It was the eighth and final day in Odisha. By far I had visited almost every possible place of the state. Our trip was not just limited to Bhubaneswar itself but it spread across multiple parts of Odisha, starting from Puri sea beach to Duduma Waterfalls. I was a happy person in that moment and it was the day when I had to sign off and bid adieu to the lovely state. Therefore on the final day, all decided to make a visit to some temple in the city and what could have been less better than the Lingaraj temple in Old Town?
We sped off in a city bus which took us to the Old Town square where the temple is located. From the Old Town square, it was just a walkway distance and we walked it by referring to few people starting on the roads.
The temple is dedicated to Harihara, who is an incarnation of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The temple is quite old and the largest temple of the city. The temple was built in the 11th century by King Jajati Keshari. There are several houses within the temple which are also believed to be as old as 6th or 7th century. The rich and dignifying culture of Odisha is truly ecstatic. I was delighted to be a part of the state which has so many beautiful cultures associated with it.
The temple is built in the Kalinga architecture style with large numbers of images that were carved on the surface of the temple. There are different parts within the temple which are divided to four main components. The vimana, bhoga mandapa, jagamohana and natamandira are the different parts of the temple. The vimana is the central structure where the sanctum is located. The bhoga mandapa is the place where offerings are made to the deity.
Jagamohana is the assembly hall where as the natamandira is the place where festivals are held. Apart from all these there are carvings on the wall which make the temple one of its kinds. The pristine and gigantic image of Lord Lingaraj is worshipped by hundreds of followers. During Shiva Ratri, the place accumulates a visitor count of more than 5000.