Bhubaneswar literally meaning the “Seat of the Lord of the Universe” is known as the temple city of India. For the last 1500 years Kalinga (Orissa) have been ruled by several dynasties and each tried to outdo the other by constructing magnificent temples, resulting into a huge concentration of temples in Bhubaneswar.
According to legend the city once housed a thousand temples, sadly many of these have crumbled to dust and many more have been reconstructed into modern structures. But the few which have survived the test time and still stands to this day are definitely worth a visit.
The heritage of Bhubaneswar is not restricted to temples alone. Located at the site of the great Kalinga War (261 BC), which resulted in Emperor Ashoka embracing Buddhism. No wonder Bhubaneswar has its share of Buddhist historical sites.
Jains were also not left behind and Bhubaneswar has an unique mixture of Hindu, Biddhist & Jain heritage.