Bhubaneswar, the capital Orissa, literally means the Lord (eswar) of the Universe (bhuban), is a hub of historic temples. The present modern city of Bhubaneswar established in 1946 was designed by the German architect Otto Königsberger and forms a part of the Golden Triangle of holy temple cities Puri and Konark.
Biju Patnaik Park - opened for public recently is located in Berhampur.
Bindu Sarovara - also known as Bindu Sagar or the Ocean Drop (Bindu means drop) Tank, is considered sacred and located near the temples in Bhubaneswar. A large number of temples surround this tank and it is believed that this sacred lake contains drops of water from every holy rivers, pools and tanks of India.
Brahmeshwara Temple - an ancient temple built in the 11th century is surrounded by four smaller shrines. The main deity is a Shivaling, idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Shiva. The Temple constructed in Orissa architectural style, is renowned for its artistic sculptures.
Dhauli Giri - near Bhubaneswar is adorned with a rock edict erected by the Great Emperor Ashoka of Maurya Dynasty. After the kalinga war Ashoka renounced war, embraced Buddhism and became an ambassador of non violence. The edict here inscribes Ashoka's preachings. This edict was installed in the 3rd century and is preserved well.
ISKCON Temple - is located in the heart of the Bhubaneswar. Daily Bhajans and Poojas are offered in this ISKCON temple.
Lingaraj Temple - an ancient temple built in the 7th century, is a majestic monument of Oriyan architectural style and craftsmanship. The temple, a massive structure of 147 feet high, is enclosed by fortified walls and is surrounded by many ancient small shrines. The Unique feature and identity of the temple is the main deity, a Swayambhu Linga, a merge of Half Vishnu and Half Shiva. The annual chariot festival in the month of April is very famous.
Mukteswara Temple - a 10th century old monument, is located in the heart of Bhubaneswar city and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Nandankanan Zoo - located in the midst of greenish environment of Chandaka Forest is composed of a botanical Garden, a sanctuary and a zoo and is in the shore of picturesque Kanjia Lake. The animals in the zoo include white tigers. The zoo is also a home to the Captive Gharial Crocodile breeding center.
Orissa State Museum- Exhibits a collection of archaeological objects, art and craft objects, natural history objects, Bronze Age tools and stone sculptures. The museum show cases items like bronze images, traditional and folk musical instruments, coins, copper plates, prehistoric objects, ethnological objects and armory. The Museum is famed for its huge collection of manuscripts on palm-leaves. A palm leaf manuscript of 12th century devotional poem Gita Govinda is on display.
Parasurameswara Temple - a marvelously decorated shrine of Lord Shiva, is one of the oldest temples in Bhubaneswar, constructed in 650 A. D.
Raj Rani Temple - dates back to 11th century and the unique feature is of the absence of presiding deity. The temple is built with red gold sandstones known as rajrani locally and hence the name of the temple Raj Rani Temple. No pujas are offered here.
Tribal Museum - shows the tribal life styles and cultures. The museum showcases a good collection of stone sculptures, metal objects and images, wooden objects, anthropological objects, jewelry, textiles and terracotta.
Vaital Deul Temple - a Tantric temple constructed during the eight century, belongs to an offshoot of Kalinga School, the Khakhara order and the main deity is Chamunda, the Tantric form of Goddess Durga. The temple is believed to be the major center for Tantric worship and training. The temple showcases a style of worshipping with a mix of elements from particular sects of Buddhism and Hinduism.
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