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Revamp of Lingaraj Temple, Odisha

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  • August 22, 2020
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Revamp of Lingaraj Temple, Odisha

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-I – Art & Culture

In News:

  • The Odisha government has decided to give a facelift to the 11th century Lingaraj Temple, similar to its pre-350-year structural status.
  • This is a part of the Lingaraj Temple Heritage Development Project under Ekamra plan.
  • Through Ekmara plan, it is expected that heritage redevelopment will enhance the attraction of Bhubaneswar as a tourist site and claim for a UNESCO heritage site will be stronger.

Important value additions 

Lingaraj Temple

  • It was built in 11th century AD. 
  • Dedicated to: Lord Shiva. 
  • The largest temple of the city Bhubaneswar.
  • It is believed to have been built by the Somvanshi King Yayati I.
  • It is built in red stone. 
  • It is a classic example of Kalinga style of architecture.
  • The temple is divided into four sections:
    • Garbha Griha (sanctum sanctorum) 
    • Yajna Shala (the hall for prayers)
    • Bhoga Mandap (the hall of offering)
    • Natya Shala (hall of dance).
  • It signifies the convergence of Shaivism and Vaishnavism sects in Odisha.
  • The presiding deity of the Temple: Hari-Hara. 
  • The other attraction of the temple: Bindusagar Lake. 
  • Other Important Monuments in Odisha:
    • Konark Sun Temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
    • Jagannath Temple
    • Tara Tarini Temple
    • Udaygiri and Khandagiri Caves

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