Temples in Odisha (Orissa)


Temples of Orissa are famous all over the world for their rich cultural heritage, art and architecture. These temples have been mostly built in Indo -Aryan Nagara style. Most of the Orissa temples have a rich historical background. Some of the most well-known Orissan temples are Sun temple at Konark, Lingaraja temple at Bhubaneshwar, Jagannath temple at Puri. Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Orissa is the abode of most of the temples.

Most of the Orissan kings in order to show their devotion towards the respective gods and goddesses built innumerable temples. These temples display the rich culture and tradition of the then kings. Some of the temples are exquisitely designed and they portray the lives of the kings and queens who ruled the kingdom of Orissa. Most of the temples built in Orissa follow a typical structure. The temples are mostly divided into two sections. Usually the "bhogmandir" and the "natmandir"can be found in the frontal region of the jaganmohan.

Shree Jagannath temple located centrally at Puri was built in the 12th century. The temple displays to their visitors the excellent Kalinga architectural style. The Black Pagoda or the Sun temple at Konark is an exquisite piece of art in the history of temples. Lingaraj temple is another of its kind that is named after the priapic symbol enclosed in it. There are around 65 temples under the Lingaraj temple. Satrughaneshwar temple built in the 6th century is one of the oldest temples of Orissa. It has been built in the style of a Sikhara temple. The temple is known for its rich architecture and sculptures. Swarnajaleswar temple depicts the image of Lord Shiva's nuptial ceremony.

Famous Temples of Odisha (Orissa) :

Jagannath Temple Puri
Architecture of Jagannath Temple
Konark Sun Temple
Legend of Jagannath Temple
Temples in Bhubaneshwar
Brahmeshwar Temple
Mukteswar Temple
Parasurameswar Temple
Rajarani Temple
Vaital Deul Temple