Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, is also popularly known as the “Temple City of India”. Being the seat of Tribhubaneswar or ‘Lord Lingaraj’, which literally means the Lord (Eeswar) of the Three Worlds (Tribhuban), as in Lord Shiva , Bhubaneswar is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre. Hundreds of temples dot the landscape of the Old Town, which once boasted of more than 2000 temples. Bhubaneswar is the place where temple building activities of Odia style flowered from its very inception to its fullest culmination extending over a period of over one thousand years.
Founded during the Kalinga empire over 3,000 years ago, Bhubaneswar today boasts of a cluster of magnificent temples, constituting a complete record of Odisha temple architecture from its early beginnings to its culmination.
Post-Independence, the modern city of Bhubaneswar, designed by German architect Otto Konigsberger in 1946, was established to shape the city in serving as an administrative centre for the state. Today, the city is an emerging hub for education, health and information technology. The citizens of Bhubaneswar can take pride in the several distinctions bestowed to the city.
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