Odisha’s spiritual trail: Discover the sacred wonders

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Shree Jagannath Temple is one of the four dhams in the country. (Photo by shri/Unsplash)

Nestled amidst historical landscapes and cultural richness, Odisha emerges as a spiritual haven, boasting a plethora of temples and pilgrimage sites that echo tales of ancient history. Formerly known as Kalinga, this Indian state has witnessed significant events over the centuries. Drawing people from around the globe in pursuit of history and cultural vibrancy, these top religious destinations in Odisha offer a divine odyssey through time and devotion.

Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri

The mangnificent Shree Jagannath Temple, one of the four dhams in the country, constructed in the 12th century on the shores of Puri by King Indradyumna, stands as a captivating homage to Lord Vishnu. This architectural marvel remains a cherished attraction, beckoning tourists with its historical significance and spiritual allure.

Lingaraj Temple, Bhubaneswar

A destination for any Shaivite visiting Odisha, the Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar, built around the 7th century by King Jajati Kesari, sprawls over an expansive area. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this sacred site reveres the Lingam, believed to have manifested here.

Parasurameswara Temple, Bhubaneswar

Reflecting Odia-style architecture from 650 AD, the Parasurameswara Temple boasts intricate carvings of Hindu deities, including Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, and Lord Ganesh. Thousands of linga carvings further embellish this cultural treasure.

Brahmeswara Temple, Bhubaneswar

Located in Bhubaneswar, the Brahmeswara Temple, built in the 11th century, was the first to adorn its outer walls with figures of dancers and musicians. This temple venerates Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, captivating devotees with its artistic grandeur.

Ananta Vasudev Temple, Bhubaneswar

Constructed in the 13th century, the Ananta Vasudev Temple in Bhubaneswar pays homage to Lord Krishna, Balarama and Subhadra. Adorned with exquisite carvings, it shares a resemblance with the iconic Lingaraj Temple.

Digambar Jain Temple, Bhubaneswar

Perched atop Khandagiri hills, the Digambar Jain Temple in Bhubaneswar, dating back to the 1st century BCE, features honeycomb-shaped caves housing images of Jain Tirthankaras. A sacred destination, it resonates with the ancient legacy of King Kharavela.

Dhauli Shanti Stupa, Bhubaneswar

A spiritual retreat in Odisha, the Dhauli Shanti Stupa, constructed in 1970 by the Nippon Buddha Stupa in collaboration with the Japan Buddha Sangha, welcomes visitors with two Ashokan Pillars and regal lion statues, fostering a serene ambience.

Leaning Temple of Huma, Sambalpur

Drawing numerous tourists annually, the Leaning Temple of Huma, dedicated to Lord Shiva, stands as the world’s sole leaning temple. Built in the 17th century in Sambalpur, it becomes a vibrant hub during Mahashivratri, accompanied by a grand fair.

Baitala Deula Temple, Bhubaneswar

Embracing the unique Khakara style of architecture, the Baitala Deula Temple, build in the 8th century in Bhubaneswar, venerates Goddess Chamunda. Its distinctive design and spiritual ambiance make it a significant cultural landmark in Odisha.

Rajarani Temple, Bhubaneswar

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Rajarani Temple is known for its unique architecture and intricate carvings. It does not have an idol, making it different from other Hindu temples.

Alarnath Temple, Brahmagiri

A Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Alarnath (a form of Lord Vishnu), it is a sacred place for devotees, especially during the Anabasara period.

Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Bhubaneswar

A Sikh temple located in Bhubaneswar, it is a place of worship and community gathering for the Sikh community in the region.

St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Bhubaneswar

A prominent Christian place of worship, the St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Bhubaneswar is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar.

Qadam Rasool, Cuttack

A revered Islamic site, Qadam Rasool is known for housing the footprint of Prophet Muhammad. It is a place of significance for the Muslim community in Odisha.

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