9 Amazing Facts About The Glorious Shiva Temples Of Bhubaneswar
Bhubaneswar has rightly earned the nom-de-plume of ‘Temple City. Once home to about 700 temples, it replicates the cultural richness and religious fervour of the state like no other. Home to a numerous Shiva temples, the city becomes abuzz with thousands of devotees on the auspicious day of Shiv-ratri.
The several Shaivite temples located in the city exhibit uniqueness in their own way. Following are some of the important Shiva temples and interesting facts pertaining to these temples devoted to Lord Shiva.
1. The Lingaraja temple is considered to be the largest temple in Bhubaneswar. The temple soars to a height of 180 ft amidst 150 other smaller shrines located inside its huge courtyard.
2. The present structure of the Lingaraja temple is believed to have been built during 11th century, however some parts of the temple dates back to 6th century as well.
3. If Lingaraja temple is the largest then Parsurameswara temple is believed to be the oldest temple in the city.
4. The most fascinating fact about the 650 A.D built Parsurameswara temple is that it comprises ‘Sahasralingam’ (one thousand lingams) in its courtyard.
5. It is the only temple to have ‘Naga figures’ on its door jambs and the iconography portrayed has a strong imprint of Buddhism style.
6. As evident from its very name, It is believed that, one dip in its holy spring and then worshipping the linga inside is equal to one crore pilgrimages.
7. The magnificent Mukteswara temple famous for the Resplendent dance festival is made completely out of sandstone and is famous for its lavishly carved arch in the front. Prominently found are ‘Gaja Simha’ and ‘Naga’ columns.
8. Shaped like a full volume pyramid this temple has been carved both inside out. While the interiors are adorned with tantric images, the exteriors are decorated with carvings and figures of Hindu gods and goddesses, religious scenes and birds & animals.
9. The Linga is kept submerged in water at all times due to its power. You can also spectate the intricately crafted sculptures of erotic couples on the walls of this ancient temple.
Apart from these majestic temples, you can also visit the sacred Bindusagar Tank where the Lord performs Nauka vihar and the Ananta Baudev Temple devoted to Lord Vishnu which is famous for its massive kitchen where Prasad of the likes of Jagannath Temple, Puri is prepared. You can take away those immensely tasty Prasad items or have it there itself.
Soak yourself in the religious spirit and lead a positive life with the blessings of Lord Shiva.