Bhubaneswar has rich and diverse heritage resources along with many sacred landscapes. It is the largest city in Odisha and is flourishing in terms of economic and religious importance. The city is also known as 'The Temple City of India'.
The state Museum of Orissa is divided into eleven sections namely Archaeology, Epigraphy, Numismatics, Armoury, Mining, Geology, Natural History, Art & Craft, Contemporary Art, Patta painting, Anthropology and Palm leaf Manuscripts. It was started in the year 1932 and later it was shifted to present building. Before shifting to the new building this museum was housed within the premises of college.
These caves have both religious and historical importance which is located in the vicinity of Bhubaneswar town. The total number rock cuts in these caves are 33, out of which 18 are excavated on udayagiri hills while 15 are on khandagiri Hills. There are both single and double storied caves which represent the Jaina rock cut architectures.
This temple is one of the oldest temples in Bhubaneshwar which is dedicated to the Hindu God Harihara, the form of Lord Shiva. It is also one of the oldest and largest temples in Bhubaneshwar. This temple was first built by the ruler Jajati Kesari during the 7th century. The temple has the remarkable structure which attracts a vast number of tourists in the city.
Parasurameswara Temple is one of the oldest temples in the state of Bhuvaneshwar. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. In the northwest corner of the complex inside the temple there are one thousand Lingas and beside it, there are beautiful carvings of lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva, and Lord Parvati. Parashurashtami is the major festival celebrated in the temple during the month of June and July every year.
Dhauli Giri lies across the Daya River and has major edicts of Ashoka engraved on a mass of rock. This area is believed to be the battlefield of Ashoka where he had slain over 150,000 people. It is both the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrim. The hills are dotted with a number of rock cut caves and temples along with numerous stupas, pillars, and monasteries.
The term 'Mukteshvara' suggests 'Lord who gives freedom through yoga'. This temple is dedicated to lord Shiva; Mukteshvara Mandir is a perfect example of Orissan architecture which dates back to 950-975 CE. The temple is often described as one of Jewels of Odisha with its exquisite sculptures and elegant style. This temple is one of the prominent tourist attractions in the city.
This temple has idols of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and also idols of Lord Krishna and Radhaji. The entire temple is built with the pure white stone which is very beautiful. ISKCON temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and organizes Bhajans, Kirtans, and pooja on a regular basis. The temple also promotes the sankirtana movement chanting of the holy name of God.
Raja Rani Temple is locally known as 'love temple' and is built in Pancharatha style. The temple is constructed with dull red and yellow sandstone. There are no images inside the sanctum, but has erotic cravings of women and couples in the temple. The architecture of other temples in central India is believed to have originated with this temple.
Nandankanan Zoo is also known as Nandankanan National Park and serves the first Gharial breeding center of India. The name Nandankanan means garden of pleasure and was established in the year 1960. It also has a botanical garden and part of it has been declared as a sanctuary. This zoo is the first gharial breeding center of India.
Hirapur is situated on the outskirts of Bhubaneshwar. It is a home to a Chausathi Jogini Mandir which was built by the Queen Hiradevi of Brahma Dynasty during the 9th century. This temple is also known by the name 64 Joginis Temple which is built in the circular fashion. The temple has around 56 idols made of black granite.
Raghurajpur is a heritage crafts village widely known for its master pattachitra painters. It is also the birth place of famous Odissi dance Guru Sri Kelu Charan Mohapatra. There are many craftsmen in this village who supplies decorative items into the temple and mathas. In this village, during car festival several chariots are decorated by chitrakaras the local artisans.
Pipili Village has houses and shops with beautiful applique work displayed in different colors. This village is believed to be established by the king of Orissa for keeping the craftsmen who used to make applique umbrella and canopies for the annual Jagannath Yatra. One can find varieties of crafts for household, decorative and for ceremonies.
The name konark is an amalgamation of two words kona meaning corner and Arka meaning the sun. konark is a medium town which houses massive temple dedicated to Sun God. This temple is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and is one of the most tourists attracting place in the town. Konark is also known as Arka Khetra.
Puri is situated alongside the coast of Bay of Bengal in the state of Orissa. Here, Jagannath temple is one of the major attractions. There are many places to visit in puri namely chilika lake, puri beach, Gundicha Ghar and Sun Temple. This town is also turning into industrial hub due to major manufacturing companies.