Popularly known as the ‘city of temples’, Bhubaneshwar is the capital of the Indian state of Odisha. It is an important economic and religious center in Eastern India. An important pilgrimage town, Bhubaneshwar’s temples are famous for their grand architecture and religious importance.
Bhubaneshwar derives its name from Tribhubaneshwar, which literally means Lord of the Three Worlds. This refers to Lord Shiva. The region was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Kalinga. It is a confluence of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cultures. The city still preserves over 500 of India’s finest temples. These are excellent specimens of Kalingan architecture, some of them dating back to 6th-13th century. The Lingaraja temple and the Parameshwara temple are a must-see.
Bhubaneshwar was one among modern India’s first planned cities. A fast growing city, Bhubaneshwar has a lot to offer in terms of both ancient and modern aspects. With a history dating back to 1st century BCE, the town has its unique significance. The three cities of Puri, Konark and Bhubaneshwar form the Swarna Tribhuja or the “Golden Triangle”. These are one of the most visited pilgrimage centers in India.