After a rocking time at the Khandagiri and Udaygiri Caves on the third day of my stay in the city, I decided to go the famous Lingaraj temple. I am not typically the religious kind of person; however I believe that the earth is spinning round due to some magnetic power. Therefore I might not call myself a religious person, but spirituality abounds me from all sides. On the fourth day of my stay at Bhubaneswar, I decided to make a visit to the Lingaraj temple which is located in the Old Town area. The term Old Town derives its name from the fact that it was one of the earliest parts of the city.
The Lingaraj temple is dedicated to Harihara. Harihara is the incarnation of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The temple was built sometime in the 11th century by Jajati Keshari who was a Somavanshi King. The temple is built in traditional style of architecture which imparts the richness of art and craft during that period. The traditional Kalinga style architecture is worth applauds as one can see the greatness and mastery of skilled arts through the pictures and images inscribed on the walls of the temple. There are four main components of the temple viz., the Vimana, the Bhoga Mandapa, the Jagamohana and the Natamandira. The Vimana is the place where the sanctum sanctorum is enshrined. At the Bhoga Mandapa, devotees can make offerings to the God. Jagamohana segment is the assembly hall where the Natamandira is the place where festivals are held. Festivals like maha Shivaratri are celebrated in great pomp and show in the temple. The pious lamp is lighted atop the spire of the temple which hosts the flag. During this festival, live show is telecasted to all over India. After the lamp being set up at the top, people break their fasts of the Maha Shivaratri and take water.
The temple complex is a massive structure that consists of 125 shrines in totality. The God is worshipped with much devotion and this temple is one of the finest construction works of the ancient India. The divine aura of the temple provides calmness of mind to each and every person visiting here. It was a much peaceful day having spent at the Lingaraj temple.