Orissa, now known as Odisha, is an ancient land with a rich history in an Eastern part of India. This tribal state of India has various attractions ranging from natural wonders such as shoreline and beaches, Chilka Lake and many religious sites.
These important Attractions of Odisha are Temples, Monuments and religious places, which are visited by a large number of tourists from the state as well as the other part of the country. The ancient temples are more than a union with religious values; their architectural splendour reflects the skills possessed by the artisans of the land in the bygone era.
Here are the top 5 pilgrimage spots in Orrisa
Konark Sun Temple
There are many temples dedicated to Sun God, but Konark Sun temple is one of the most visited temples in Orissa And Situated on the shores of Konark, Also one of the Seven Wonders of India. The complex is in the shape of a gigantic chariot with great carved stone wheels, pillars and walls.which is its uniqueness, The temple is constructed by the Black granite and thus, is also called ‘The Black Pagoda’.
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The main structure that rises to a height of 230 feet, stands on a platform. There are 12 giant wheel on each sides of the platform. Each wheel is around 10 feet in height. In front of the structure, there are images of 7 galloping horses which complete the shape of a chariot. You will find wonderfully carved structures of men, warriors, dancers, animals, elephants which will attract you.
Jagannatha Temple is one of the four most pilgrimage site in entire India called the ‘Char Dham’. The temple has made Puri, one of the most famous cities in Orissa. The temple belongs to Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra. Jagannatha . and The Temple was built by Raja Ananta Varman Chodaganga Dev in 12th century.
Its height is 214 feet, which is one of the tallest temple structures in India. The main attraction of the temple is the “Rath Yatra.” This is the only festival in India where the idols of the deities are taken out of the temple. The images of gods are carried in three humongous and decorated chariots in a procession to Gundicha Mandir at a distance of 3 km.
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In entire Orissa temple of Lord Shiva is the biggest and most celebrated. Situated in Bhubaneswar, it is visited by huge number of devotees. And the Main structure in the temple is 180 feet tall and and is surrounded by a seven feet thick wall.
In The Lingaraja Temple continues to see daily worship of Hariharar, an avatar of Shiva. According to locals, the temple has been around since 11th century. The high compound walls of the complex are made of red stone and elaborate sculptures which further add to the appeal of the temple complex with a stunning 150 shrines around the main temple.. There are three other main structures named Jagamohana, Natamandir, and Bhogamandapa.
Gurudwara Datan Sahib
Gurdwara Guru Nanak Datan Sahib or Kaliaboda Gurdwara – Guru Nanak Dev built on the bank of Mahanadi at Cuttack city, about 25 km from Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha. This holy Gurdwara is the momento of the visit of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the foremost Guru of Sikhs, to Odisha. Guru Nanak Ji steps in Odisha in the year 1506 on the completion of his pilgrimage of Assam and Bengal.
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He took shelter in a small cottage. Gurdwara Guru Nanak Datan Sahib is one of the most renowned, sacred place of Sikhs throughout the country. There is a legend of its existence here. Today, it serves as a Gurudwara that is run by Udasi priests and visited by local and tourist en route the famous Jagannath Temple. Here, among others, the local ruler Raja Partap Rudra Dev received instruction from him.
Parsavnath Temple Complex
The Parsavnath Temple Complex in Khandagiri, Bhubaneshwar city belongs to the Jain school of religion. It is dedicated to the Parsavnath Tirthankara and features other smaller temples dedicated to some other Tirthankars.
This temple belongs to 20th century.. the temple Sanctum chamber measures 4.60 square metres with R.C.C. flat roof. And wonderful architecture and closeness to the Udaygiri Hills which feature 113 caves of religious significance make this one a must visit
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