The word ‘Lingaraja’ is combination of two words ‘Linga’ and ‘Raja’. Linga or Shivling is the aniconic representation of the great Hindu deity, Lord Shiva. And Raja is a Hindi word that menace King. So combining these two words we can say that Lingaraja or the king of all Lingas is the main deity of this temple. This spiritual temple is reveal in the Indian state Odisha’s capital city Bhubaneswar. This holy temple is the most prominent landmark of this city. Every day thousands of Hindu believers visiting this temple with sole purpose to worship lord Shiva.
The Lingaraj temple is the largest temple in city Bhubaneswar. The main tower is about 45.11 m (148.0 ft) high and the complex of the temple has 150 smaller shrines in its commodious enclosure. Each and every inch of the 55 m (180 ft) tall tower of Lingaraja Temple is sculpted with beautiful designs. Every day Mahasnana ceremony i.e. bathing program of lord Shiva occur in the temple in this process a mixture of milk, curdled milk, clarified butter, honey and ghee called as ‘Panchamrita’ used upon the deity for bathing or purification. Every day the temple is opened at 6 a.m. and closed about 9 p.m. between 12 noon until about 3.30 p.m. temple is closed for ‘Bhoga’.
Devotees and tourist both like to visit this temple to experience the beauty and the charming peaceful environment of this temple. Bindusagar Tank water is beleived to heal physical and spiritual illness, during Candan Yatra this tank plays a major role. Shivaratri is the main festival celebrated annually in Phalgun month in Lingaraja Temple; millions of Hindu people visit this temple and pray all night long with lamp.
By Air: Bhubaneswar airport is the nearest airport.
By Train: Bhubaneswar railway station is the nearest railway station.
By Road: Bhubaneswar is well connected with other cities by road.
August to March is the best time to visit.
Hotels and lodges are located near to temple.