Here’s some welcoming news for all tourists and travellers who have always taken interest in exploring the heritage sites of versatile India, especially in a state which is regarded as the land of lord Jagannath. Travellers can now get easily acquainted with Odisha’s ancient cultural sites as they can now take a walking tour of the state’s most treasured historical places. By Shrestha Purkayastha
Odisha Tourism Development Corporation’s “Odisha Walks” is the latest initiative inaugurated to push and promote Odisha’s opulent history and culture. This current undertaking will promise tourists and visitors a rememberable walking tour of the 11th-century Lingaraj Temple, Khandagiri Caves, Shanti Stupa, Udaygiri Caves, and the 10th-century Mukteshwar.
Tourists can learn a lot through these guided walking tours of Odisha
Tourists and Travellers can gather a fair amount of knowledge about the rituals, traditions, culture, and even the abounding architecture prominently present in each site’s corners. Additionally, these five guided tours are underlined under the category of identified heritage circuits, which eventually provide detailed information about the in and out of each site.
10th-century Mukteshwar temple, Odisha
What’s Solely remaining of the 10th-century Chandravanshi Dynasty of Kalinga is the Mukteshwar Temple. Illustrating an exemplary presentation of the 10th-century architecture of stones, this temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. The elaborate moulding on the temple narrates the stories of protected secrets and fictitious human forms. When we’re talking about some of the top-notch temple architecture, this temple proudly takes one of the best positions under its name.
11th-century Lingaraj temple
Adding one more name to the impeccable temple architecture is the 11th-century Lingaraja Temple, one of the most distinguished and well-established landmarks of Odisha. Committed to Lord Shiva, this temple marks its name in Brahma Purana’s historical scripture.
Shanti Stupa, Odisha
Shanti Stupa, also famously known as Peace Pagoda, is positioned on the Kalinga War’s site of 261 BC. This Shanti Stupa is situated in Daulgiri, which is nearly 7 km away from Bhubaneshwar’s capital city. The stupa was constructed in 1973 by the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha and celebrates the alteration of the heart of Emperor Asoka.
Constructed in the 2nd century BC by Kind Kharvela, the Khandagiri Caves are prominently significant Jain pilgrimage sites in Odisha. Long back, these antique caves were home to a lot of Jain scholars. To date, this cave stands as one of the most perfect references to cave architecture.
Udayagiri caves, Odisha
Another addition to an abode for Jain scholars, Udaygiri Caves is one such cave that comprises 18 caves in Udaygiri. King Kharvela’s belief transformed into Jainism and then he decided to shape these caves as shelters for Jain scholar travellers who did not prefer to adjourn in the same place for one more day.
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