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Ananta Vasudeva Temple, Bhubaneswar

Features

Ananta Vasudeva Temple is the only Vaishnava Temple in Bhubaneswar and dedicated to Lord Krishna, Balarama and Subhadra. The temple was built during 13th century by Chandrika Devi, the daughter of Anangabhima III and extended by other rulers on the bank of Vindu Sarovar. The architecture of the temple is like Lingaraja temple but with vaishnavite sculptures and uniform platform with three- chambered frontal adjunct consisting of the Jagamohana, the Natamandapa and the Bhogamandapa.

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Brahmeshwar Temple, Bhubaneswar

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Brahmeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and built at the end of 9th century by Kolavati Devi, mother of King Udyotkeshari. The temple has carved interior like Mukteswara temple and remarkable sculptures of musicians and dancers. It was also first temple where iron beam were used.

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Chausathi Yogini (64 Yogini) Temple, Hirapur

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Chausathi Yogini temple is dedicated to Goddess Shakti and her 64 yoginis. It is one of four temples in India and second temple in Orissa. The temple is in circular shape with 30 foot outer diameter and without roof. The temple has the images of 64 yoginis with the main shrine of Goddess Shakti.

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Lingaraj Temple, Bhubaneswar

Features

Lingaraj temple is dedicated to Harihara (Lord Shiva) and one of the important pilgrimage of Bhubaneshwar. It is one of 12 Jyotilingas and the main shrine is considered to be a 'hari-hara' linga, that is, half Shiva, half Vishnu. This architecture marvel of Orissa is believed to be built by the Somavamsi Kings during 11th century and later extended by Ganga rulers. The main temple structure has the Deul (tower), the Jagmohana (porch), the Natamandira (hall of dance) and the Bhoga-mandapa (hall of offering). The outstanding sculptures and beautiful carvings of the temple are the fantastic specimens of Orissan architecture. The temple courtyard also holds 50 other shrines dedicated to Hindu Gods and is enclosed by a large compound wall. Please note that only Hindu are allowed in the temple complex and photography is prohibited.

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Mukteswar Temple, Bhubaneswar

Features

Mukteswar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and dates back to 10th century. The temple is famous for the stone arched gateway-Torana and sculptures depicting stories from Panchatantra. The ornamented gateway is also unique combinations of Hindu, Jain and Buddhism. For the amazing architecture, the temple is known as the gem of Odishan temple architecture. The architecture of the temple also marks important phases of Kalinga style of architecture. On the eastern side of the temple complex is a large water tank, and in the south west side is a holy well. It is believed that taking dip in holy well cures fertility problems. Among other small temples -Siddheshwar Mandir and Kedareshwar Mandir are most noteworthy for its sculptures.

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Museum of Tribal Art & Artifacts, Bhubaneshwar

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Museum of Tribal Art & Artifacts is the best information centres about Orissa tribes such as Bonda, Lanjia Saora and Santhal tribes. The museum exhibits household items, musical instruments, weapons, clothing, wooden and stone items used by tribal people. The complex also has library and small zoo.

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Odisha State Museum, Bhubaneswar

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Odisha State Museum was established in 1932 and later moved to the current building in 1960. It houses more then 56,000 rare antiquities displayed over 10 sections namely-1. Archaeology, 2. Epigraphy, 3. Numismatics, 4. Armoury, 5. Mining & Geology, 6. Natural History, 7. Art & Craft, 8. Contemporary Art, 9. Anthropology and 10. Palm leaf Manuscripts.

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Orissa Modern Art Gallery

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Orissa Modern Art Gallery is the art gallery which hold permanent display of selected contemporary works of art. The Orissa Modern Art Gallery was founded by Mrs. Karen Kent from U.S.A and Tarakant Parida, an Orissan Artist. The galleries exhibits more than 800 works of art for display and sale.

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Parsurameswar Temple, Bhubaneswar

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Parsurameswar Temple is the existing oldest temple of Bhubaneswar. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple dates back to Sailodbhava period and said to built during mid of seventh century. The structure of the temple composes of the beehive-shaped tower (the deul ) and the porch/prayer hall in front of the tower (Jagamohana). It was the first temple with additional prayer hall in front of the deul. The rectangular hall has framed windows with sculptures of dancers, musicians etc. Built in Nagara style of architecture, the temple has carved images of Gods, animals, birds, fruits etc.

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Raja Rani Mandir, Bhubaneswar

Features

Raja Rani Temple was built in eleventh century and is known for its sculptural beauty, outstanding architecture and multiple scroll work. The name of the temple has been the subject of much debate. It is said that its name after red coloured Raja Rani stone which was used in the construction of the temple. The structure of the temple is typical Orissa style with deul/vimana, jagmohana. The distinct features from other Orissa temples is exotic sculptures carved in depth on the temple exterior and is reminiscent of Khajuraho style. Further, the sculptural images are especially of the female figures engaged in activities such as holding children, looking in mirrors, and playing with pet birds. On the lower portion of the deul, fine images of Guardians of the Eight Directions stand watching over the eight cardinal points. The present temple has not any central shrine and it is believed to be Shiva temple.

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Regional Museum of Natural History, Bhubaneswar

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The Regional Museum of Natural History in Bhubaneswar was established in the year 2004 under the Ministry of Environment and Forests. The museum showcase the vibrant biodiversity of Orissa, the Northeast and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands depicting their richness under one roof thereby making people aware of the natural heritage of the state and beyond. One of the main attractions of the museum is the huge skeleton of Baleen Whale.

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Regional Science Centre, Bhubaneswar

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Regional Science Centre was established in 1989 to create awareness about science and nature history. The museum has different galleries such as Mathematics, Motion, Fun Science, Popular Science Gallery, Science Park and Prehistoric Life Park. Daily Educational Shows are arranged by the museum.

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Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves, Bhubaneswar

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The twin hills of Udayagiri and Khandagiri are famous for group of 33 Jain rock cut caves built during 1st and 2nd century BC. There are total 33 rock cut caves out of which 18 caves are on Udayagiri hill while 15 are on the Khandagiri hill. Jain caves were first excavated by king Kharavela of Chedi dynasty and his successors as residential blocks for Jain monks. The most extraordinary is Rani Gumpha (Queen's Cave-Cave No.1) has upper and lower stories, a spacious courtyard, and outstanding sculptural architecture. The Hathi Gumpa (Elephant Cave- Cave no.14) has historical importance for its inscriptions which depicts the social and cultural life of that time. The Ananta cave has carved images of women, elephants, athletes, and geese carrying flowers. Ganesha Gumpha (Cave no.10 ) is two dwelling-spaces with veranda in front and has stone carvings.

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Vaital Deul Temple (Tini Mundia Mandira), Bhubaneswar

Features

Vaital Deul Temple is dedicated to Chamunda Devi (Tantric form of Goddess Durga) and important pilgrimage of Bhubaneswar city. The 8th century temple is famous for semi-cylindrical shape of the sanctuary tower and beautiful carvings of Hindu Gods on the walls. The main shrine of Chamunda Devi belongs to Khakhara order-a subsidiary of the Kalinga school architecture. The shrine of Devi is on a corpse flanked by a jackal and an owl and decorated with a garland of skulls. She holds a snake, bow, shield, sword, trident, thunderbolt and an arrow, and is piercing the neck of the demon. The front structure of the deula (tower) above the left of the Jagamohana has Chaitya windows— the lower one carved of Sun God figure with its facial expression, with Usha (Dawn) and Pratyusha shooting arrows on either side and with Aruna in front, driving a chariot of seven horses. The upper Chaitya window features ten armed Nataraja (dancing form of Shiva) . Two Buddha figures in seating form are placed in front of the flat roofed Jagamohana.

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