- Temple Of Lingaraja
A great center of Shiva worship, known as Ekamra Kshetra in ancient
times, Bhubaneshwar and its environs have been described in the Puranas
as a region of one crore (ten million) Shivalingas. The Lingaraja temple
is the thriving nerve-centre of this heritage.
The presiding deity is the svayambhu linga, Hari-Hara Linga, which is half
Siva and half Vishnu. He is also named Tribhuvaneswara, the Lord of the
The Siva linga is bathed daily with water, milk and bhang. There are many
other deities in the temple. In the northeast corner of the temple there is
a deity of Parvati.
The main tower is 55 metres (180 feet) high. The temple area is about 150
square metres. The present temple was built between 1090 to 1104, but parts
of the temple are over 1400 years old. Traditionally accepted to have been
built in the seventh century A.D. by King Yayati Kesari.
Tradition says that one should first visit this temple before going to
Puri. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu came here before going to Puri.
There is a four day chariot festival every March/April when Lingaraja is
drawn on his chariot to the Ramesvara Temple.
Temples of India
- Temple Of Somnath
Somnath is famous as the place where Lord Krishna was shot in the foot by a
hunter. It is also known as Prabhas Patan. This is where the Yadavas, the
relatives of Lord Krishna, fought between themselves by the will of the
Lord. The explanation is that after Krishna finished His mission on earth,
He wanted to recall His eternal associates, the Yadavas. They were, however,
too powerful to be vanquished by anyone, so by the will of the Lord they
were cursed, and as a result of intoxication they fought among themselves.
Somnath is on the extreme southwest coast of Gujarat about 300 km southwest
of Ahmedabad.One of the twelve jyotirlingas is at the Somnath Temple.
It is said that this temple was originally built by Soma, the moon god, to
atone for the curse Daksha put on him. Because of the curse the moon began
to wane. Daksha advised Soma to go to Prabhasa to get rid of the curse. The
moon bathes here on amavasya, the new moon day, before regaining light.
Because the moon regained light here this place is known as Prabhasa.
Somnath means the "Lord of the moon'.
This temple is said to have been built by the moon god out of gold, then
rebuilt by Ravana out of silver, then by Lord Krishna out of wood , and
later by Bhima from stone.