, Patta Painting, Anthropology and Palm leaf Manuscripts. .....

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#21 of 22 Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

At a distance of 7 km from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, The Museum of Tribal Arts & Artifacts is a tribal museum located in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Popularly known as Tribal Museum and conceptually labeled as Museum of Man, it is one of the best tribal museums in India and also one of the popular places to visit in Bhubaneswar.

Tribal Museum in Bhubaneswar was established in the year 1953. This Museum is an integrated part of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Research and Training Institute (SCSTRTI). The main aim of the museum is to protect and promote the Tribal culture of the state. The museum exhibits a wide spectrum of the tribal treasure of Odisha. In 2010, this museum is recognized as the best among the 21 Tribal Museums in India by UNESCO.

The museum is divided into 5 separate halls, each depicting an aspect from the lifestyle of the local tribes. The Museum of Tribal Art and Artifacts currently houses about 2,247 artifacts. There are dresses and ornaments, dokra .....

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#22 of 22 Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

At a distance of 10 km from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Chausath Yogini Temple is a Hindu temple situated at Hirapur, Bhubaneswar. Of the four Chausath Yogini temples surviving in India, the Hirapur temple is the only active one. Situated on the bans of Bhargavi River, it is one of the famous places to visit near Bhubaneswar.

Also known as Mahamaya Temple, the temple is believed to be built by the Queen Hiradevi of Bhauma dynasty during the 9th century. The Hirapur Temple is the smallest of the Yogini temples in India. It measures only thirty feet in diameter, and is hardly eight feet high. It is built in a circular fashion with blocks of sand stone. The Yogini traditions are tantric in nature and therefore have strong connections to rural and tribal traditions.

Adorned in red cloth and vermilion, Mahamaya is the presiding deity of the temple. The interior walls of the temple contains 60 niches, one each for the Yogini statues, two feet tall, sculpted from fine grey chlorite .....

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