Built in the 11th century, Lingraj Temples most distinctive features are its ornately carved tower and its spires that soar to a hight of 54 meters. Dedicated to Tribhuvaneshwar (Lord of the three worlds) also known as Bhubaneshwar, it is one of the most prized examples of the temple architecture in the country. Here Lord Tribhuvaneshwar is bathed daily with water, milk and bhang. There is a Parvati temple too within the same precincts.
The temple built in the Kalinga School of architecture, was dedicated to Lord Shiva but there are images of Lord Vishnu, Ama Surya and seven mother goddesses. Lavishly decorated it has exquisite friezes depicting animal life, human figures and floral motifs coupled with impressive busts of Shiva.
This temple lies south of the Parsurameswara temple, built in similar fashion, only the motifs on the walls depict scenes from the Ramayana.
Vaital Deul is the shrine devoted to Chamunda (a Tantric avatar of Goddess Kali) or Shakti.
The Raja Rani temple is Famous for its ornet deul or compass, decorated with some of the most impressive Oriya temple architecture. The temple is remarkable for the absence of any presiding deity. The temple name is supposed to be derived from the red-gold sandstone used in building it Rajarani being the local name for the stone. The lower portion of the deul is populated by statues of eight Dipalakas, guarding the eight cardinal directions of the temple.
This sculpture temple is decorated for the Mukteshwara is refferd to as the “Gem of Oriya architecture” Richely sculpted the temple offers pride of the place to tales from the Panchatantra. The highlight of the temple is the magnificient torana- The decorative gateway and arched masterpiece, reminiscent of Buddhist influence in Orissa.The temple is is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Known for its fine erotic sculptures, this 9th century Brahmeshwar temple is a smaller copy of the Lingraja temple.
The legendary Bindu Sagar (Ocean Drop Tank) is believed to contain water from every holy stream, pool and tank in India. There is a water pavilion in the centre of the tank.
Orissa State Museum
The museum at the top of Lewis Road, or near Kalpana Square showcases some of Orissa's finer archaeological remains and treasures displayed in various galleries. It has a magnificent collection of various archaeological finds including some Buddhist and Jain sculptures, copper plates, coins and donatives inscriptions from ancient and medieval Kalinga. It boasts traditional and folk musical instruments, heavy jewellery, ancient weapons, tools and some photographs. The highlight of the museum is the rare palm leaf manuscripts and a collection of antique paintings. The well equipped library of the museum has some valuable publications on archaeology, architecture, history, anthropology, philosophy etc. Monday closed.
Museum of Man
Also known as the Tribal Research Institute, located near the CRP Square, has collection of tribal dresses, weapons and jewellery representing more than 60 different tribal groups mostly concentrated in southern parts of Orissa. Prototypes of the traditional style huts with authentic murals decorating their walls attract a large number of visitors. Sundays closed.
Pathani Samantha Planetarium
Named after the illustrious astronomer of Orissa, the planetarium situated near the Acharya Vihar Square, features programmes related to astronomy in a domed shaped air conditioned auditorium. The sprawling 4 acre complex has well manicured garden around it.
Orissa Modern Art Gallery
Set with the sole objective to promote contemporary Orissan art, the Gallery at Surya Nagar has an array of work in oil and water, sculptures, serigraphy, etching, lithography, wood carvings showing myriad aspects of life.
A showcase of Orissa's art, craft, culture and cuisine, set amidst lush green environ, Ekamra Haat, on a 5 acre plot is managed by IDCO, on behalf of the State government. The architectural design and ambience of Haat matches the activities carried out there. The shops selling ethnic produce not only promote the traditional craft but provide a direct market access to the local artisans and weavers. The infra-structure and facilities also include an open-air theatre, lily pond with water fountain, food stalls, artisan rest rooms and info centre.