05 January 2020
Bhubaneswar: Buoyed by the astounding response for beautification of Jagannath Puri, the Odisha Government is working on mission mode to enhance the grandeur Lingaraj temple and its surroundings in Bhubaneswar.
Over a period of time, the periphery of Lingaraj Temple was cluttered with habitation and commercial establishments. The beauty of these ancient shrine and sub-shrines in the surroundings needed proper attention.
Lingaraj Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is the most prominent landmark of Bhubaneswar city and one of the major tourist attractions of the state. To reclaim the past glory heritage of the temple, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced a package for its preservation.
The project, named as Ekamra Kshetra, has already commenced and a major portion of encroachment around Lingaraj Temple is being cleared. Today, the temple's reflection on Devi Padahara pond in Lingaraj Temple complex is a sight worth watching. People in the city and tourists from outside the State have commended the ongoing project and are anxiously waiting for its completion.
The temple in its present form dates back to the last decade of the eleventh century. Lingaraj temple is unique. It is a temple where Lord Shiva is worshipped Harihara meaning Vishnu and Mahadev, and is commonly referred to as Tribhuvaneshwara (also called Bhubaneswar), the master of three worlds.
Speaking about the preservation project, a senior official of the State Government said, “Bhubaneswar has been blessed with ancient tradition and architecture, which is both rich and exquisite. These monuments lacked were proper attention and a vision to project them before the world. Our target is to transform Lingaraj temples and its surroundings into world’s most attractive heritage centre.”