Shree Jagannath temple located centrally at Puri was built in the 12th century. The temple displays to their visitors the excellent Kalinga architectural style. The Black Pagoda or the Sun temple at Konark is an exquisite piece of art in the history of temples. Lingaraj temple is another of its kind that is named after the priapic symbol enclosed in it. There are around 65 temples under the Lingaraj temple. Satrughaneshwar temple built in the 6th century is one of the oldest temples of Orissa. It has been built in the style of a Sikhara temple. The temple is known for its rich architecture and sculptures. Swarnajaleswar temple depicts the image of Lord Shiva's nuptial ceremony.
Orissa Jagannath Temple
Orissa Jagannath Temple is one of the most well-known temples situated centrally in Puri. It is a holy structure built in the 12th century A.D. Orissa Jagannath Temple has been built magnificently. Its architecture reflects the grandeur and opulence of the rulers of Kalinga. The temple of Jagannath has achieved the heights of greatness due to its excellent architecture. This temple has been designed in a very homogeneous and compressed form. It has been built in an Indo-Aryan style. This temple sees hundreds of devotees every year specially during the festive season that goes on in Orissa. Jagannath temple popularly known as the White Pagoda is 200 feet high. It is situated in a huge complex in Puri.
Kapilash Temple Orissa
Kapilash Temple Orissa is popularly known as the Kailash temple. It is one of the most exquisitely designed temples that is situated in Dhenkanal. The Kailash temple is located on top of a hill amidst lush green environs. This region was the capital of the kingdom of Keshari and was known as Chowduar. The temple is almost 26 kms away from the town of Dhenkanal.
Sun Temple Konark
Sun Temple Konark is one of the best specimen of Kalinga architecture. The Sun Temple at Konark was built by Raja Narasinghs Deva-I (Ganga Dynasty). It is known for its gigantic sculptures and minute patterns in bas-relief.
The Sun Temple of Odisha was constructed in the 13th century as a chariot of the Sun God. The temple possesses twelve pairs of beautifully ornamented wheels and about seven pairs of well-sculpted horses. The wheels of the temple signify the twelve months of the year and the horses signify the seven days of the week
The Sun Temple of Konark is also characterized by curvilinear towers, which are mounted by Cupolas. The main sanctum of the temple is about 229 feet in height. The sanctum features external projects and is constructed beside the audience hall.
Bharateswar Temple is situated in Bhubaneswar. Bharateswar temple was constructed along with two other temples, namely the Laxmaneswar temple and Satrughaneshwar temple in the 6th century AD. The Bharateswar Temple of Orissa is dedicated to the three brothers of Lord Rama, viz. Bharat, Satrughan and Laxman.
Rajarani temple was constructed between the 10th and the 11th century. The Rajarani temple is one of the architectural splendors in Orissa and is made up of reddish gold sandstone, known as 'rajarani'. Legends believe that the temple had been the shrine of Lord Shiva, which was called Indreswara Temple.
Posited amid the paddy fields, the Rajarani Temple at Orissa is constructed on a raised platform. The architecture of the temple features clusters of turrets, a square sanctum and beautiful sculptures. The square sanctum of the temple is reminiscent of the later temple built in Puri. The Rajarani temple, situated in Old Bhubaneswar, is one of the best specimens of Kalinga architecture.
Last Updated on : 10 July 2013
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