Revamp of Lingaraj Temple, Odisha
Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-I – Art & Culture
- 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
- 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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