The Lingaraj temple of Bhubaneswar by far the most notable temple not only of Bhubaneswar but also of Orissa, and according to expert opinions is also one of the best archaeological monuments of the East.
Rising to a height of about 180 feet and dominating the entire landscape within an area of about 10 miles, this great temple represents the quintessence of the Kalinga type of architecture and the culminating result of the architectural activities at Bhubaneswar.
Lingaraj Temple stands in the midst of a number of smaller temples within a spacious compound of laterite measuring 520 feet in length and 465 feet in breadth and having gates on the east, north & south.
Lingaraja temple of Bhubaneswar has actually four parts – the main temple, the Yajna Shala, the Bhoga Mandap, and the Natya Shala. There are images of both Lord Shiva and Vishnu. Lord Vishnu is present here in the form of Shaligram. Shiva idols are surrounding the Vishnu Shaligram idol. The temple top has neither Trishula (trident, weapon of Lord Shiva) nor Chakra (discus, weapon of Lord Vishnu) but it has the Lord Rama’s arrow symbol.
Lingaraj temple complex has several shrines dedicated to Goddess Bhuvaneshwari, Lord Narasimha, Lord Ganesha, Lord Kartikeya, and Lord Vishnu. The concert of Lord Lingaraja is Goddess Bhuvaneshwari who is an incarnation of Shakti. Maha Shivaratri and Navratri Durga Puja are the most celebrated festivals of Lingaraj temple.