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7 Small But Amazing Temples in the 'Temple City' Bhubaneswar

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Bhubaneswar was the capital city of the ancient Kalinga, the land of fighters who gave stiff competition to Ashoka - the great, in the Kalinga war in 260 BCE. Though this city is one of the planned cities of the modern India, it has been the capitals for many kings hailing from many dynasties who ruled Kalinga in different times. The Supreme God of the city is Lord Shiva since the name Bhubaneswar itself is derived from "Tribhubaneswar". You will find temples in each and every corner of the city. Let’s look at some of the most beautiful small temples of Bhubaneswar so that you won't miss the chance to visit those temples in your next visit to the city.


7 Small But Amazing Temples in the 'Temple City' Bhubaneswar:

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1. Bhaskareswara Temple

Bhaskareswara Temple
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source: Pranabandhu Nayak

Built in sometime between 8th to 10th Century AD by the rulers of Ganga dynasty, this temple houses a giant 9 feet Shiva Linga. The surrounding of the temple is well-maintained for visitors with free entry to the temple.

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2. Bramheswara Temple

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The name Bramheswar is the combination of two terms i.e. 'Brahma' and 'Iswar' which means the 'God of Lord Bramha'. Built in between 1000-1100 century AD by Somavamsi king Udyotakesari this temple houses the Lingam of Lord Shiva. It is built with the Kalingan style architecture, the inner wall of the temple is engraved with various art and crafts.

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3. Megheswar Temple

Megheswar Temple
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This Shiva temple is the temple built for the "Iswar of Megha" which literally means the God of the Rain. It is built in the 12th Century AD. The outer wall of the temple is nicely engraved with a lot of artwork. 

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4. Mukteswar Temple

Mukteswar Temple
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source: Pranabandhu Nayak

This 10th-century temple of Bhubaneswar is one of the few well-maintained temples in the city. In the middle of lush green lawn, the main temple is surrounded by number of small temples. It is believed to be built by Somavanshi King Yajati I.

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5. Parsurameswara Temple

Parsurameswara Temple
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source: Pranabandhu Nayak

Parsurameswara is considered to be the oldest existing temple in the city built in the 650 AD. It houses the combination of lord Shiva and Shakti. The outer wall of the temple is engraved with the idols of Lord Parsuram, Lord Indra, Surya among others. 

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6. Rajarani Temple

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Rajarani Temple, built in the 11th century, is the most scenic temple of the city. It symbolises love due to the erotic carvings of women and couples. Presently there are no deities present inside the temple. The temple was built using a type of stone called "Rajarani stone" hence taking the name Rajarani temple. 

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7. Chausathi Jogini Temple

Chausathi Jogini Temple
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As per Hindu belief, Shiva is incomplete without Shakti and this ruined temple is dedicated to Shakti the wife of Lord Shiva. Built in the 9th Century AD by queen Hira Devi of Bramha dynasty, 56 idols of Shakti, made up of black granite stones on a circular wall are worshipped in this temple.


Written by Pranabandhu Nayak

A software engineer by chance and a traveller by choice. Born and brought up in Odisha, currently living in Bangalore. Passionate about travelling and exploring places.

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