Lingaraja Temple And Some Interesting Facts Related To It
- Lingaraja Temple is one of the oldest and largest temples situated in Odisha’s capital Bhubaneswar. This temple was built around 11th Century CE. This temple shows the Harihara form of Lord Shiva. It is said that the wish of every Shiva devotee coming to this temple is fulfilled. According to the legend, here Mata Parvati killed two fierce demons. When the Mata was thirsty after the war with the demons, Lord Shiva called all the holy rivers here and made a coupe with their help. Here is the Bindusagar Lake which is a little away from Lingaraja Temple. For the last hundred years, the Northeast India has remained the center of the devotees of Lord Shiva. There were more than 7000 places of worship and temples here in the Middle Ages. But today only 500 are remains. Despite being a temple of Lord Shiva, here Lord Vishnu is also present in the form of Shaligram. It is written about the construction of this temple in Sanskrit texts that it was made in the 6th century CE. According to Fergusson, this temple was first constructed by Lalat Indu Keshari. From 615 to 657 CE, Lalat Indu Keshari had ruled its kingdom. Somavanshi king Jajati Keshari constructed the existing form of this temple in the 11th Century. After the construction of this temple, King Jajati Keshari had shifted his capital to Bhubaneswar.
- The courtyard of the temple is about 150 meters square and height of the Kalash is up to 40 meters. Every year in April this temple carries a chariot festival. Near the temple is the Bindusagar Lake where the water of all the waterfalls and ponds of India is stored. The architecture and textures of this temple are of excellent quality. The height of this temple is 55 meters and it is one of the few selected temples in India which has been carved with such amazing work. 3 small temples of Ganesha, Karthikeya and Gauri are also located here. There is a statue in the form of black stone of Mata Parvati in the Gauri Temple. Temple Peak is 180 feet high. According to the tradition of Lingaraja temple, only people of Hindu religion are allowed to come here. However, a high place has been built along with the temple from which non-Hindu people can see the temple as well. Jagannath temple, Konark temple, and Lingaraja temple are very similar in terms of architecture. This temple is divided into four parts – main temple, Yagya shala, bhog mandap (Pavilion) and Natya shala (Theater).
- This temple has a collection of beautiful and artistic idols. First of all, you have to take a bath in the Bindusagar Lake, only after that, you can enter the temple to worship. Worship of Ananta Vasudeva after bathing, Ganesha worship, the worship of Nandi Maharaj, and finally you reach the main temple. The outer form of Shivling is the same as the common Shivling. In which there is water flows from one side but in the middle, instead of linga, Lord Vishnu has silver shaligram. Shivling in black color and shining silver in between. It looks as if Lord Vishnu is in the heart of Lord Shiva. This is the reason that this temple is also known as Harihara. People of Odisha believe that it is mandatory to visit your Harihara before going to Jagannath. There are also small temples of other deities-Ganesha, Parvati, Mahalaxmi, Durga, Kali, Nageshwar, Ram, Hanuman, Shitla Mata, Santoshi Mata, Savitri, and Yamraj.