A-112 Kharved Nagar (Janpath) Unit-III, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, 751001, India
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Lingaraj Temple viewing platform
As non-Hindu's are not allowed to visit inside the Lingaraj Temple, there's a viewing platform that can be found on the northern side of the complex. Be warned, though, you may be approached by a "priest" with a donations book. I was! He had a book with values like Rs500 and Rs200 in it that I thought was a bit too much to just view the temple and not to actually visit it but I gave him Rs100 (which looking back and reading Lonely Planet is still a bit too much).
It is said that there were about 7,000 temple in Bhubaneswar which earned it the coveted title of the 'Temple City of India' although only a few hundred of these remain today. The temples are all located 2-3km south of the modern city centre and are fairly spread out so it's a good idea to hire an auto-rickshaw in order to tour around them. They date from the 7th to the 13th centuries, a period which saw the waning of Buddhism and a revival of Hinduism under the successive dynasties that ruled Orissa. The main temples include the large Lingaraj Temple which is a complex that contains the main temple as well as some 150 smaller temples and shrines but is, unfortunately out of bounds to non-Hindu's. Most of the other temples worth visiting are located to the east of the Lingaraj Temple. These include the Parasurameswar Temple, (the oldest), the Mukteswar Temple with a wonderful arched torana (gateway), the Raja Rani Mandir which is very ornate and the Brahmeswar Mandir.
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