Bhubaneshwar is an ancient city in India’s eastern state of Odisha, formerly Orissa. It is the largest city in Odisha and is a center of economic and religious importance in Eastern India. Visitors come to Bhubaneswar for the sandstone temples dotted around the Bindu Sagar Lake in the old city. Our tour visit several of these ancient temples.Highlights • Mukteshwara Deula, The Mukteswar Temple • Rajarani Temple • Brahmeshwara Temple • Parashurameswar Temple • Siddheshwar Temple
You will be picked up from your hotel and you will start the tour with a visit to Mukteshwar Temple. It is one of the most prominent temples of Bhubaneswar. It was built in the 10th century and is considered to be the gem of Orrisan Architecture. This Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva.Rajarani Temple is also among the renowned temples in Bhubaneswar. The temple is believed to have been known originally as Indreswara. It is locally known as a "love temple" because of the erotic carvings of women and couples in the temple. Rajarani Temple is built in the pancharatha style on a raised platform with two structures: a central shrine called the vimana (sanctum) with a bada (curvilinear spire) over its roof rising to a height of 59 ft, and a viewing hall called jagamohana with a pyramid roof. The temple was constructed of red and yellow sandstone locally called "Rajarani". There are no images inside the sanctum. Hence, it is not associated with a specific sect of Hinduism but broadly classified as Saivite. Outside the temple are sculptures of the guardians of the 8 cardinal and ordinal directions.Brahmeshwara Temple built around 11th century, is another Siva-linga temple famous for its intricately carved sculptures inside and out. The Brahmeswara temple is somewhat similar to the much earlier Mukteswar Temple, including the carved interior of the Jagmohana. There are quite a number of innovations including the introduction of a great number of musicians and dancers on the exterior walls. For the first time in temple architectural history, iron beams are used. On the sandstone walls are symbolic decorations of godlike figures helping the believer in meditation.Parashurameswar Temple, built in 650 AD, is one of the oldest temples existing in Bhubaneshwar. A typical example of the Orissan style of temple architecture, the temple features pine spire curving up to a point over the sanctum and the pyramid-covered Jagamohana. This small and richly decorated shrine has sculptures of amorous couples, animals and floral designs.Siddheshwar Temple is a typical Orissan Temple with a very graceful figure of Lord Ganesh.You will be brought back to your hotel at the conclusion of your tour.