Sunday, April 21, 2013

Bhubaneshwar, City of Temples

Bhubaneshwar is the capital of Orissa and is a very ancient city. Today its has two distinctive regions the old town and the modern town. The city came into existence in 2nd century when the place was under the control of Mahamegha-bahana Chedi dynasty.



It is often referred to as a "City of Temples" as there are many Hindu temples with kalinga architecture. There are also Jain and Buddhist shrines around the city. The city was the ancient capital of the Kalinga Empire between 7th century and 11th century. The architectural legacy of the period can be seen even today. The temples here are regarded as having been built from the 8th to 12th centuries.

The prominent attractions that we have seen here are:

Other interesting places nearby are:

We reached this place from Bangalore by flight at around 12 p.m. But on that it rained and we could visit only few temples on that day.

41 comments:

Magia da Inês said...

Arquitetura fantástica.

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Vee said...

Have we caught a glimpse of you and your family? How neat! Such intriguing architecture you share.

eileeninmd said...

There are so many temples, have your visited them all. They are beautiful and the details and carvings are wonderful. Have a happy week!

krishna said...

love to see the photos.. when i went there, i couldn't take snaps properly. did you watch the flag change at jagannath temple? that's a spectacular event..

acreativeharbor.com said...

Very creative mosaic photos of your beautiful country for MM ~ Wonderful post ^_^

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Incredible...so many beautiful temples in that one city.

Team G Square said...

Wonderful tour of Bhubaneshwar.

Maria Kristina Maano said...

Asking Mr. Google now about Kalinga Empire ;)

Looks like a nice place to explore temples and religion.

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Very informative post...

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful temples, it would be very interesting to visit.

Jeevan said...

No wonder it is called city of temples! Your list is an example. Excellent photos on the temple towers. Hope u had great time apart chilling with rain :)

Mama Zen said...

Great shots!

Leovi said...

Wonderful photos are gorgeous, beautiful temples!

Sylvia K said...

So many beautiful, amazing temples, Rajesh, and your captures are are marvelous! Thanks for sharing with us!!

Gary said...

Fantastic area!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Photo Cache said...

Amazing how many temples there are in India. Did they make a survey on the number of temples in India?

Fun60 said...

There are so many temples to visit I wouldn't know where to start.

Lowell said...

You have such a rich cultural and religious history - and so diverse in many ways. I'm impressed with your knowledge of these areas and wonder if you studied all these regions and dynasties in school?

I assume those handsome people in the photo include you and your family!

Al said...

Amazing temples and nice shots of them. They look so solid!

universalrover said...

Surely worth visiting :)

ladyfi said...

What a great place to visit!

Kiran palwasha said...

Very nice post. I love visiting such temples and old sites. I am following you now.

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice post!

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LifeRamblings said...

beautiful series of temples.

anthonynorth said...

Beautiful places.

Roger Owen Green said...

opulent!

George said...

These temples are simply amazing. I really like the style. I hope you can share more from this historic city.

photowannabe said...

Such amazing ancient architecture.
Thank you for sharing with us.

richies said...

Amazing temples

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Nanka said...

The rich heritage of Orissa!! 'O' so Perfect!!
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Joy said...

A very distinctive architectural style, I like the Puri photo contrast between the white and dark.

Akshay Kumar G said...

City of temples it is. Beautiful pictures of some amazing architecture. :)

Marja said...

wow what a beautiful temple Would love to see it with my own eyes

Anna said...

What a great pictures, Rajesh!
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Chubskulit Rose said...

I really wish that I could see those beautiful buildings and structure someday.


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Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating this place. We shall explore it in detail.

Margaret said...

Another of my favorite places in Bhubaneshwar-- the zoo!

Lucy Corrander at Loose and Leafy said...

What architecture!

AmitAag said...

Great!

Amrita Sabat said...

Yes! This brilliant City of temples is my Home! Love U Bhubaneswar! :)

Anita said...

Wonderful, you haved shared about Bhubaneswar. City's b'day was on Apr13th :)