Lingaraja

Lingaraja Deula

The imposing Lingaraja Temple at Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The third largest Kalingan temple, its construction was initiated by the Somavamshi ruler Jajati Kesari and completed by his successors in the 11th-century. It is of the kailasa-type according to Śilpa Prakāśa & Mādalā Pānji.

According to Kalingan silpa-sastras or architecture-treatises, temples can be divided into 36 major categories. One of them is kailāśa and is considered Shiva’s favourite. The sribatsa-khandaśāla is likewise considered Vishnu’s favourite, an example being the Jagannatha Temple.

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