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Journey To The City Of Temples [Bhubaneswar]

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Journey to the City Of Temples [Bhubaneswar]

The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, it was the summer season and all the flowers were blooming .It was a Sunday.
We were in Odisha. A beautiful state, we were in Cuttack [formerly the capital of Odisha] and my mother’s hometown.
My mother suddenly got a very good idea. She said to me that did you know? Bhubaneswar is a city of temples. There are three hundred temples in Bhubaneswar. That idea struck me. I am so fond of temples. The thing which I like about temples is the carvings done by the people of those times and surprisingly, they did not use any known machine and made the sculptures and the carvings by hand. I am also ...view middle of the document...

The Lingaraja temple was very huge. We then moved to Khandagiri and Udaygiri caves after lunch. We reached Khandagiri and Udaygiri caves at 3 o’ clock. Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves are partly natural and partly artificial caves they are of great archaeological, historical and religious importance near the city of Bhubaneswar in Orissa, India. The caves are situated on two adjacent hills, Udayagiri and Khandagiri, mentioned as Kumari Parvat in the Hathigumpha inscription. They have a number of finely and ornately carved caves. It is believed that most of these caves were carved out as residential blocks for Jain monks during the reign of King Kharavela. Udayagiri means "Sunrise Hill" and has eighteen caves while Khandagiri has fifteen caves. I liked the history and the architecture, the carvings are fascinating. It was very mesmerising. Next stop in our journey was the Dhaulagiri temple. Lord Buddha used to preach here. His preaching's been so strong that King Ashoka renounced war and embraced Buddhism. Situated on the banks of the Daya River and at about eight kilometres from Bhubaneshwar, Dhauli is the place where the gory Kalinga war was fought in 261 B.C. Today, Dhauli doesn’t look gory at all. Instead, it is a picture of greenery, peace and serenity. The Peace Pagoda built by the Japanese Buddhist Sangha stands tall on a hill and overlooks the entire Dhauli plain. This peace pagoda houses various statues of Lord Buddha and visually depicts stories of the Kalinga War and King Ashoka’s conversion to Buddhism.  Dhauli hill has major edicts of King Ashoka engraved on a mass of rock, by the side of the road leading to the summit of the hill. We spent some time around the temple and then when it was evening, we saw the sunset and it was the one of the most beautiful sights that I have ever seen. And the last stop for our temple journey was the Mukteshwar temple. Mukteswar Temple -- An important landmark to the architectural development in Odisha, the Mukteswar Temple is often described as one of the jewels of Orissa for its exquisite sculptures and elegant looks. The plan is now a full-fledged five sectioned form, pancharatha and the platform or the pabhaga consists of five mouldings, as in latter temples. The element still common with early temples, like Parasuramesvara and Vaital Deul, is the tryangabada, three-fold horizontal division of the lower story. The new,...

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