Bhubaneswar"Take A Trip to The Tribal Beauty"

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    Lingaraj Temple - Lingaraj Temple is located within a spacious compound wall of latterite measuring 520 ft by 465 ft. Biggest of all temples in the city, it is devoted to the Hindu god Harihara. In addition to being surmounted by a plain slant coping, the wall of the temple is 7 ft 6 inches thick. A terrace probably meant to protect the compound wall against outside aggression, runs alongside the inner face of the boundary wall. Representing the quintessence of the Kalinga type of architecture, the temple rises to a height of about 180 ft. Linga' or 'Lingam', which is the symbol of Lord Shiva is worshipped by the devotees visiting the temple. Lord Shiva, whose consort is called Bhuvaneshvari, is worshipped at the temple as Tribhuvaneshwara (Master of three worlds, heaven, earth and netherworld).

     

    Nandankanan Zoo - Nandankanan Zoo is located in the Chandaka Forest, on the banks of the Kanjia Lake. Black panthers, gharial crocodiles and white tigers are some of the wildlife that exist in the zoo. The zoo is home to over 67 kinds of mammals, 18 varieties of reptiles and 81 species of birds that co-exist in the deeply forested boundaries. For gharial crocodiles, a captive breeding centre is also located within the zoo. White tiger breeding also takes place at the zoo. Asiatic lions, Indian crocodiles,    Nilgiri langurs   and countless birds, reptiles and fish are also housed within the zoo. In the zoo are also housed 34 aquaria that contains a large variety of fresh water fish. Entrance of the Reptile Park is adorned with a life-size tyrannosaurus.

     

    Dhauli Giri Shanti Stupa - Dhauli Giri Shanti Stupa, also known as Peace Pagoda, is a Buddhist structure built jointly in 1972 by the Japan Buddha Sangh and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangh. Situated on the opposite hill of Dhauli Giri, it was built through the Indo-Japanese collaboration. Constructed by the chief priest of Nipponzan Myohoji, who came to India in 1930 from Mt. Minobu, the original holy place of the Nichiren Sect, it is a domed structure. Stupa is domed on top with mushroom-like structures and adorned with 'speaking' stone panels. Reclining Buddha, an elephant procession, the bodhi tree and footprints of Buddha bearing the chakra (wheel) adorn the main stone panels. The panels also comprise a sleeping beauty fanned by female attendants, procession on horseback and Emperor Ashoka renouncing war by offering his sword to Lord Buddha at Dhauli Giri. Saddharma Vihar Monastery, the ancient sculptures and varied extraordinary art forms are also located at the site. An old Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Dhavaleshwar, which was reconstructed in 1972, is located beyond the stupa.

     

    ISKCON Temple - ISKCON Temple contains idols of deities like Krishna, Balaram, Gaura Nithai, Subhadra and Jagannath. Focused on propagating and educating spiritual knowledge, techniques of spiritual life to society at large, and consciousness of Krishna, the temple follows the great scriptures of India, Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam. As publicised in the teachings of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the temple focuses on the belief that each soul is part and package of the quality of Godhead, Krishna. The temple also promotes the sankirtana movement, congregational chanting of the holy name of God.

     

    Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves - Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves have derived their names, owing to their location on two hills, Udayagiri and Khandagiri. Mentioned as Kumari Parvat in Hathigumpha inscription, the two caves face each other across the road. At the site, tourists can find a number of ornately carved caves. Legend states that during the reign of King Kharavela, most of these caves were carved out as residential blocks for the Jain monks. Khandagiri has 15 caves, while Udayagiri meaning 'Sunrise Hill', has 18 caves. These partly natural and partly artificial caves of archaeological, historical and religious importance are called lena or lena in the inscriptions. Dug out mostly during the reign of Kharavela for being the abode of Jain ascetics, the caves are located at a distance of 8 km from the destination. A double storeyed monastery, Ranigumpha in Udayagiri is the most important of this group.

     

    Ram Mandir - Ram Mandir is home to the beautiful images of Lord Ram, Lord Lakshman and Goddess Sita. Visible from many parts of the capital city, the high rising spire of the main temple is its main attraction. In the temple are also located shrines devoted to ochre-painted marble idols of Lord Hanuman, Lord Shiva and other gods. Located in the heart of Bhubaneshwar, near Kharavel Nagar, Janpath, the temple has been built and is managed by a private trust.

     

    Mukteswara Temple - Mukteswara Temple, built in 950 AD, has sculptured gateways, diamond shaped latticed windows, decorated interiors and large number of carvings. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is considered as the most complex Lord amongst the Hindu Gods, the temple is imprinted with figures of ascetics in different poses of meditation. Name of the temple that means 'Lord who gives freedom through Yoga', is empowered by the sculptural images. Several small shrines that comprise numerous lingams of Lord Shiva are located within the temple. Arched gateway also called 'Torana' dating back to about 900 AD displays the influence of Buddhist architecture. Modeled on the 'Torana' (arched gateway) recovered from the field in Bhubaneshwar, this structure is adorned with sculptures that range from elaborate scrolls to female forms, and figures of monkeys and peacocks.

     

    Nicco Park - Nicco Park is an amusement park that was built by the Nicco in collaboration with the BDA in 1997. An open space with an artificial lake running in its middle is the former site, where the Nicco Park now stands. An artificial lake has been made in the centre of the park.

     

    Raj Rani Temple - Raj rani Temple, dating from 11th century, is famous for its sculpted figures and the successive tiers of projections rising to form its 18 m high tower. Spire, reminiscent of the temples of Khajuraho, along with a square sanctuary and its interior and exterior surfaces are the chief features of the temple. Fine sculptures of dikpalas or guardians of the eight directions carved around the shrine are prominent highlights of the temple. These sculptures are dressed in diaphanous draper and stand on lotuses, with their mounts below. Indra (Lord of the East) holding a thunderbolt and an elephant goad are also located within the temple complex. Pot-bellied and bearded Agni (south-east), god of fire, Ram and Yama holding a staff and a noose are some of the other adornments of the temple.

     

    Orissa State Museum - Orissa State Museum has two life size dancing welcome statues in Odissi dance posture at its entrance. In the museum are housed archaeological objects, art and craft objects, natural history objects, Bronze Age tools and stone sculptures. Established in 1948 by N.C. Banerjee and Professor Ghanshyam Dash of Ravenshaw College, the museum also contains bronze images, traditional and folk musical instruments, coins, copper plates, prehistoric objects, ethnological objects and armoury. Well-known and famed for its huge collection of manuscripts on palm-leaves, the museum was formally declared by the Government of Orissa in 1938. In the museum, tourists can view palm leaf manuscript of 12th century devotional poem Gita Govinda. By a collection of traditional and folk musical instruments and sculptures of different shapes and sizes, the museum expresses the vivid history and cultural traditions of Orissa.

     

    Dhauli Giri - Dhauli Giri is the site, on whose plains Kalinga War was fought. Adorned with a rock edict erected by the great emperor Ashoka of Maurya Dynasty, the hills are located on the banks of the Daya River. Seeing the Daya River that had turned to red by the Kalingan martyrs, Ashoka renounced war and embraced Buddhism. The bloodshed led Ashoka to change his mind, after which he laid down the weapons of violence and accepted a life of Ahimsa in the form of Buddhism. After crossing Daya River Bridge, tourists can enter Dhauli Giri Shanti Stupa at the right side. After the historic Kalinga War, Ashoka renounced all bloody battles, embraced Buddhism and became an ambassador of non-violence. Located in the Khurda District of Orissa, the preserved edicts of Ashoka stand testimony of the change of his heart.

     

    Biju Patnaik Park - Biju Patnaik Park is located adjacent to the United Nations and the British government's DFID offices. Dedicated to the chief minister of the state, Biju Patnaik, the park, is located in Berhampur. Spread over an area of seven acres, the park is maintained by Berhampur Development Authority. The park is adorned with a floating mountain and musical fountain. In the park, tourists can also find boating facilities. In the morning and evening, tourists and locals can be seen jogging, walking and strolling in the park. Illuminated with decorated lamps, the park is also frequented by visitors at night.

     

    Swargadwar Beach - Swargadwar Beach is located in Puri. The beach is situated at a distance of two kilometres from the famous Jagannath temple and is one of the most famous beaches along the eastern shores of the country. The Swargadwar beach draws people from all over the world. Both devotees as well as tourists come here to enjoy a dip in the waters. Its fame is also attributed to it being the bathing place of Sri Chaithanyadev, a saint. The beach also functions as a cremation ground for the Hindus. The Swargadwar beach has the ideal settings for swimming and other water sport activities. Recently, surfing has also emerged as an important adventure activity on this beach.

     

    Pathani Samanta Planetarium - Pathani Samanta Planetarium aims to make people aware about astronomy, astrophysics and space science. The planetarium also aims to generate awareness among them regarding their environment. It offers regular shows about outer space to create awareness in the field of astronomy, astrophysics and space science. Shows organised by the planetarium include night sky watch, audio visual program, poster shows and display of astronomical instruments. To support scientists wishing to conduct research on science and technology, the planetarium offers financial help. Further, it also provides them with a bigger platform where they get the opportunity to interact in the conferences of international repute. Works of the planetarium are also focused on creating awareness about the remote sensing technology. At the library located within the planetarium, collection of the books on environment, technology and science are found.

     

    Museum of Tribal Art and Artefacts - Museum of Tribal Art and Artefacts is home to displays to everything connected with the life of Orissa's tribal people. Exhibition rooms of the museum are adorned with primitive murals and house traditional costumes, jewellery and household appliances. In the museum are also housed hunting equipment such as bows and arrows, axes, and traps for birds and fish, which indicate the life-style of the tribal people of Orissa. The museum is also home to a wide variety of indigenous tools, weapons   and ritual objects. Currently housing about 2,247 artefacts, the museum is located in a 12-acres campus that is run by the Tribal Research and Training Institute. Museum is home to dresses and ornaments, dokra items   and weapons of offence.

     

    Indira Gandhi Park - Indira Gandhi Park was erected at the site where Late Mrs. Indira Gandhi had delivered her last public speech on 30th October, 1984. After returning from the destination, she was shot dead by her own bodyguards. Located in front of Orissa Secretariat and State Assembly, the park is spread over an area of 10.6 acres. Once the parade ground of the city, the park is decorated with flower gardens and fountains. In the park, tourists can view a statue of Late Mrs. Indira Gandhi that was designed and sculptured by Russian sculptors Mr. Dimitry Ryebachev and Alexander Ryebachev. The park is a favourite for strolling, relaxation and walking. In the morning, many locals can be seen jogging within the park.

     

    Sisupalgarh - Sisupalgarh is the largest and aptly preserved early historic fortification in India. A ruined fortification in Khurda District, the city is belied by archaeologists to be at least 2,500 years old. As part the architectural pattern and artefacts discovered during the early excavations, archaeologists have put forth their belief that this fort city flourished between 3rd century BC and 4th century AD. By employing geophysical survey, systematic surface collections and selected excavations in the 4.8 km perimeter of the fortified area, archaeologists have studied individual houses, and civic as well as domestic architectures. It is believed that a defensive settlement discovered at the site originated during the Maurya Empire. Fortress is pierced by two gates on each side that rise up to a height of 90 m.

     

    Ekamra Kanan - Ekamra Kanan is located at Saheed Nagar, in IRC Village, at Nayapalli. Within 512 acres area of the park are present a lake, rose gardens, and nursery. In the park, tourists can also find boating facilities, a pyramidal greenhouse, and playgrounds for children.  In the proximity of  Ekamra Kanan lies Ekamra Haat that contains many shops selling handicrafts and handloom. From the shops, tourists can buy chandua of pipili or the sambalpuri saree. Tourists can also buy terracotta, patta painting, horn toys, dhokra and stone sculpture directly from the artisans from this shopping site.

     

    Hirapur Village - Hirapur Village is famous for its Yogini Temples, which are two of the best self preserved temples of the Yogini cult. Apart from being being filled with a number of attractions dating from the reign of Somavamsi and Bhauma rulers in Orissa, the village also contains many ancient Hindu and Buddhist heritage sites. Yogini cult, a simple tribal and folk tradition in India somewhere in the 8th century AD, has its origins in Hirapur. In the Yogini Temples, many inscriptions have been found that corroborate the belief that the rituals followed by the Yogini cult were prevalent even in the 16th century AD. In the Yogini Temples of Hirapur, Yoginis are portrayed as balancing themselves on a pair of wheels or playing drums.

     

    Kedareshwar Temple - Kedareshwar Temple is believed to have been built between the last decade of the 11th century and the early part of the 12th century. One of the eight Astasambhu Temples, the ancient temple stands near the yard of the Mukteswara Temple. On the right hand wall of the Jagamohana lies an inscription at the entrance that records the donation of a perpetual lamp to Lord Kedareshwar. The donation was made by Raja Pramadi, the younger brother of the Ganga King Anantavarman Chodaganga, in the 11th century. A prominent place of Shiva worship during the early part of the 12th century, the temple lies at a distance of 4 km  from the city. Lord Shiva, known locally by the name ‘Kedareshwar’ is the presiding deity of the temple. Lovers come at the temple to pray for their happy wedlock without any obstacles, owing to the belief that the temple is built at the site where the lovers, Kedar (male) and Gouri (female), were killed.

     

    Bindu Sarovara and Ocean Drop Tank - Go to the legendary Bindu Sarovara and Ocean Drop Tank which is believed to have water from every holy water body in the whole of India. The tank is suitably surrounded by many temples. This place and tank is considered holy and many people from all over India come here to get the taste of the water. Ananta Vasudeva and Lingaraj Temple are close by while for rituals at the Lingaraja temple during the auspicious Ashokashtami festival, the main deity is bathed in this lake.

     

    Uttaresvara Temple - Uttaresvara Temple sits on the north bank of the Bindu Sarovara. It consists of the deul and Jagamohana of the Parasurameshwar type. The temple has its superstructure above the first 'Bhumi-Amla' that was plastered during the course of repairs and restorations. Images of Parsva-Devatas and Kartikeya are the highlights of the temple. Deity that is noted for the plasticity of modelling, stands without his mount, holding in his left hand a long spear, and his right hand akimbo.

     

    Satrughaneswar Temple - Satrughaneswar Temple belongs to the group of temples dating from the 6th century AD. Representing a Sikhara Temple, it has been restored. A few sculptures that still exist in the monument or have been recovered from it, provide resemblance to those of at Dasavatara Temple at Deogarh. Characteristic of the Post-Gupta Art, sculptures of the Satrughaneswar are marked by the vigour and exuberance. To its side, ruined temple of Laxmaneswar stands.

     

    Sisireshwara Temple - Sisireshwara Temple is composed of beautiful figures, which show sensitivity and refined workmanship, evident in the Nataraj image. This is depicted by the image within the medallion and the well-proportioned figures of the Parsva-Devatas like the four-armed Ganesh, the two-armed Kartikeya, or the eight-armed 'Mahisasuramardini'. Elaborate scrollwork that intricate floral motifs also adorn the temple. At the temple, the Jagamohana is conspicuous by its rectangular shape. Exterior of the temple is embellished with many sculptures. One of these sculptures, image of Kamadeva, the god of Love, in the company of two females, is a noted feature of the temple. Testifying to the gradual secularisation of the art-idiom, some of the artwork seems to have been inspired by Buddhist ideas.

     

    Odissi Research Centre - Odissi Research Centre promotes Odissi dance and music forms, while providing facilities for research in various aspects of the cultural tradition of the state. An autonomous institution set-up by the Government of Orissa, it was established in 1986 and dedicated to the cause of Odissi dance and music in the state. In association with the centre, group of famous artists and art-critics function.

     

    Daiteswar Temple - Daiteswar Temple is constructed in sandstone and is located on the left side of the road leading to Kedargouri Temple from Parasurameswara Temple. On the door of the east-facing temple, many carvings are present. Outer walls are not adorned with any design. Dating from the 10th or 11th century, the temple has recently been renovated.

     

    Regional Science Centre - Regional Science Centre has 84 interactive exhibits, which are spread over an 8-acre undulated landscape. In the centre, tourists can view exotic plants and cacti garden. By visiting the site, tourists can play with large exhibits and learn the underlying principles on which they function. Mathematics gallery of the centre aims at unravelling the world of mathematics and its application. In this gallery, tourists can also gain awareness about the Indian contribution towards this subject during the Vedic Period. Motion gallery serves to enlighten tourists about the concept of motion and its all-pervading presence in the universe. Motions of varied items, ranging from deep within the molecules to celestial motion of planets are explained by numerous interactive exhibits. Gallery on fun science has many interactive exhibits like antigravity mirrors, vortex, jumping disc and others.

     

    Ananta Vasudeva Temple - Ananta Vasudeva Temple is the worship place of the idols of Lord Krishna, Lord Balaram and Goddess Subhadra. Built in the 13th century, it is a Vaishnav temple. In the temple is housed the idol of Lord Balaram, which is over headed by a seven hooded serpent and the idol of Lord Krishna holding a mace and conch. First of its kind in a group of dated temples, the main temple stands on a uniform platform. The temple contains a three-chambered frontal adjunct consisting of Jagamohana, the Natamandira and the Bhogamandapa. Temple belongs to the period of Chandrika, the daughter of Anangabhima III, and was built during the reign of the King Bhanudeva. Unlike the images of Puri, idols found in the garbhagruha of the temple have complete structures. Black granite stone has been used to carve the shrimurties. Different kinds of Naivedyas are offered daily.

     

    Orissa Modern Art Gallery - Orissa Modern Art Gallery is focused on displaying contemporary works of art. Established for the promotion of Orissan contemporary art, artist and artisans, it is the first and only contemporary fine art gallery existing in the state. Exhibits of the gallery comprise a collection of contemporary art and crafts from Orissa, aimed for the betterment of their artistic status. Out of more than 800 pieces exhibited in the gallery, 200 pieces belong to the local artists, who have been benefited from the sale of their works.

     

    Vaital Deul - Vaital Deul Temple, built during the 8th century, is a Tantric shrine, located near Bindu Sarovara. Belonging to Khakhara order, an offshoot of the Kalinga School, the temple is noted for the 'deul' (tower) with rectangular shape. It was a major centre of esoteric rites and Tantric worship, the combined elements from certain sects of Buddhism and Hinduism. This fact is corroborated by the presence of dimly lit inner sanctum inside the temple. Chamunda, the Tantric form of Goddess Durga, is the presiding deity of the temple. The goddess is depicted as enthroned upon a corpse, wearing a necklace of skulls and protruding out her bright red tongue. Around the image of Chamunda, there are 15 niches that are filled with strange figures.

     

    Brahmeswara Temple - Brahmeswara Temple was built by Queen Kolavati, who was the mother of the Somavasani King, in 1061. Three broad styles as rekha, pidha and khakhara compose the architectural design of the temple. Sanctum, with a convex curvilinear spire, locally known as the deul, also called bada deul (the big temple) or the rekha deul, adorn the temple. Depicting typical Orissan style of architecture, the temple has a Jagamohana that has a carved interior. Made using iron beams, the temple has been adorned with figures of the musicians and dancers, the lion-head motif, as well as amusing and erotic figures. Four shrines of this 11th century temple are located at each corner.

     

    Cactus Garden - Cactus Garden is located near Ekamra Kanan. Near the site lies amusement games in Nicco Park that allures children. A part of the Regional Plant Research Centre, the garden is frequented by tourists and locals alike for enjoying picnics, jogging and walking activities. In the garden, tourists can find a huge collection of cacti.

     

    Parashurameswar Temple - Parasurameswar Temple was built in the Kalinga style in 650 AD, and dedicated to Lord Shiva. In the temple are housed idols of Lord Vishnu, Yama and seven Mother Goddesses. Highlights of the temple include bust of Shiva, exquisite friezes of animal life, human figures and floral motifs. In the temple is located a Jagamohana, which instead of being a stepped pyramid, is a rectangular structure with a terraced roof, sloping in two stages. The deul, facing the west is a square towered structure, and is enclosed within a compound wall. Sitting on a triratha like plan, a dominant style of the early periods, the deul is about 13 m high. Stage of Saiva Pasupata Sect that is typified by the temple is illustrated by the frequent representation of Lakulisa.

     

    Mohini Temple - Mohini Temple is located at an elevation of 9.45 ms on the south-bank of Bindu Sarovara. In the temple are located idols of deities Parsva-Devatas, Parvati, Kartikeya and Ganesha. Few short records are incised on the body of the deul. A ten-armed dancing icon of Chamunda is located inside the sanctum. Six-armed image of 'Mahishasuramardini' lies on the floor of the Jagamohana. Carved lotus on the topmost stone capping the corbels adorns the original 'Garbha-Muda' above the present wooden ceiling.

     

    Rameswar Temple - Rameswar Temple is known as the Mausi Maa Temple of the Lingaraj Temple. Located at a distance of 2 km from Lingaraj Temple, it dates from the 9th century AD. Folklore legend states that when Lord Ram was returning from Lanka after victory over Ravana, Goddess Sita asked to worship Shiva at the site of the temple. Seeing her devotion, Ram built a Lingam at the site for the purpose of her worship. It is believed that Lord Lingaraj comes to this temple by a large chariot called Rukuna Rath and stays for four days, during Ashokastami, which falls one day before Rama Navami in Chaitra.

     

    Siddheshwar Temple - Siddheshwar Temple is home to a figure of the Lord Ganesh in a standing position. A typical Orissan Temple, it is located in Khurda District. Interior of the temple comprises a pancha-ratha sanctum with five-divisional walls. In the upper part, wall is further sub-divided into two registers by the median bands. Consisting of seven mouldings, these walls are decorated with khakhara and pidha-mundis. A row of miniature turrets group the shikhara. These shikhara are surmounted by four rampant lions on the central ratha. Four squatting figures, which is the characteristic of the Orissan Temples, support its main amalasaraka. Between pilasters, 'Jagamohana', which is known as 'tryanga', and its 'jangha' are relieved with 'pidha-mundis'.

     

    Sari Deul Temple - Sari Deul Temple is an archetypal instance of a Sapta-Ratha Temple. Situated behind the Jagannath Ballabh Matha on the southern side of Bindu Sarovara, the temple is surrounded by houses on all sides. Its art and architecture provides ample evidence to indicate that it belonged to the Ganga period. Designs of the Ganga art are present in the pilasters that have been over crowded with numerous scrolls.

     

    Paschimeshwar Temple - Paschimeshwar Temple is situated within the precincts of the Yameshwar Temple. Built in a similar fashion on the lines of Parasurameshwar group of temples, it honours Lord Shiva and his consort, Goddess Parvati. In the temple are housed idols of Parvati, Ganesh and Kartikeya. Holding a vase, a crooked staff, a rosary and a lotus, Goddess Parvati, Shiva's consort, is presented in standing posture. These items are held by her in her four arms. The goddess stands atop her mount, with the lion at her side. On the peacock, Kartikeya, the warrior son of Lord Shiva is seated holding a spear and a matulinga in his hands. Sikhandaka-kakapaksha is the way, in which his hair is coiffured. Laddukas, a hatchet, a rosary and a radish are held in the four hands of elephant-headed god, Ganesh, the other son of the Lord. His typical pot-belly is tied by a snake.

     

    Swarnajaleswar Temple - Swarnajaleswar Temple bears on the lintel of its northern niche a scene of Lord Siva's marriage. This can be regarded as a replica of the same scene carved on the lintel of the eastern niche of the Parasurameswara Temple. Located on the road from the Lingaraj Temple to the Kedargouri Temple, it has been carved with scenes depicting several scenes from Ramayana and The Mahabharata. These scenes are depicted in a sunken panel running round the Vimana and making the transition between the Vada and the Sikhara.

     

    Asvathama Rock - Asvathama Rock is located on Dhauli Hill near Bhubhaneshwar.It is a figure of the fore-part of an elephant sculpted into the north face of Dhauli Hill. About 4 feet in height, this sculpture is carved out of sandstone and is not polished. Scholars believe that this rock was the symbolic representation of Buddha. Inscriptions on the rock prove that this rock was one of the oldest sculptures in Bhubhaneshwar. The rock probably got its name from Asvathama, the elephant which has a reference in the Mahabharata.  Though the sculpture is incomplete this elephant figure is considered to be a remarkable piece of art. The Asvathama rock lies only at a distance of 8 km from Bhubhaneshwar and is easily accessible. You can visit the Saddharma Vihar Monastery, the Hindu temples and a number of rock-cut caves on Dhauli Hill while at the Asvathama Rock. A guided heritage walk would be the best way to spend the day at this monument.

     

    Quadam-i-Rasool - Quadam-i-Rasool is located in Cuttack. It has a unique place among the attractions of Cuttack as it symbolises the harmony that existed between various religions in ancient times.  A Hindu ruler built this eighteenth century Mosque Complex for the benefit of the Muslims. A landmark building, it is built in a mixture of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles. Quadam-i-Rasool is the most shining example of the secular fabric of Indian culture. The tourists visiting the place will be in awe of the structural elegance of the mosque. The central mosque is supposedly having foot prints of Prophet Mohammed imprinted on a circular stone.  Tourists who visit Quadam-i-Rasool can also engage in some shopping activities at nearby shops for silver artifacts, brass products, Pipli textiles and stone carvings of Puri. Apart from this, you can also visit other attractions like Dhabaleshwar, Barabati Fort, Stone Revetment, Cuttack Chandi Temple, Singanatha Temple and the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary, which are located nearby.

     

    Sureswar and Gouri Temple - Sureswar and Gouri Temple may be regarded as close contemporaries of the Mukteswara Temple. Sureswar Temple stands near the Kotitirtheswar Temple in the neighbourhood of the Swarnajaleswar Temple. Gouri Temple is situated in the compound of the Kedareswar Temple.

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    Lingaraj Temple - Lingaraj Temple is located within a spacious compound wall of latterite measuring 520 ft by 465 ft. Biggest of all temples in the city, it is devoted to the Hindu god Harihara. In addition to being surmounted by a plain slant coping, the wall of the temple is 7 ft 6 inches thick. A terrace probably meant to protect the compound wall against outside aggression, runs alongside the inner face of the boundary wall. Representing the quintessence of the Kalinga type of architecture, the temple rises to a height of about 180 ft. Linga' or 'Lingam', which is the symbol of Lord Shiva is worshipped by the devotees visiting the temple. Lord Shiva, whose consort is called Bhuvaneshvari, is worshipped at the temple as Tribhuvaneshwara (Master of three worlds, heaven, earth and netherworld).

     

    Nandankanan Zoo - Nandankanan Zoo is located in the Chandaka Forest, on the banks of the Kanjia Lake. Black panthers, gharial crocodiles and white tigers are some of the wildlife that exist in the zoo. The zoo is home to over 67 kinds of mammals, 18 varieties of reptiles and 81 species of birds that co-exist in the deeply forested boundaries. For gharial crocodiles, a captive breeding centre is also located within the zoo. White tiger breeding also takes place at the zoo. Asiatic lions, Indian crocodiles,    Nilgiri langurs   and countless birds, reptiles and fish are also housed within the zoo. In the zoo are also housed 34 aquaria that contains a large variety of fresh water fish. Entrance of the Reptile Park is adorned with a life-size tyrannosaurus.

     

    Dhauli Giri Shanti Stupa - Dhauli Giri Shanti Stupa, also known as Peace Pagoda, is a Buddhist structure built jointly in 1972 by the Japan Buddha Sangh and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangh. Situated on the opposite hill of Dhauli Giri, it was built through the Indo-Japanese collaboration. Constructed by the chief priest of Nipponzan Myohoji, who came to India in 1930 from Mt. Minobu, the original holy place of the Nichiren Sect, it is a domed structure. Stupa is domed on top with mushroom-like structures and adorned with 'speaking' stone panels. Reclining Buddha, an elephant procession, the bodhi tree and footprints of Buddha bearing the chakra (wheel) adorn the main stone panels. The panels also comprise a sleeping beauty fanned by female attendants, procession on horseback and Emperor Ashoka renouncing war by offering his sword to Lord Buddha at Dhauli Giri. Saddharma Vihar Monastery, the ancient sculptures and varied extraordinary art forms are also located at the site. An old Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Dhavaleshwar, which was reconstructed in 1972, is located beyond the stupa.

     

    ISKCON Temple - ISKCON Temple contains idols of deities like Krishna, Balaram, Gaura Nithai, Subhadra and Jagannath. Focused on propagating and educating spiritual knowledge, techniques of spiritual life to society at large, and consciousness of Krishna, the temple follows the great scriptures of India, Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam. As publicised in the teachings of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the temple focuses on the belief that each soul is part and package of the quality of Godhead, Krishna. The temple also promotes the sankirtana movement, congregational chanting of the holy name of God.

     

    Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves - Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves have derived their names, owing to their location on two hills, Udayagiri and Khandagiri. Mentioned as Kumari Parvat in Hathigumpha inscription, the two caves face each other across the road. At the site, tourists can find a number of ornately carved caves. Legend states that during the reign of King Kharavela, most of these caves were carved out as residential blocks for the Jain monks. Khandagiri has 15 caves, while Udayagiri meaning 'Sunrise Hill', has 18 caves. These partly natural and partly artificial caves of archaeological, historical and religious importance are called lena or lena in the inscriptions. Dug out mostly during the reign of Kharavela for being the abode of Jain ascetics, the caves are located at a distance of 8 km from the destination. A double storeyed monastery, Ranigumpha in Udayagiri is the most important of this group.

     

    Ram Mandir - Ram Mandir is home to the beautiful images of Lord Ram, Lord Lakshman and Goddess Sita. Visible from many parts of the capital city, the high rising spire of the main temple is its main attraction. In the temple are also located shrines devoted to ochre-painted marble idols of Lord Hanuman, Lord Shiva and other gods. Located in the heart of Bhubaneshwar, near Kharavel Nagar, Janpath, the temple has been built and is managed by a private trust.

     

    Mukteswara Temple - Mukteswara Temple, built in 950 AD, has sculptured gateways, diamond shaped latticed windows, decorated interiors and large number of carvings. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is considered as the most complex Lord amongst the Hindu Gods, the temple is imprinted with figures of ascetics in different poses of meditation. Name of the temple that means 'Lord who gives freedom through Yoga', is empowered by the sculptural images. Several small shrines that comprise numerous lingams of Lord Shiva are located within the temple. Arched gateway also called 'Torana' dating back to about 900 AD displays the influence of Buddhist architecture. Modeled on the 'Torana' (arched gateway) recovered from the field in Bhubaneshwar, this structure is adorned with sculptures that range from elaborate scrolls to female forms, and figures of monkeys and peacocks.

     

    Nicco Park - Nicco Park is an amusement park that was built by the Nicco in collaboration with the BDA in 1997. An open space with an artificial lake running in its middle is the former site, where the Nicco Park now stands. An artificial lake has been made in the centre of the park.

     

    Raj Rani Temple - Raj rani Temple, dating from 11th century, is famous for its sculpted figures and the successive tiers of projections rising to form its 18 m high tower. Spire, reminiscent of the temples of Khajuraho, along with a square sanctuary and its interior and exterior surfaces are the chief features of the temple. Fine sculptures of dikpalas or guardians of the eight directions carved around the shrine are prominent highlights of the temple. These sculptures are dressed in diaphanous draper and stand on lotuses, with their mounts below. Indra (Lord of the East) holding a thunderbolt and an elephant goad are also located within the temple complex. Pot-bellied and bearded Agni (south-east), god of fire, Ram and Yama holding a staff and a noose are some of the other adornments of the temple.

     

    Orissa State Museum - Orissa State Museum has two life size dancing welcome statues in Odissi dance posture at its entrance. In the museum are housed archaeological objects, art and craft objects, natural history objects, Bronze Age tools and stone sculptures. Established in 1948 by N.C. Banerjee and Professor Ghanshyam Dash of Ravenshaw College, the museum also contains bronze images, traditional and folk musical instruments, coins, copper plates, prehistoric objects, ethnological objects and armoury. Well-known and famed for its huge collection of manuscripts on palm-leaves, the museum was formally declared by the Government of Orissa in 1938. In the museum, tourists can view palm leaf manuscript of 12th century devotional poem Gita Govinda. By a collection of traditional and folk musical instruments and sculptures of different shapes and sizes, the museum expresses the vivid history and cultural traditions of Orissa.

     

    Dhauli Giri - Dhauli Giri is the site, on whose plains Kalinga War was fought. Adorned with a rock edict erected by the great emperor Ashoka of Maurya Dynasty, the hills are located on the banks of the Daya River. Seeing the Daya River that had turned to red by the Kalingan martyrs, Ashoka renounced war and embraced Buddhism. The bloodshed led Ashoka to change his mind, after which he laid down the weapons of violence and accepted a life of Ahimsa in the form of Buddhism. After crossing Daya River Bridge, tourists can enter Dhauli Giri Shanti Stupa at the right side. After the historic Kalinga War, Ashoka renounced all bloody battles, embraced Buddhism and became an ambassador of non-violence. Located in the Khurda District of Orissa, the preserved edicts of Ashoka stand testimony of the change of his heart.

     

    Biju Patnaik Park - Biju Patnaik Park is located adjacent to the United Nations and the British government's DFID offices. Dedicated to the chief minister of the state, Biju Patnaik, the park, is located in Berhampur. Spread over an area of seven acres, the park is maintained by Berhampur Development Authority. The park is adorned with a floating mountain and musical fountain. In the park, tourists can also find boating facilities. In the morning and evening, tourists and locals can be seen jogging, walking and strolling in the park. Illuminated with decorated lamps, the park is also frequented by visitors at night.

     

    Swargadwar Beach - Swargadwar Beach is located in Puri. The beach is situated at a distance of two kilometres from the famous Jagannath temple and is one of the most famous beaches along the eastern shores of the country. The Swargadwar beach draws people from all over the world. Both devotees as well as tourists come here to enjoy a dip in the waters. Its fame is also attributed to it being the bathing place of Sri Chaithanyadev, a saint. The beach also functions as a cremation ground for the Hindus. The Swargadwar beach has the ideal settings for swimming and other water sport activities. Recently, surfing has also emerged as an important adventure activity on this beach.

     

    Pathani Samanta Planetarium - Pathani Samanta Planetarium aims to make people aware about astronomy, astrophysics and space science. The planetarium also aims to generate awareness among them regarding their environment. It offers regular shows about outer space to create awareness in the field of astronomy, astrophysics and space science. Shows organised by the planetarium include night sky watch, audio visual program, poster shows and display of astronomical instruments. To support scientists wishing to conduct research on science and technology, the planetarium offers financial help. Further, it also provides them with a bigger platform where they get the opportunity to interact in the conferences of international repute. Works of the planetarium are also focused on creating awareness about the remote sensing technology. At the library located within the planetarium, collection of the books on environment, technology and science are found.

     

    Museum of Tribal Art and Artefacts - Museum of Tribal Art and Artefacts is home to displays to everything connected with the life of Orissa's tribal people. Exhibition rooms of the museum are adorned with primitive murals and house traditional costumes, jewellery and household appliances. In the museum are also housed hunting equipment such as bows and arrows, axes, and traps for birds and fish, which indicate the life-style of the tribal people of Orissa. The museum is also home to a wide variety of indigenous tools, weapons   and ritual objects. Currently housing about 2,247 artefacts, the museum is located in a 12-acres campus that is run by the Tribal Research and Training Institute. Museum is home to dresses and ornaments, dokra items   and weapons of offence.

     

    Indira Gandhi Park - Indira Gandhi Park was erected at the site where Late Mrs. Indira Gandhi had delivered her last public speech on 30th October, 1984. After returning from the destination, she was shot dead by her own bodyguards. Located in front of Orissa Secretariat and State Assembly, the park is spread over an area of 10.6 acres. Once the parade ground of the city, the park is decorated with flower gardens and fountains. In the park, tourists can view a statue of Late Mrs. Indira Gandhi that was designed and sculptured by Russian sculptors Mr. Dimitry Ryebachev and Alexander Ryebachev. The park is a favourite for strolling, relaxation and walking. In the morning, many locals can be seen jogging within the park.

     

    Sisupalgarh - Sisupalgarh is the largest and aptly preserved early historic fortification in India. A ruined fortification in Khurda District, the city is belied by archaeologists to be at least 2,500 years old. As part the architectural pattern and artefacts discovered during the early excavations, archaeologists have put forth their belief that this fort city flourished between 3rd century BC and 4th century AD. By employing geophysical survey, systematic surface collections and selected excavations in the 4.8 km perimeter of the fortified area, archaeologists have studied individual houses, and civic as well as domestic architectures. It is believed that a defensive settlement discovered at the site originated during the Maurya Empire. Fortress is pierced by two gates on each side that rise up to a height of 90 m.

     

    Ekamra Kanan - Ekamra Kanan is located at Saheed Nagar, in IRC Village, at Nayapalli. Within 512 acres area of the park are present a lake, rose gardens, and nursery. In the park, tourists can also find boating facilities, a pyramidal greenhouse, and playgrounds for children.  In the proximity of  Ekamra Kanan lies Ekamra Haat that contains many shops selling handicrafts and handloom. From the shops, tourists can buy chandua of pipili or the sambalpuri saree. Tourists can also buy terracotta, patta painting, horn toys, dhokra and stone sculpture directly from the artisans from this shopping site.

     

    Hirapur Village - Hirapur Village is famous for its Yogini Temples, which are two of the best self preserved temples of the Yogini cult. Apart from being being filled with a number of attractions dating from the reign of Somavamsi and Bhauma rulers in Orissa, the village also contains many ancient Hindu and Buddhist heritage sites. Yogini cult, a simple tribal and folk tradition in India somewhere in the 8th century AD, has its origins in Hirapur. In the Yogini Temples, many inscriptions have been found that corroborate the belief that the rituals followed by the Yogini cult were prevalent even in the 16th century AD. In the Yogini Temples of Hirapur, Yoginis are portrayed as balancing themselves on a pair of wheels or playing drums.

     

    Kedareshwar Temple - Kedareshwar Temple is believed to have been built between the last decade of the 11th century and the early part of the 12th century. One of the eight Astasambhu Temples, the ancient temple stands near the yard of the Mukteswara Temple. On the right hand wall of the Jagamohana lies an inscription at the entrance that records the donation of a perpetual lamp to Lord Kedareshwar. The donation was made by Raja Pramadi, the younger brother of the Ganga King Anantavarman Chodaganga, in the 11th century. A prominent place of Shiva worship during the early part of the 12th century, the temple lies at a distance of 4 km  from the city. Lord Shiva, known locally by the name ‘Kedareshwar’ is the presiding deity of the temple. Lovers come at the temple to pray for their happy wedlock without any obstacles, owing to the belief that the temple is built at the site where the lovers, Kedar (male) and Gouri (female), were killed.

     

    Bindu Sarovara and Ocean Drop Tank - Go to the legendary Bindu Sarovara and Ocean Drop Tank which is believed to have water from every holy water body in the whole of India. The tank is suitably surrounded by many temples. This place and tank is considered holy and many people from all over India come here to get the taste of the water. Ananta Vasudeva and Lingaraj Temple are close by while for rituals at the Lingaraja temple during the auspicious Ashokashtami festival, the main deity is bathed in this lake.

     

    Uttaresvara Temple - Uttaresvara Temple sits on the north bank of the Bindu Sarovara. It consists of the deul and Jagamohana of the Parasurameshwar type. The temple has its superstructure above the first 'Bhumi-Amla' that was plastered during the course of repairs and restorations. Images of Parsva-Devatas and Kartikeya are the highlights of the temple. Deity that is noted for the plasticity of modelling, stands without his mount, holding in his left hand a long spear, and his right hand akimbo.

     

    Satrughaneswar Temple - Satrughaneswar Temple belongs to the group of temples dating from the 6th century AD. Representing a Sikhara Temple, it has been restored. A few sculptures that still exist in the monument or have been recovered from it, provide resemblance to those of at Dasavatara Temple at Deogarh. Characteristic of the Post-Gupta Art, sculptures of the Satrughaneswar are marked by the vigour and exuberance. To its side, ruined temple of Laxmaneswar stands.

     

    Sisireshwara Temple - Sisireshwara Temple is composed of beautiful figures, which show sensitivity and refined workmanship, evident in the Nataraj image. This is depicted by the image within the medallion and the well-proportioned figures of the Parsva-Devatas like the four-armed Ganesh, the two-armed Kartikeya, or the eight-armed 'Mahisasuramardini'. Elaborate scrollwork that intricate floral motifs also adorn the temple. At the temple, the Jagamohana is conspicuous by its rectangular shape. Exterior of the temple is embellished with many sculptures. One of these sculptures, image of Kamadeva, the god of Love, in the company of two females, is a noted feature of the temple. Testifying to the gradual secularisation of the art-idiom, some of the artwork seems to have been inspired by Buddhist ideas.

     

    Odissi Research Centre - Odissi Research Centre promotes Odissi dance and music forms, while providing facilities for research in various aspects of the cultural tradition of the state. An autonomous institution set-up by the Government of Orissa, it was established in 1986 and dedicated to the cause of Odissi dance and music in the state. In association with the centre, group of famous artists and art-critics function.

     

    Daiteswar Temple - Daiteswar Temple is constructed in sandstone and is located on the left side of the road leading to Kedargouri Temple from Parasurameswara Temple. On the door of the east-facing temple, many carvings are present. Outer walls are not adorned with any design. Dating from the 10th or 11th century, the temple has recently been renovated.

     

    Regional Science Centre - Regional Science Centre has 84 interactive exhibits, which are spread over an 8-acre undulated landscape. In the centre, tourists can view exotic plants and cacti garden. By visiting the site, tourists can play with large exhibits and learn the underlying principles on which they function. Mathematics gallery of the centre aims at unravelling the world of mathematics and its application. In this gallery, tourists can also gain awareness about the Indian contribution towards this subject during the Vedic Period. Motion gallery serves to enlighten tourists about the concept of motion and its all-pervading presence in the universe. Motions of varied items, ranging from deep within the molecules to celestial motion of planets are explained by numerous interactive exhibits. Gallery on fun science has many interactive exhibits like antigravity mirrors, vortex, jumping disc and others.

     

    Ananta Vasudeva Temple - Ananta Vasudeva Temple is the worship place of the idols of Lord Krishna, Lord Balaram and Goddess Subhadra. Built in the 13th century, it is a Vaishnav temple. In the temple is housed the idol of Lord Balaram, which is over headed by a seven hooded serpent and the idol of Lord Krishna holding a mace and conch. First of its kind in a group of dated temples, the main temple stands on a uniform platform. The temple contains a three-chambered frontal adjunct consisting of Jagamohana, the Natamandira and the Bhogamandapa. Temple belongs to the period of Chandrika, the daughter of Anangabhima III, and was built during the reign of the King Bhanudeva. Unlike the images of Puri, idols found in the garbhagruha of the temple have complete structures. Black granite stone has been used to carve the shrimurties. Different kinds of Naivedyas are offered daily.

     

    Orissa Modern Art Gallery - Orissa Modern Art Gallery is focused on displaying contemporary works of art. Established for the promotion of Orissan contemporary art, artist and artisans, it is the first and only contemporary fine art gallery existing in the state. Exhibits of the gallery comprise a collection of contemporary art and crafts from Orissa, aimed for the betterment of their artistic status. Out of more than 800 pieces exhibited in the gallery, 200 pieces belong to the local artists, who have been benefited from the sale of their works.

     

    Vaital Deul - Vaital Deul Temple, built during the 8th century, is a Tantric shrine, located near Bindu Sarovara. Belonging to Khakhara order, an offshoot of the Kalinga School, the temple is noted for the 'deul' (tower) with rectangular shape. It was a major centre of esoteric rites and Tantric worship, the combined elements from certain sects of Buddhism and Hinduism. This fact is corroborated by the presence of dimly lit inner sanctum inside the temple. Chamunda, the Tantric form of Goddess Durga, is the presiding deity of the temple. The goddess is depicted as enthroned upon a corpse, wearing a necklace of skulls and protruding out her bright red tongue. Around the image of Chamunda, there are 15 niches that are filled with strange figures.

     

    Brahmeswara Temple - Brahmeswara Temple was built by Queen Kolavati, who was the mother of the Somavasani King, in 1061. Three broad styles as rekha, pidha and khakhara compose the architectural design of the temple. Sanctum, with a convex curvilinear spire, locally known as the deul, also called bada deul (the big temple) or the rekha deul, adorn the temple. Depicting typical Orissan style of architecture, the temple has a Jagamohana that has a carved interior. Made using iron beams, the temple has been adorned with figures of the musicians and dancers, the lion-head motif, as well as amusing and erotic figures. Four shrines of this 11th century temple are located at each corner.

     

    Cactus Garden - Cactus Garden is located near Ekamra Kanan. Near the site lies amusement games in Nicco Park that allures children. A part of the Regional Plant Research Centre, the garden is frequented by tourists and locals alike for enjoying picnics, jogging and walking activities. In the garden, tourists can find a huge collection of cacti.

     

    Parashurameswar Temple - Parasurameswar Temple was built in the Kalinga style in 650 AD, and dedicated to Lord Shiva. In the temple are housed idols of Lord Vishnu, Yama and seven Mother Goddesses. Highlights of the temple include bust of Shiva, exquisite friezes of animal life, human figures and floral motifs. In the temple is located a Jagamohana, which instead of being a stepped pyramid, is a rectangular structure with a terraced roof, sloping in two stages. The deul, facing the west is a square towered structure, and is enclosed within a compound wall. Sitting on a triratha like plan, a dominant style of the early periods, the deul is about 13 m high. Stage of Saiva Pasupata Sect that is typified by the temple is illustrated by the frequent representation of Lakulisa.

     

    Mohini Temple - Mohini Temple is located at an elevation of 9.45 ms on the south-bank of Bindu Sarovara. In the temple are located idols of deities Parsva-Devatas, Parvati, Kartikeya and Ganesha. Few short records are incised on the body of the deul. A ten-armed dancing icon of Chamunda is located inside the sanctum. Six-armed image of 'Mahishasuramardini' lies on the floor of the Jagamohana. Carved lotus on the topmost stone capping the corbels adorns the original 'Garbha-Muda' above the present wooden ceiling.

     

    Rameswar Temple - Rameswar Temple is known as the Mausi Maa Temple of the Lingaraj Temple. Located at a distance of 2 km from Lingaraj Temple, it dates from the 9th century AD. Folklore legend states that when Lord Ram was returning from Lanka after victory over Ravana, Goddess Sita asked to worship Shiva at the site of the temple. Seeing her devotion, Ram built a Lingam at the site for the purpose of her worship. It is believed that Lord Lingaraj comes to this temple by a large chariot called Rukuna Rath and stays for four days, during Ashokastami, which falls one day before Rama Navami in Chaitra.

     

    Siddheshwar Temple - Siddheshwar Temple is home to a figure of the Lord Ganesh in a standing position. A typical Orissan Temple, it is located in Khurda District. Interior of the temple comprises a pancha-ratha sanctum with five-divisional walls. In the upper part, wall is further sub-divided into two registers by the median bands. Consisting of seven mouldings, these walls are decorated with khakhara and pidha-mundis. A row of miniature turrets group the shikhara. These shikhara are surmounted by four rampant lions on the central ratha. Four squatting figures, which is the characteristic of the Orissan Temples, support its main amalasaraka. Between pilasters, 'Jagamohana', which is known as 'tryanga', and its 'jangha' are relieved with 'pidha-mundis'.

     

    Sari Deul Temple - Sari Deul Temple is an archetypal instance of a Sapta-Ratha Temple. Situated behind the Jagannath Ballabh Matha on the southern side of Bindu Sarovara, the temple is surrounded by houses on all sides. Its art and architecture provides ample evidence to indicate that it belonged to the Ganga period. Designs of the Ganga art are present in the pilasters that have been over crowded with numerous scrolls.

     

    Paschimeshwar Temple - Paschimeshwar Temple is situated within the precincts of the Yameshwar Temple. Built in a similar fashion on the lines of Parasurameshwar group of temples, it honours Lord Shiva and his consort, Goddess Parvati. In the temple are housed idols of Parvati, Ganesh and Kartikeya. Holding a vase, a crooked staff, a rosary and a lotus, Goddess Parvati, Shiva's consort, is presented in standing posture. These items are held by her in her four arms. The goddess stands atop her mount, with the lion at her side. On the peacock, Kartikeya, the warrior son of Lord Shiva is seated holding a spear and a matulinga in his hands. Sikhandaka-kakapaksha is the way, in which his hair is coiffured. Laddukas, a hatchet, a rosary and a radish are held in the four hands of elephant-headed god, Ganesh, the other son of the Lord. His typical pot-belly is tied by a snake.

     

    Swarnajaleswar Temple - Swarnajaleswar Temple bears on the lintel of its northern niche a scene of Lord Siva's marriage. This can be regarded as a replica of the same scene carved on the lintel of the eastern niche of the Parasurameswara Temple. Located on the road from the Lingaraj Temple to the Kedargouri Temple, it has been carved with scenes depicting several scenes from Ramayana and The Mahabharata. These scenes are depicted in a sunken panel running round the Vimana and making the transition between the Vada and the Sikhara.

     

    Asvathama Rock - Asvathama Rock is located on Dhauli Hill near Bhubhaneshwar.It is a figure of the fore-part of an elephant sculpted into the north face of Dhauli Hill. About 4 feet in height, this sculpture is carved out of sandstone and is not polished. Scholars believe that this rock was the symbolic representation of Buddha. Inscriptions on the rock prove that this rock was one of the oldest sculptures in Bhubhaneshwar. The rock probably got its name from Asvathama, the elephant which has a reference in the Mahabharata.  Though the sculpture is incomplete this elephant figure is considered to be a remarkable piece of art. The Asvathama rock lies only at a distance of 8 km from Bhubhaneshwar and is easily accessible. You can visit the Saddharma Vihar Monastery, the Hindu temples and a number of rock-cut caves on Dhauli Hill while at the Asvathama Rock. A guided heritage walk would be the best way to spend the day at this monument.

     

    Quadam-i-Rasool - Quadam-i-Rasool is located in Cuttack. It has a unique place among the attractions of Cuttack as it symbolises the harmony that existed between various religions in ancient times.  A Hindu ruler built this eighteenth century Mosque Complex for the benefit of the Muslims. A landmark building, it is built in a mixture of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles. Quadam-i-Rasool is the most shining example of the secular fabric of Indian culture. The tourists visiting the place will be in awe of the structural elegance of the mosque. The central mosque is supposedly having foot prints of Prophet Mohammed imprinted on a circular stone.  Tourists who visit Quadam-i-Rasool can also engage in some shopping activities at nearby shops for silver artifacts, brass products, Pipli textiles and stone carvings of Puri. Apart from this, you can also visit other attractions like Dhabaleshwar, Barabati Fort, Stone Revetment, Cuttack Chandi Temple, Singanatha Temple and the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary, which are located nearby.

     

    Sureswar and Gouri Temple - Sureswar and Gouri Temple may be regarded as close contemporaries of the Mukteswara Temple. Sureswar Temple stands near the Kotitirtheswar Temple in the neighbourhood of the Swarnajaleswar Temple. Gouri Temple is situated in the compound of the Kedareswar Temple.

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