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About Lingaraj Temple

Lingaraj Temple is the oldest and largest Temple dedicated to Lord Harihara, a form of Lord ShivaShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
located at Bhubaneshwar, Orissa. The magnificent Temple was built by the King Jayati Keshari, who belonged to the Soma Vansh. The ancient Temple has been referred in the BrahmaBrahmaBrahma
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Purana, a Hindu sacred scripture. The present structure of the Temple was built in the 11th Century.

Historical Significance
The word Lingaraj literally is derived from Lingam, which is believed to be the iconic form of Lord Shiva. Therefore, Shiva was worshipped as Kirtivasa and later as Harihara He is the representation of Vishnu and Shiva fused together. He is considered as the supreme God by Vaishnavites and Shaivities. He presents the principal of oneness of all existence. They both are considered as one and same entity. They are a single entity of the Brahman. It is presented as an image or idol split down in half. One side represents Shiva with matted hair, pale skin with ash smeared forehead whereas the other half represents Vishnu with a half crown on his head and some jewelry. He is black-skinned and holiness is visible on his face. commonly referred to as Tribhuvaneshwara, which is a unique amalgamation of three worlds, heaven, earth and netherworld.
There is evidence that part of the Temple was built during the sixth Century as mentioned in the ancient Sanskrit scriptures. Fergusson believes that the Temple might have been initiated by Lalat Indu Keshari, who reigned the throne from 615 to 657 C.E.
 

The assembly hall, sanctum and temple tower were built during the first half of the 11th Century while the hall of offering was built during the 12th Century. The Lingaraj Temple consists of 150 smaller shrines in its courtyard. The Temple is divided into four parts namely, Garbha Griha, Yagna Shala, Bhog Mandap and the Natya Shala.
 

Legend of Lord Harihara
The Lingam of the deity is believed to the form of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The Lingam is worshipped as Swayambhu (Self-Originated) and the Chakra along with the Trident are seen on either side of the door which refers to both the Gods respectively. Also, Hari It is another name of Lord Vishnu.means Lord VishnuVishnuVishnu
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and Hara refers to Lord Shiva.
 

The huge image of Lord Harihara is made up of granite stone, and Lingaraj is bathed in water, milk and bhang every day by the devotees and pilgrims. The Lingaraj Temple depicts the rich legacy of Indian cultures and traditions. The Temple ecstasy is divine and worth feeling at last once!
 

Architecture
The extraordinary structure of the Temple is inspired by the Kalinga style of architecture witch aesthetic sculptures etched in red sandstone. The Lingaraj Temple is made of the darkest stone with walls made from laterite and sandstone.
 

The temple has been built in the Deula style with four major components like Vimana, Jagamohana, Natamandira and Bhoga-Mandapa. The Dance Hall was associated with the raising prominence of the devdasi system that existed during the time.
 

Special Events
According to the Hindu mythology, there is an underground river originating from the Lingaraj Temple and fills up a massive Bindusagar Tank, the water is believed to be sacred and heal the physical and spiritual ailments. Thus, the pilgrims and devotees every year take a dip in the holy water during special occasions.
 

Shivaratri is the main festival celebrated here with pomp and glory during the Phalgun month when thousands of devotees worship Lord Lingaraj.  After observing a full day fasting, the devotees offer bel leaves to Lord Harihara and break their fast after the Mahadipa is rekindled with the flame of joy.
Every year, chariot festival is celebrated on Ashokaashtami where the deity is taken on the chariot to the Rameshwar Deula Temple.
 

Located In: The Lingaraj Temple is located at Bhubaneshwar, Orissa.
 

Built In: The Lingaraj Temple is believed to be built during the 11th Century CE by the King Jayati Keshari.
 

Dedicated To: The Lingaraj Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva as the prime deities.
 

Attraction: The major attraction to the Lingaraj Temple are the grand festivals like Shivratri and Ashokashtami celebrated with joy and happiness.
 

Hotels: There are various hotels near and around the Temple like Mayfair London, Trident Bhubaneshwar, Empire’s Tower, Pal Heights, The Crown, Ginger, etc. to serve you a happy and comfortable stay.

 

 



 


 
 

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