Konark International Sand Art Festival 2017

The International Sand Art Festival is an one of its kind festival organized at the Chandrabhaga beach of Konark in Odisha from December 1 to December 5. This 5 day extravaganza features sand artists from many countries who compete with the best Indian artists for the title. Its an remarkable cultural event held along with the Konark Dance Festival and is organized by Odisha Tourism to provide an impetus to tourism in Odisha. Thousands of people visit every year to witness sand artists showcasing their talent and creating masterpieces with sand. During this 5 days, there are 5 different themes and the artists are required to change the sculpture everyday as per the theme.  Continue reading “Konark International Sand Art Festival 2017”

Mukhteshwara & Raja Rani temple at Bhubaneswar

Mukhteshwara (Lord of Freedom) temple, often called the “Gem of Odisha culture” is a 10th century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Mukhteshwar temple has a typical Kalinga architecture featuring a Mukhasala, a Jagamohana and the Vimana. Continue reading “Mukhteshwara & Raja Rani temple at Bhubaneswar”

Konark: The Black Pagoda in Odisha

I am back with my first post of 2017. I  wish you had a great start to the new year and welcomed it by enjoying to the fullest. My first destination of 2017 is a ruined 12th century temple in Puri district of Odisha – The sun temple of Konark.

Konark Temple is an eerie place to visit. For some, its nothing more than a ruined temple while for those with an artistic insight, its a thing of beauty, a subtle combination of science, art and spirituality. Built in 1255 by the Ganga dynasty rulers, the temple had stood firm at its place for about eight centuries and what remains today is only a glimpse of the magnificent workmanship of the sculptures of the bygone years. No one has appreciated its beauty; neither the Europeans who desecrated it nor the democratic governments that followed. Continue reading “Konark: The Black Pagoda in Odisha”

Mystic dham of Lord Jagannath at Puri

The moon was in the sky casting its effulgence on the billowing ocean. A roaring sea piercing the silence of the night. There is no better place to see the moon; no better time. The only other things visible were tiny glitters of the lamps of the fishermen who have sailed to the horizon with their drifters in lieu of livelihood. Nothing deters them, neither the dark ocean nor its infinite depth and stretch. Continue reading “Mystic dham of Lord Jagannath at Puri”

A guide to the Jagannath Temple at Puri

The Jagannath temple at Puri is one of the Char Dhams. It is also known as the Purushottama kshetra, Martya Vaikuntha, Sri Khetra, Nilachala Dham etc. Owing to its reverence, there is a huge influx of devotees throughout the year. There are many legends and miracles surrounding this mystic temple. However, there isn’t much information about these legends that the devotees must know/see apart from the main temple when they visit. Continue reading “A guide to the Jagannath Temple at Puri”

11th century Lingaraj temple in the city of Temples

Best time to visit: Nothing in particular, but try to visit early morning or in the evening.

Photography: Not allowed

How to reach: The temple is easily accessible through city bus or auto rickshaws from the Kalpana chowk of Bhubaneswar.

Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar is one of the oldest known Shiva temples in India. The word Lingaraj translates to King of Lingas. Here Lord Shiva is worshiped as Harihara and Tribhuvaneshwara. Although primarily a Shiva shrine, many vaishnavite traditions are also followed in this temple along with the shaivite traditions. For example, the Shivalinga here is offered Bilvapatra as well as Tulsi leaves (Tulsi leaves is customarily offered to Lord Vishnu). Continue reading “11th century Lingaraj temple in the city of Temples”