If you will search about the oldest and largest temple of Bhubneshwar, Lingaraja is the name that you will come across. It is one of the India’s finest temples and was built in the 11th century. However, historians are also expecting it have built in the 6th century.
Originally, the temple was considered as a Shiva Temple, but in course of time, it was transformed into a temple where booth Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are worshipped. If you are looking for the major attractions here, let’s inform you that it is the temple itself only. The unique architecture of the Lingaraja Temple is just mesmerizing. The main temple is surrounded by intricate sculptures, superbly structured courtyards which further encompass around 150 small temples.
Though visitors keep on visiting this holy place all the year, but it attracts lakhs of devotees on Shivratri. Pilgrims gather there to offer bhang and bel leaves, and to have a holy dip in the Bindusagar tank. A unique feeling of purity and spirituality is felt as you enter the temple.
The best time to visit Lingaraja Temple is January to March.