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Monday, July 05, 2010

Lingaraj Temple from Bindu Sagar

As most of you would know, Lingaraj Temple, situated at Bhubaneshwar in Orissa is a revered pilgrimage centre.

Bindu Sagar and Lingaraj Temple
Bindu Sagar is the religious tank or pond just outside the temple campus. It is believed that the waters of this religious tank washes away one’s sins.

Bindu Sagar Temple Area
Both Lingaraj Temple and Bindu Sagar were built during the rule of the Kalinga dynasty and are considered a jewel in Indian Temples and architecture as they are the finest example of Kalinga architecture.

Bindu Sagar and the Lingaraj Temple Campus on a cloudy day
I have been to the Lingaraj temple a couple of times years back,  but had never visited Bindu Sagar before. Hence, this time when I was at Bhubaneshwar, I decided to give Lingaraj temple a miss and pay a visit to the temple pond and its surrounding temples.

Temple near Bindu Sagar
It was a cloudy morning when I landed at Bindu Sagar. I could see the top half of the Lingaraj temple from this temple tank. I hoped that the weather would get better and allow to take some long distance photographs, but unfortunately, I had to be content with the short range.

Lingaraj Temple View 
There were temples by the other side of Bindu Sagar that were also built in the Kalinga architecture style. But, unlike the Lingaraj temple, these small temples have been abandoned. A great visit as this gave me a different perspective of Lingaraj temple.

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