Temple City of India – Bhubaneswar
The Temple City of India, Bhubaneswar is in the state of Odisha or Orissa as it was known earlier, in India.
Bhuvaneswar is known as the Temple City of India as there are innumerable temples across Bhuvaneswar which once had around 2000 temples. Bhuvaneswar is an important Hindu pilgrimage center in India. It boasts of around 500 temples, which may be the highest in any part of the world.
The most famous temple in the temple city is ‘Lingaraj Temple’. It is more than 1000 years old and is among one of the tallest Shiva temples in India.
Vaital Temple, Ananta Vasudeva Temple, Muktesvara Temple, and Rajarani Temple are some of the major temples in the temple city.
The Temple City of India Bhubaneswar, by name, means, the seat of Tribhubaneswar or ‘Lord Lingaraj’. This City’s history dates back to a minimum of 3000 years, starting with the Mahamegha-bahana Chedi dynasty in the 2nd century BCE.
This temple city is on the Eastern Coastal Plains.
Main Festivals of Temple City of India Bhubaneswar
The main festival day is Ashokashtami which comes in March or April. During this festival, the image of Lingaraja or Lord Shiva and other deities are taken from Lingaraja Temple in a procession to the Mausima Temple and is kept there for four days. Lacks of devotees participate in the ‘Rukuna Rath’ or ‘Rath-Yatra’ or ‘Temple car Festival’ which carries the deities.
Durga Puja in September / October is another major festival here. Deepavali, Ganesh Pooja, and Saraswathi Pooja being other major festivals.
How Do I Go to the Temple City of India, Bhubaneswar?
The Temple City of India is well connected by road, rail, and air to the rest of India. Bhubaneswar is well connected to Puri by Bhubaneswar Puri Transport Services Limited (BPTSL) under the JNNURM scheme of central and state government partnerships. Buses will run from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Bhubaneswar airport is the nearest airport. BBS is the code for Bhubaneswar railway station in Indian Railway and Catering Corporation’s site, irctc.co.in, for booking tickets online.