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Home>>East India>>Orissa>>Spiritual Places of Orissa

Spiritual Places of Orissa

Ahirabandh Jagannatha Temple Complex, Visit Ahirabandh Jagannatha Temple Complex of Orissa, Temple tour of Ahirabandh Jagannatha Temple Complex, Religious place of Orissa

Ahirabandh Jagannatha Temple

Once upon a time there was a town called "Ahirabandh". One of the villagers uses to worship a stone in the center of the village.

Ananta Vasudeva Temple

The plan of the Anata-Vasudeva temple differs significantly from that of the other temples.

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Ashokan Rock Edict, Visit Ashokan Rock Edict of Orissa, Temple tour of Ashokan Rock Edict, Religious place of Orissa Ashokan Rock Edict (Dhauli)

Ashokan Rock Edict is located at Dhauli, 8 km south of Bhubaneswar. This magnificent Buddhist Temple was built by Indo-Japanese collaboration.

Buddhist Sculpture

The study of Buddhist statue and art from the relics and monuments in Orissa points to the gradual transformation of the Mahayana form of Buddhism into the Vajrayana form of Buddhism by the heart of the ninth century A.D.

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Chitrakarini, Visit Chitrakarini of Orissa, Temple tour of Chitrakarini, Religious place of Orissa Chitrakarini Temple

Like the 'Brahmesvara' temple, the Chitrakarini temple, with four subsidiary shrines at the corners, is of the 'Panchayatana' (five-shrined) type, the whole group enclosed by a compound-wall.

Dhauli

Dhauli, Orissa, is famous for its Buddhist Monuments. It also happens to be the place where the bloodiest of battles was fought and won by Emperor Ashok.

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Gauri Temple, Visit Gauri Temple of Orissa, Temple tour of Gauri Temple, Religious place of Orissa Gauri Temple

There are two other temples at Bhubaneswar, which may be regarded as close contemporaries of the Mukteshwar temple.

Harishankar Temple

The foaming waters sparkle vibrantly, acting as a enjoyable contrast to the unmelting hardness of the granite bed from which it cascades through the sun-dappled jungle.

Harishankar Temple, Visit Harishankar Temple of Orissa, Temple tour of Harishankar Temple, Religious place of Orissa

ISKCON Temple, Visit ISKCON Temple of Orissa, Temple tour of ISKCON Temple, Religious place of Orissa Iskcon Temple

The delightfully built Iskcon temple (413-517) is situated on National Highway No.5, Nayapali.

Jaugada Temple

Jaugada forms a fraction of the Malati range of hills and occupies a significant place in Ashokan studies.

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Khiching Temple, Visit Khiching Temple of Orissa, Temple tour of Khiching Temple, Religious place of Orissa Khiching Temple

The town of Khiching, which is now a rather distant destination in the northern area of Orissa,

Khirachora Gopinath Temple

The Kshira Chora Gopinath temple is situated in Remuna. It is a little town located 9-km east of Balasore, about halfway between Calcutta and Puri .

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Konark Sun Temple, Visit Konark Sun Temple of Orissa, Temple tour of Konark Sun Temple, Religious place of Orissa Konark Sun Temple

Magnificent in its isolation, the temple of the Sun at Konark (a.k.a Konarak), about 20 miles northeast of Puri, has been hailed as the supreme achievement of the architectural genius of Orissa,

Lingaraja Temple

It is one of the finest Shiva peetha in India and is named after the 'Ling' or the 'Phallic symbol enshrined in it.This temple is called a temple complex because almost 65 secondary temples cluster around the central structure.

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Madhava Temple, Visit Madhava Temple of Orissa, Temple tour of Madhava Temple, Religious place of Orissa Madhava Temple

The famous Madhava temple is situated on the eastern bank of the Prachi River, about 6-kms from Niali.

Markandeyesvara Temple

A photocopy of the Sisiresvara temple, it is located near the southwest corner of "Bindu-Sarovara".

Markandeyesvara, Visit Markandeyesvara of Orissa, Temple tour of Markandeyesvara, Religious place of Orissa

Mukteswara Temple, Visit Mukteswara Temple of Orissa, Temple tour of Mukteswara Temple, Religious place of Orissa Mukteswara Temple

Built in the 10th century, this small elegant temple has been described as the most exquisitely ornamented temple in Bhubaneswar.

Naraj

A charming scenic spot, Naraj was a well-known seat of Buddhist culture & learning. The scenic view of the river Mahanadi at the source of its branch Kathjodi is simply bewitching.  

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Nrusinghanath Temple, Visit Nrusinghanath Temple of Orissa, Temple tour of Nrusinghanath Temple, Religious place Nrusinghanath Temple

The Vidala-Nrusimha Temple stands amidst the verdant beauty of the picturesque Gandhamardan hills. Nrusinghanath is a popular and attractive pilgrim point.

Kapilesvara Temple

There are many other temples that are worth visiting during your temple tours to Orissa in India.

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Padmapur, Visit Padmapur of Orissa, Temple tour of Padmapur, Religious place of Orissa Padmapur Temples

Sites of interest include Ayodhya, where rich sculptural remains have been found; Kupari, with the ruins of an old Buddhist temple and monastery

Papanasini & The Kapileswar

After the Gangas,the magnificent era of temple- building activities in Orissa was over, but the strength lingered on during the succeeding period of Suryavamsi supremacy which also witnessed the erection of some notable temples in Orissa.

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Parasurameswara Temple, Visit Parasurameswara Temple of Orissa, Temple tour of Parasurameswara Temple, Religious place Parasurameswara Temple

The small temple of Parashurameswar, also at Bhubaneswar, is believed to be a good specimen of early Orissan architecture of the post-Buddhist period, as is seen from its rudimentary vimana.

Parvati Temple

Of the many secondary sanctuaries in the courtyard, the temple of Parvati is a fine architectural piece, remarkable for the exuberance of its carvings, but overshadowed by the 'Lingaraja' temple itself.

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Rajarani Temple, Visit Rajarani Temple of Orissa, Temple tour of Rajarani Temple, Religious place of Orissa Rajarani Temple

The Raj Rani Temple (11th century), which is surrounded by a nice garden is no longer used for worship. This temple was dedicated to Lord Brahma and is known for its well-carved tower.

Ranipur Jharial

Situated in the green environs of the Titilagarh sub-division in Balangir district, the twin villages of Ranipur- Jharial bear strong traces of their very old heritage.

Ranipur Jharial, Visit Ranipur Jharial of Orissa, Temple tour of Ranipur Jharial, Religious place of Orissa

Ratnagiri, Visit Ratnagiri of Orissa, Temple tour of Ratnagiri, Religious place of Orissa Ratnagiri

Ratnagiri, Orissa, is a must visit on your tour to Buddhist monuments in Orissa for its two spacious monasteries, a large Stupa, Buddhist shrines and intricately carved sculptures.

Siddhesvara Temple

The eastern edge of the terrace in front of the 'Muktesvara' temple is lined by six small shrines, of which the one on the extreme north is a specimen of the 'Khakhara' Order.

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Simhanath Temple, Visit Simhanath Temple of Orissa, Temple tour of Simhanath Temple, Religious place of Orissa Simhanath Temple

It is situated in a rocky island in the Mahanadi River and can be approached from the village Gopinathpur in the Cuttack district.

Sisiresvara Temple

In the same compound, immediately to the north of the 'Vaital Deul' and contemporaneous with it, is the Sisiresvara temple, now deprived of its crowning members and also 'Vi-Sama' and the fifth 'Bhumi-Amla'.

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Svarnajalesvara Temple, Visit Svarnajalesvara Temple of Orissa, Temple tour of Svarnajalesvara Temple, Religious place of Orissa Svarnajalesvara Temple

Svarnajaleswar Temple is situated a small south of Parsurameswar Temple and has beautiful depictions from the epic Ramayan.

The Jagannath Temple

Another notable example of the middle period is the well-known temple of Jagannath at Puri (shown at the top of this page).

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The Satrughnesvava Group, Visit The Satrughnesvava Group of Orissa, Temple tour of The Satrughnesvava Group, Religious place of Orissa The Satrughnesvava Group

This temple belongs to the 6th century A.D. group of temples. Even the earliest extant temple, the Satrughaneswar, is found to be a mature conception and origin of the monument apparently lie further back.

The Temples of Sonepur

From very ancient times, Sonepur is considered as a holy city. The Kosalananda Kavya of Kavi Gangadhara Mishra, written in 1664 A.D., describes the temple city of Sonepur as "the second Varanasi of India".

The Temples Of Sonepur, Visit The Temples Of Sonepur of Orissa, Temple tour of The Temples Of Sonepur, Religious place

Udayagiri, Visit Udayagiri of Orissa, Temple tour of Udayagiri, Religious place of Orissa Udayagiri Pilgrimage

The largest Buddhist Complex in Orissa, Udayagiri in the district of Jajpur has assumed further importance after recent excavations which revealed the ancient name of the monastery as Madhavapura Mahavihara.

Vaital Temple

This interesting 8th century temple is dedicated to Chamunda (Kali). She wears a necklace of skulls and is shown as the eight-armed slayer of the buffalo demon.

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Yamesvara, Visit Yamesvara of Orissa, Temple tour of Yamesvara, Religious place of Orissa Yamesvara Temple

The Duel & Jagamohana It is a quite large-sized temple situated on the left side of the road to the Khandagiri. It bears all the peculiarities of a Ganga monument.

Yogini Shrine

Yogini Temple is situated about 15 km from Bhubaneswar at Hirapur. One of the four Yogini Temples in India, it has beautiful Yoginis carved from black chlorite

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More Spritual Places of Orissa

 

>> Ahirabandh Jagannatha Temple

>> Ananta Vasudeva Temple

>> Ashokan Rock Edict

>> Buddhist Sculpture

>> Chitrakarini Temple

>> Dhauli

>> Gauri Temple

>> Harishankar Temple

>> Iskcon Temple

>> Jaugada Temple

>> Khiching Temple

>> Khirachora Gopinath Temple

>> Konark Sun Temple

>> Lingaraja Temple

>> Madhava Temple

>> Markandeyesvara Temple

>> Mukteswara Temple

>> Naraj

>> Nrusinghanath Temple

>> Kapilesvara Temple

>> Padmapur Temples

>> Papanasini And The Kapileswar

>> Parasurameswara Temple

>> Parvati Temple

>> Rajarani Temple

>> Ranipur Jharial

>> Ratnagiri

>> Siddhesvara Temple

>> Simhanath Temple

>> Sisiresvara Temple

>> Svarnajalesvara Temple

>> The Jagannath Temple

>> The Satrughnesvava Group

>> The Temples Of Sonepur

>> Udayagiri Pilgrimage

>> Vaital Temple

>> Yamesvara Temple

>> Yogini Shrine

 
 

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