Odisha is a great land of art and culture. Odisha homes many numerous monuments of historical importance. These are the major tourist attractions and these were constructed between 7th century and 13th century AD. These monuments reflect the tradition and culture of Odisha.
Most of the monuments existing in Odisha are huge temples devoted to a particular deity. These are the pyramidal structure of the jagmohana, and are supported by either pillar on the inner walls. The lion gates to the temple reflect another characteristic feature of Odisha monuments.
Each of these Monuments in Odisha has its own significance in the history. Some of these monuments are in a derelict condition as the ravages of time leaves nothing untouched.
Lingaraj temple is devoted to the Hindu god Harihara, a form of Shiva and Vishnu. It is the biggest temple in the city. It is one of the most tourist attractions in Odisha.
Mukteswara temple is a 10th Century Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Mukteswara, is molded with figures of hermits in several poses of meditation. The best part of the temple is the grand torana and the decorative gateway.
The Rajarani is one of the most renowned and famous temple in Bhubaneswar. It was built in between 10th and 11th century. The temple is believed to have been known originally as Indreswara.
The Jagannath Temple of Puri is dedicated to Lord Jagannath. . It is one of the char dham pilgrimage site for Hindus. The Jagannath temple was built in the 11th century during the era of the Eastern Ganga dynasty’s King Anantavarman Chodaganga Deva.
Yogini Temple- the inland of 64 yogini, located 15k.m south east of Bhubaneswar in a small picturesque village called Hirapur, is devoted to goddess Shakti or Mahamaya.
Konark Sun Temple is constructed in 13th-century. It is believed that the temple was built by king Narasimhadeva. The shape of the temple is like a gigantic chariot, having elaborately carved stone wheels, pillars and walls.
Gupteswara, a land where religion is the essence of existence, it is but natural to find godhood embedded in beliefs and crock of people. Gupteswara is one of the peerless Shiva temples of Southern Orissa.
Panchalingeshwar is named after the five lingas graved in the temple. It is one of the famous and most look around temple in Odisha. The temple is landed on top of a hillock near the Nilagiri hill, Balasore, Odisha.
By flight– The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar.
By train– Capital City Bhubaneswar railway station is well connected to all over India.
The best time to visit Odisha is the winter months from November to February are the best time to visit as the weather is at its best.