Temples & monuments
Explore the glorious architecture of Odisha with Orissa Tourism
Orissa Tourism will take you to visit the historical monuments that are well-known for its ancient architecture built without modern technology. Since the 6th century AD Kalinga, which is now known as Odisha has been developing its architecture. The beauty of these ancient made historic temples and monuments will lock your eyes when you see them in real. Although every district in Odisha has beautiful architecture but certain districts like Khurda, Puri, Bolangir, Dhenkanal, and Cuttack are rich in architectural monuments and Temples. Each monument carries a story that will give you the idea of its existence liked with the rulers of Odisha and the people who have done immense hard work in building it.
Odisha has several prehistoric caves, monasteries and sacred temples that has always been a center of attraction for the tourist and pilgrimage. Some of the famous temples are the Lingaraj temple, Sun temple at Konark, and Jagannath Temple. The famous caves are the Khandagiri, and Udayagiri caves known for their wide history. To boost your spiritual believes this place is the place for several devotees. Odisha is a place where people have huge respect for festivals, traditions, and culture. On special occasions, people would visit these temples to seek devotion and spirituality.
- Dhauli Hills: Dhauli is situated on the banks of the Daya River. It is approximately 8 km away from the capital city, Bhubaneswar. Shanti Stupa of Dhauligiri is also known as the Peace shrine Dhauligiri. Shanti is English is known as peace, Dhuali was built by King Ashoka. This came into existence after King Ashoka adopted the path of peace and tranquillity. This is one of the destinations where several Buddhist devotees gather for seeking devotion. The Shanti stupa speaks about the remarkable journey of King Ashoka and how Shanti stupa become the end of the Kalinga war and the beginning of Buddhism in Odisha. This place is one of the most popular places that is most visited by foreigners as well as Indians. The foundation of the Shanti stupa of Dhauligiri was supported by the guru Fuji. You will also see a lot of stupas, chatiyas as well as pillars. After the war, King Ashoka believed in wide-spreading peace, joy, and contentment around the world.
- Konark Temple: Konark temple otherwise known as the sun temple of Odisha is another world-famous temple known for its historical architecture. It was built in the reign of King Narasimhadeva in the 13th century. It was declared as a world heritage site in the year 1984 by UNESCO. This place is filled with a hundred centuries old traces, Indian rituals, and beautiful tranquillity that will make you feel joyful and happy. Konark beauty, charm, and uniqueness that attracts a lot of tourists every year to Odisha. There are famous Konark temple festivals that are well-known by the locals and tourists, where amazing classical Odissi dance is performed. This performance bestows a delight for the visitor’s eyes. The beautiful structure reflects the illustration of the Oriya structural design. Shaped like a giant chariot, the Konark temple is known for its precise stone craving that covers the complete structure. The antique temple is built without any modern technology with the help of several laborers that worked day and night to build the temple.
- Lingaraj Temple: This temple is located in the city of the temple, Bhubaneswar of Odisha. The impeccable design was designed in the 11th century. It is considered as the largest temple in the city. It was built by the King Jajati keshari who was from the soma dynasty. This temple is based on the god Harihar who is believed to be the reincarnation of lord Shiva and lord Vishnu. The temple’s standout appearance reflects the brilliance of Kalinga architecture. There is a vast use of red sandstones in the architecture that stretches over a large area of land. There are nearly about 50 shrines sited in the extensive country yard of the temple. The temple is 180 feet tall from the top of the temple. The temple has some major factors such as vimana (structure containing the sanctum), Nata Mandira (festival hall) Jaganmohan (assembly hall), and bhoga-mandapa (hall of offerings). The temple gets a huge crowd during ‘Mahashiva Ratri’ and several other occasions.
- Jagannath Temple: Welcome to the sacred land of spirituality and devotion. Visiting Sri Jagannath Temple is like visiting the land of God. Lord Jagannath is otherwise known as the lord of the universe. Every year millions of people travel to Odisha to specially visit the Jagannath temple. This historic sacred monument was built in the 12th century AD. It is an epicenter for several tourists seeking for a single glace of Lord Jagannath, and his siblings. This temple is also locally known as Sri Kshetra temple and Badadeula. This is one of the four abodes (Char Dham) where a mass amount of people visit for gain moksha (salvation). Several astonishing facts are related to the temple that have news over the globe. This popular destination is also known for its popular Rath Yatra (chariot festival) that happens once a year as a public procession. During Rath Yatra people from around the world come to visit. This is one of the prestigious occasion for Odisha and its people.
- Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves: This is one of the most fascinating caves found in Odisha. They are located nearly about 7 Km away from the capital city of Odisha. These hills are known as the sunrise hill and the other known as the broken hill respectively. There are 18 caves found in Udaygiri and 15 caves in Khandagiri which comes to a total of 33 caves. These caves were built for the Jain monks. The Jain monks will do mediation in these caves for years. The history of Odisha is well represented by the Hathigumpha Inscription situated in the Hathigumpha cave found in Udaygiri is a very important site you must not miss. These caves were built in the 2nd century and have been well-restored by the Government of Odisha. You will also find the Brahmi inscription that has been carved in the walls of these caves. This is known as the primordial of the Brahmi script.