Lingaraj Temple Overview
Perpetually, one of the most renowned temples in Bhubaneshwar, the Lingaraj temple happens to be one of the largest temples in the city. Built in the 7th century, the temple is religiously dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is the only one to display the phallic form of Lord Shiva, believed to have appeared naturally at this spot. The linga stands as high as 8 inches, unlike any other lingas that are known to exist in temples around India.

The temple gives an insight into the Odissi style of architecture, built precariously with stone vaults that mount over the main structure. Following the rituals and cultures handed down over the years, the temple allows entry only to Hindus. During the festival of Mahashivratri, the entire temple precinct is adorned with flowers and lights to commemorate the occasion. While the temple receives a footfall of almost 6000 visitors on a daily basis, it can go up to 2 lakh during major events. 

Location: Lingaraj Nagar, Old Town, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751002

Price: No entry fee

Timing: 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM 

Best Time to Visit: October to March
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