Temples of Odisha

37 Most Famous Religious Places of Odisha

Odisha is famous for its ancient culture, tradition, heritage, and noteworthy temples. Odisha is home to numerous esoteric temples and religious places, making it a major pilgrimage site in India. Every year a lot of tourists and pilgrims come to Odisha to see these architecturally and artistically rich temples. There are more than 700 temples in Odisha, for which it is famous as the Land of Temples. You can find temples and religious sites in almost every street in Odisha. If you are interested in a religious tour, then Odisha is a place to visit. So, through this blog, we will explore some major religious sites in Odisha that you should visit on your next trip.

Lingaraj Temple

Lingaraj temple, one of the oldest religious places of Odisha

Lingaraj Temple is a Hindu temple of Lord Shiva, and it is one of the oldest and largest temples of Bhubaneswar. It is a belief that during the 7th century, King Jajati Keshari constructed this temple. This temple is built in the shape of a sanctuary tower, and it has a Dravidian Gopuram that you can also see in most of the South Indian temples. The major attraction of the Lingaraj Temple is the Linga, which is believed to have appeared naturally, rising 8 inches above the floor level and 8 feet in diameter. This temple is famous for its religious significance and magnificence architecture. In addition to this, the flawless carvings and the beautiful artwork on the walls of the temple make it even more attractive.

Pilgrims from different parts of the state come here during Mahashivratri, which makes it one of the great religious places of Odisha. An average of 6,000 people visit the temple every day, but during the time of Mahashivratri, about 200,000 devotees from far and wide congregate here. Apart from the famous Rath Jatra of Puri, people also celebrate another famous Rath Jatra of Lord Lingaraji in Odisha. People call this Rath Jatra as Rukuna Rath Jatra or Ashokastami. The months of winter, i.e., from October to February, are the best time to visit Lingaraja Temple. Because during these periods, the temperature of the city is conducive to tourism.

Timing: 6.00 AM-9.00 PM

Location: Bhubaneswar

Mukteswar Temple

Mukteswar temple of Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Mukteswar Temple of Bhubaneswar is famous for its stunning architecture. It is a belief that the Somvanshi dynasty built this temple in the 10th century. This temple is also dedicated to Lord Shiva, and it is present on the hilltop. Mukteswar Temple has also emerged as a popular religious place in Odisha for its amazing architecture, which presents a quintessential example of the longevity of the Kalinga style of architecture. You can also find the Buddhist style of architecture in a part of this temple. In addition to this, the beautiful sculptures and carvings in the temple depict the various Panchatantra stories.

Timing: 6.30 AM-7.30 PM

Location: Bhubaneswar

Rajarani Temple

Rajarani temple of Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Rajarani Temple of Bhubaneswar is famous for its erotic carvings of women and couples. So, people also know this as Love Temple. Initially, this temple was also known as Indreswar temple, a temple of Lord Shiva. This beautiful temple with red and yellow sandstones was built in the 11th century. You can’t find any idol of deities inside the temple, and this temple doesn’t belong to any particular sect. So, people from every religion can visit this place. This temple is also famous for its stunning architecture, built on a platform with two structures and a hall, known as Jagamohan. The murals on the walls depict the various moods during the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Timing: 10.00 AM-5.00 PM

Location: Bhubaneswar

Brahmeswar Temple

Brahmeswar temple of Bhubaneswar, one of the oldest religious places of Odisha

Brahmeswar Temple of Bhubaneswar, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one of the oldest temples of Odisha. The Somvanshi dynasty constructed this temple in the 9th century. This temple holds the historical and architectural significance. This temple of the Lingayat architectural style has many beautiful carvings on the interior as well as exterior walls. The architecture of this temple is also similar to the Mukteswar temple. This temple has beautifully designed banquets and dance halls.

Timing: 6.00 AM-8.00 PM

Location: Bhubaneswar

Parshurameswar Temple

Prashurameswar temple of Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Constructed in 650 A.D., Parshurameswar Temple is one of the ancient Hindu temples in Odisha. Even though this is a temple of Lord Shiva, it worships both Shiva and Goddess Shakti. The main attraction of this religious place is ancient Nagara style architecture. In this architecture, some of the major features like the vimana, a bada, the curvilinear spire over the roof, and the sanctum makes this temple one of the popular religious places and tourist destinations in Odisha. In addition to this, the presence of one thousand lingas in the north-west corner is another striking attraction of this temple. You can also find carvings of 8 planets from Vedic astrology, excluding Ketu. Moreover, the Parshurameswar temple celebrates the Parshuramastami on the 8th day of Ashadha (June–July), which is the main festival of this temple.

Timing: 5.00 AM-6.00 PM

Location: Bhubaneswar

Vaital Deul

Vaital deul or Tini mundia mandira of Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Vaital Deul, locally known as Tini Mundia Mandira, is one of the ancient Hindu temples present on the banks of Bindu Sarovara in Bhubaneswar. Constructed in the 8th century, this temple is the abode of Goddess Chamundi, the tantric form of Goddess Durga. The main feature of this temple is its Khakara style of Kalinga architecture, which is also similar to the Dravidian style of South Indian temples. Moreover, there are several erotic carvings of couples on the walls of this temple. You can also see the carved figure of Lord Surya along with his chariot, which acts as a guide for the renowned Sun Temple in Konark.

Timing: 7.00 AM-8.00 PM

Location: Bhubaneswar

Ananta Vasudeva Temple

Ananta Vasudev temple of Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Dedicated to Lord Krishna, Balaram, and Subhadra, Ananta Vasudeva Temple is one of the popular religious places in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Queen Chandrika of the Eastern Ganga dynasty in the 13th century constructed this temple. This temple holds the significance of Vaishnavism, which attracts a plethora of Vaishnava devotees. The architecture of this temple has also a resemblance to Lingaraj Temple. There is a beautiful sculpture of Balarama standing under a seven hooded serpent, while Krishna holds a mace, chakra, and a conch.

Timing: 8.00 AM-9.00 PM

Location: Bhubaneswar

ISKCON Temple

ISKCON temple of Bhubaneswar

ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) built this temple in 1991 in Bhubaneswar. This temple is the abode of Lord Jagannath, a well-known avatar of Lord Krishna. Although the Puri Jagannath Temple does not allow people of other faiths to enter, this temple allows people of all religions. Like Puri Jagannath Temple, ISKCON temple also celebrates the famous Rath Jatra of Lord Jagannath, which is famous in Bhubaneswar. The tranquil environment of this temple makes it a popular religious place in Odisha.

Timing: 4.30 AM-8.30 PM

Location: Bhubaneswar

Ram Mandir

Famous Ram Mandir of Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Ram Mandir of Bhubaneswar is one of the most popular religious places of Odisha. This temple worships Lord Ram, Lakshman, and Goddess Sita. Moreover, the idols of Lord Hanuman, Shiva, and many other deities are there in this temple. The daily Aarti is the major attraction of this temple, which draws a lot of devotees. This temple celebrates its main festival Ram Navami with great ecstasy and devotion. If you are a devotee of Lord Ram, then you should not miss Ram Navami of Ram Mandir.

Timing: 6.30 AM-9.30 PM

Location: Bhubaneswar

Dhauli

Dhauli giri of Bhubaneswar is one of the best Buddhist religious places in Odisha

Dhauli, located on the banks of the Daya River is 8 km from Bhubaneswar. The famous Shanti Stupa is significant for many devotees of Lord Buddha, and its beauty attracts many spectators from far and wide.

The Kalinga Battle fought in the 3rd century B.C., was so fierce that the Daya river turned red by the blood of the deceased. This marked a major change in Emperor Ashoka’s character, and he eventually adopted Buddhism. Ashoka has inscribed many things in Brahmi language on the stone of this hill. Moreover, Ashoka has made many chaityas, stupa, pillars, and tried to bring peace to society. The Japan Buddha Sangha and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha 1n 1970 built this dazzling Shanti Stupa of Dhauli. Its peaceful environment and stunning scenery attract a plethora of tourists.

Timing: 6.00 AM-6.00 PM

Location: Bhubaneswar

Chausathi Jogini

Chausathi Jogini, a tantric religious place of  Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Chausathi Jogini is a tantric temple, which is present 20 km away from Bhubaneswar in a hamlet, Hirapur. This temple has a hypaethral architecture. It is one of those rare religious places in Odisha, which has a separate history and perspective. The Archaeological Survey of India has taken the responsibility for the management of the site. According to legend, Goddess Durga took the form of 64 demi-goddesses to defeat a demon. After the fight, the 64 goddesses or Joginis asked the goddess Durga to commemorate them in the form of a temple structure. These idols of the temple express various feelings like joy, sadness, rage, pleasure, happiness, and desire, etc.

Timing: 6.00 AM-7.00 PM

Location: Bhubaneswar

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Dhabaleswar Temple

Dhabaleswar is a beautiful temple of Lord Shiva, present on an exotic island on the river Mahanadi, 27 km away from the city of Cuttack. The origin of this temple dates back to the early 10th or 11th century. King Bir Kishore of Khurda built the present-day temple around 1232 AD. During a hunting expedition, the king discovered the temple in a dilapidated state and ordered for its renovation and granted an area of land measuring 314 maana. The beautiful stone carvings enhance the beauty of this temple. Moreover, the footbridge over the river Mahanadi is an added attraction.

Timing: 5.00 AM-9.00 PM

Location: Cuttack

Cuttack Chandi Temple

Cuttack Chandi temple is the famous temple of Cuttack, Odisha

Cuttack Chandi Temple rests on the banks of river Mahanadi in the city of Cuttack. This ancient temple, devoted to Goddess Chandi, who is the presiding deity of Cuttack. The idol of the goddess is at the center of the temple. Durga Puja is the major festival of this temple, which takes place for 16 days, starting from the dark fortnight of Ashwina Krishna Ashtami till Ashwina Shukla Navami and Vijayadashami. During this festival, a large number of devotees come here seeking blessings, that makes this temple one of the important religious places of Odisha. The goddess has four hands holding Paasha, Ankusha, Abhaya, and Varada. Sevayatas belonging to Utkala Brahmins worship the goddess as Bhuvaneshvari Mahavidya (the queen of the universe) every day. Maa Cuttack Chandi is the Living Goddess for the people of Cuttack.

Timing: 6.00 AM-6.00 PM

Location: Cuttack

Qadam-E-Rasool

Qadam-E-Rasool is a magnificent mosque, present on the Jail Road of Cuttack. This gorgeous mosque spreads over 57 acres of area. The origin of this mosque dates back to the 18th century. This sacred shrine is a place of worship for both Hindu and Muslim communities, reflecting the religious harmony of the place. The striking feature of the mosque is the footprints of the prophet Qadam-E-Rasool, which is still housed in a metal basin in the central hall of the mosque. The Indo-Islamic architecture of this mosque makes it one of the best religious places for the Muslim devotees of Odisha.

There is a large minaret in the center of the mosque, which also includes the crescent and a star. Apart from this, you can also find nine small minarets with wood carvings and lacquer craft. Moreover, this place has an exquisite music gallery called Nawabat Khana. Like the exterior, interior design with black and white marble floorings is a treat for the eyes of visitors. In short, Qadam-E-Rasool is one of the must-visit tourist destinations of Odisha.

Location: Cuttack

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Puri Jagannath Temple

Jagannath temple at Puri, the famous temple of Odisha

Jagannath Temple of Puri is one of the important religious places in Odisha. This temple is the abode of Lord Jagannath and his siblings. It is a belief that the ruler of the Eastern Ganga dynasty, Anantavarman Chodaganga constructed this temple in the 11th century. It has created it’s unique identity around the world for its culture and traditions. According to Hindu pilgrims’ belief, their pilgrimage is not complete without coming here as this magnificent shrine of Odisha is one Dham among Char Dhams. Apart from this, the major festival of this temple, the world-famous annual Rath Jatra, attracts a large number of devotees to come here. Another interesting fact of this temple is the idols of three deities are carved out of wood, which are restored every twelve or nineteen years.

This popular temple of Odisha, covering an area of 37000 square meters, is designed in the Kalinga architectural style in a curvilinear shape. There are two walls, one out of which is Meghanad Pacheri of 6.1 m. high that surrounds the temple, whereas the other one is Kurma Bheda, which covers the main part of the temple. There are also 120 small shrines in the vicinity of Jagannath temple. Nilachakra at a height of 20 feet on the top of the temple, with beautiful Patitapaban Bana, captivates the minds of its pilgrims. The four Dwaras with perfect carving greatly enhances the decoration of the temple. Another attraction here is the Mahaprasad, which no devotee ever wants to miss.

There are some mysterious facts of Jagannath Temple that are beyond science and hard to believe. If you are visiting this temple, then make sure you will know the great history of Jagannath Temple from the local priest.

Timing: 5.00 AM-11.00 PM

Location: Puri

Alarnath Temple

Alarnath Temple is a sacred temple of Lord Vishnu, which is present in Brahmagiri 23 km away from Puri. During the reign of Rajputs from Alwar in Western Odisha between 1300 AD and 1400 AD, this temple was constructed. Hence, people also call this as Alwarnath Temple. After Snana Jatra, Lord Jagannath falls ill, and he is taken to a secret chamber for 15 days. During this period, popularly known as Anasara, people can not see the deity in Puri. So, people believe that during this time, Lord Jagannath manifests as Alarnath Dev, at the Alarnath temple. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, during his stay in Puri, claimed that he visualized the appearance of Lord Jagannath in Lord Alarnath.

Timing: 6.00 AM-9.30 PM

Location: Brahmagiri, Puri

Mangala Temple

The popular Mangala Temple is present in Kakatpur town of Puri district. This 15th-century temple with the Kalinga style of architecture holds the significance of ancient heritage. Maa Mangala is the presiding deity of this temple, who is a manifestation of Shakti. Buddist monks worship this deity as Tara. But after her establishment in Kakatpur, people worshipped her as Mangala, a form of Goddess Durga.

Location: Kakatpur, Puri

Konark Sun Temple

Sun temple of Konark is one of the best religious places of Odisha

The world-famous Sun Temple, also known as Black Pagoda is one of the seven wonders of India. This temple is one of the most beautiful monuments in the country in terms of culture, heritage, and architecture. Konark Sun Temple is also declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. The name Konark consists of 2 words, i.e, Kona means Corner and Arka means the Sun. Therefore, people also know Konark as Arka Kshetra.

In the 13th century, King Narsinghadev-1 of the Eastern Ganga dynasty had built this temple within 12 years with the help of 1200 artisans. The structure of this temple resembles that of an immense chariot of Lord Surya, shaped with various fascinating intricate carvings. In addition to this, the chariot has 12 wheels that denote 12 months, and 7 horses that denote 7 days in a week. Besides, the 12 wheels are sundials that can be used to calculate the exact time. This temple fashioned with Kalinga architectural style is one of the best tourist destinations in Odisha for art doters.

Timing: 6.00 AM-8.00 PM

Location: Konark, Puri district

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Taratarini Temple

Taratarini temple of Ganjam is the one of the important religious places of Southern Odisha

Taratarini Temple of Ganjam district is one of the oldest temples of Odisha, situated about 30 km from Berhampur city. This temple is located on the Kumari hills at the bank of Rushikulya River. It is believed that the breast of Sati Devi fell at this place, and hence, it is worshipped as Breast Shrine. This temple is also famous as one of the four ancient Shakti Peethas and Tantra Peetha in India. Inside the temple, the stone idols of goddesses Tara and Tarini are ornamented with gold and silver. In the month of Chaitra (March-April), this temple celebrates the biggest fair of Odisha, known as Taratarini Mela.

Timing: 5.00 AM-9.45 PM

Location: Berhampur, Ganjam

Padmasambhava Mahavihara Monastery

The Padmasambhava Mahavihara Monastery is the main monastery belonging to the Ripa Lineage. This beautiful monastery is situated in Chandragiri of Gajapati district, which is also known as Thupten Mindrolling Monastery. It is built on an area of 10 acres in the Atanpuri architectural style of Nalanda by architects from Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. It has a 23 feet high Buddha statue and a 17 feet Buddha Padmasambhava. This monastery is also a house to about 200 monks. Moreover, this five-story monastery has a huge meditation shrine hall and other small temples, institutes, and hostels inside the campus. It is said to be the largest monastery in Eastern India. This monastery is one of the best Buddhist religious places in Odisha.

Timing: 9.00 AM-2.00 PM

Location: Jirang, Chandragiri, Gajapati district

Baladevjew Temple

Sri Baladevjew Temple is located in the Ichhapur town of Kendrapada district. This temple was built in 1761 AD during the Maratha rule in Odisha. Though Lord Balaram is the main deity of this temple, Lord Jagannatha and Goddess Subhadra also worshipped in the Ratna Sinhasan. That’s why it is one of the famous temples in Odisha. The idol of Goddess Tulasi is there in sitting position after the sacred seven steps. So, people also know Kendrapada as Tulasi Kshetra. Baladev Jew Temple spreads over an area of 2 acres. There are four main parts of this temple, i.e., Sri Mandir, Natya Mandir, Bhoga Mandap, and Mukhashala. The main temple height is 75 feet, and the width is 40 feet.

Timing: 5.00 AM-10.00 PM

Location: Ichhapur, Kendrapada

Panchalingeswar Temple

Panchalingeswar Temple is a temple of Lord Shiva present at the hillock in Nilgiri hills in the Balasore district. There are five Shiva lingas inside this shrine. So, the temple is named as Panchalingeswar. The major attraction of this place is that these lingas are continuously washed by the water of a perennial stream that flows over them. So, one has to lie over the rock parallel to the stream to touch the lingas and worship them. The natural beauty, tranquil environment, and stunning sight of this place attract numerous devotees as well as tourists. There are several histories of Panchalingeswar Temple that make this place more interesting.

Location: Nilgiri, Balasore

Khirachora Gopinath Temple

Khirachora Gopinath Temple is present in Remuna of Balasore district. It is one of the oldest temples in Balasore district. It is supposed that Lord Sri Rama carved ‘Gopinath’ with his arrow and Goddess Sita worshiped this deity in Chitrakut during their exile. In the 12th century, King Langula Narasinha Dev, the mightiest king of the Ganga dynasty, brought this deity from Chitrakut and built a temple in Remuna to worship. Gopinath is the incarnation of Lord Krishna, and the temple is named after the incident of stealing Khira bhog from his greatest devotee Madhavendra. You can also find here the landmarks of Chaitanya deva, the founder of the Vaishnav sect, during his visit to the Puri Jagannatha temple.

Location: Remuna, Balasore

Emami Jagannath Temple

Emami Jagannath temple of Balasore is one of the beautiful Jagannath shrine of Odisha

One of the most beautiful Jagannath temples of Odisha is Emami Jagannath Temple, situated in Balgopalpur of Balasore district. This 78 feet high temple is a perfect combination of ancient Kalinga style architecture and modern technology. You will also get to see a magnificent amalgamation of two famous temples of Odisha here that is Puri Jagannath temple and Sun temple of Konark. The beautiful carvings and architecture of this Jagannath temple will leave you wonderstruck. There are also other temples like Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Bimala Temple, Gaja Laxmi Temple, and the Hanuman Temple in the premises of this temple.

Location: Balgopalpur, Balasore

Nilamadhab Temple

Nilamadhab Temple is the oldest and famous temple of Lord Vishnu. This temple is present on the banks of river Mahanadi, in Kantilo, in the Nayagarh district. This temple is a miniature form of Puri Jagannath Temple. Even now also Lord Nilamadhab shrine is present on the right side of Lakshmi temple in the vicinity of Puri Jagannath Temple. In addition to this, a continuous flow of water from the holy feet of Lord Nilamadhab is the striking feature of the spot. As there is Beni-Madhab in Prayag, so, as here Nilamadhab. So, this place is also called Triveni Sangam of Odisha.

Location: Kantilo, Nayagarh

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Akhandalamani Temple

Akhandalamani Temple is the abode of Lord Shiva present on the banks of river Baitarani at Aradi village of the Bhadrak district. About 350 years ago, when the black glazed granite stone was found underground and the king, Niladri Samara Singha Mohapatra dreamt of Lord Shiva, he started worshiping God Akhandalamani. This ancient Shaiva Pitha is famous as Mani Baba Temple, both in Odisha and outside. Among different fairs and festivals, Mahashivaratri is the major festival of Baba Akhandalamani temple. During this period, numerous devotees from different parts of the state come here. Baba Akhandalamani Temple is one of the important religious places in the Bhadrak district of Odisha.

Location: Aradi, Bhadrak

Samaleswari Temple

Samaleswari temple on the banks of the Mahanadi is the most famous in this region. King Balaram Dev of the Chauhan dynasty built this Temple in the 16th century. Maa Samaleswari is the presiding deity of this temple. The name Sambalpur comes from Goddess Samaleswari. Samaleswari is worshipped from ancient times as Jagat Janani, Adishakti, Mahalaxmi, and Mahasaraswati. This temple is famous for its rich cultural heritage. Moreover, this temple celebrates numerous festivals with great ecstasy and devotion.

This temple is divided into two sections; one is Badagudi, which is the larger part of the temple and the other one is Sanagudi (also known as Mandap), where the idols of Lord Ganesha and other deities are placed. The idol of Maa Samaleswari is at the center of the temple, made of granite stone. Apart from being an important pilgrimage site, this place is also famous as a major tourist spot of Odisha.

Timing: 5.00 AM-7.00 PM

Location: Sambalpur

Leaning Temple of Huma

The leaning temple of Huma is a unique temple of Sambalpur, dedicated to Lord Shiva. People also know this as the Bimaleswar temple. King Balaram Dev built this temple in the 17th century. This is one of the two leaning temples in the world, where the top is leaning while the pinnacle is perpendicular to the ground. As Odisha has numerous temples, it is hard to say that it is because of any technical fault. There is no such thing as a mystery that can reveal the cause of the crookedness of the temple. So, the reason for this could be either earthquake or the flood current in river Mahanadi.

Location: Sambalpur

Biraja Temple

Biraja Temple of Jajpur is a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Durga, who is worshipped here as Biraja. The origin of this temple dates back to the 13th century. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas, where the navel of Goddess Sati fell. Moreover, this temple spreads over a vast area and has several shrines of Lord Shiva and other deities. Due to the presence of this temple, people also know Jajpur as Biraja Kshetra. Durga Puja & Kali Puja are some of the major festivals of this place.

Timing: 5.30 AM-9.30 PM

Location: Jajpur

Chhatia Bata

Chhatia Bata or Chhatia Jagannath Temple is one of the popular religious places of Odisha present in Chhatia village of Jajpur district. This temple is devoted to Lord Jagannath and associated with Kalki, the avatar of Lord Vishnu. Moreover, the old banyan tree in the vicinity is the main attraction of this temple, which is known as Bata in Odia. In addition to this, there are several mysterious mythological stories of this temple.

Location: Chhatia village, Jajpur

Kapilash Temple

Kapilash temple of Dhenkanal, Odisha

One of the popular religious places of Odisha, Kapilash Temple, is present in the northeastern part of the Dhenkanal district at a height of 2239 feet above mean sea level. One has to climb up 1352 stairs to reach this temple. As per the inscription, King Narsinghdeva-I of the Ganga dynasty constructed this temple in 1246 AD for Lord Chandrasekhar. There are various shrines in the premises of this temple. On the left side of the temple, there is located Payamrta Kund and on the right is Marichi Kunda. The temple of Lord Vishwanath and Lord Narayan, in the vicinity of Kapilash temple, is another major attraction of this place. Thousands of people from all over the country come here to celebrate the most auspicious festival, Mahashivaratri, with devotion and ecstasy. In short, if you are a devotee of Lord Shiva, then this place is for you.

Timing: 5.00 AM-7.00 PM

Location: Dhenkanal

Joranda Mahima Gadi

Joranda Gadi is a temple of the Dhenkanal district built-in the 29th century. The temple is dedicated to the supreme lord. The followers of Mahima dharma worship him as Sunya Brahma or the shapeless lord. No idol is worshipped in this temple. It is also the Samadhi Peetha of Mahima Goswami, who is the founder of the Mahima Dharma. Sunya Mandira, Dhuni Mandira, and Gadi Mandira are some of the other shrines present in this temple. The major festival of this temple is Joranda Mela, held on the full-moon day of Magha (Magha Purnima Day), which falls in January-February every year. Pilgrims in large numbers come here to attend this festival.

Location: Joranda, Dhenkanal

Devi Ambika Temple

Devi Ambika Temple in Devkund of Mayurbhanj district is the temple of Goddess Durga. The royal dynasty of Mayurbhanj built this temple in 1940. Goddess Durga is worshipped here in the form of Maa Ambika, also known as The Living Goddess. Apart from Goddess Ambika, the idols of Lord Ganesha, Shiva, Hanuman, Maa Mangala, and Shri Chandika are also present in this temple. Moreover, devotees from different parts of the state come here to seek blessings from the Goddess. Durga Puja, Pana Sankranti, Basanti Puja, Makar Sankranti, and Rojo Sankranti are the most popular festivals of this temple. In addition to this, great waterfalls and dense forests enhance the beauty of this temple. Apart from being a famous pilgrimage site, this place is also a popular tourist destination of Odisha, which attracts a plethora of visitors.

Location: Devkund, Mayurbhanj

Gupteswar Temple

The unexplored shrine of Odisha, Gupteswar is the temple of Lord Shiva. It is present in the Koraput district around 55 km away from Jeypore. The huge linga present here is the major attraction of this place, which increases in size as per local belief. On the auspicious occasion of Shivaratri, this temple comes alive as it clusters with thousands of pilgrims.

Timing: 6.00 AM-6.00 PM

Location: Koraput

Tarini Temple

Maa Tarini Temple is present in Ghatgaon of the Keonjhar district of Odisha. Goddess Tarini is the presiding deity of all shakti peethas of Odisha. As per the local people, the King of Keonjhar was bringing Maa Tarini from Puri to Keonjhar with a condition that if he turns back, then she’ll not move further. The king was riding a horse, and the Goddess Tarini was following him. As there was a muddy road in the dense forest near Ghatgaon, the king could not hear the sound of the ornaments of the Goddess, and he turned back. According to the condition, Maa Tarini stayed in the forest and worshipped as the queen of the forest.

Location: Ghatgaon, Keonjhar

Harishankar Temple

Harishankar temple, in the Bolangir district of Odisha, is present on the slopes of the Gandhamardan Parvat. As this place is the connection between the two Hindu deities Vishnu and Shiva, many devotees congregate here. Its beautiful view and the stream passing on the granite bed fascinate many viewers.

Timing: 6.00 AM-7.00 PM

Location: Bolangir

Nrusinghanath Temple

On the foothills of Gandhamardan hill, Nrusinghanath temple is one of the popular religious places near Paikmal in the Bargarh district of Odisha. In 1313 AD, Baijal Singh Dev, the king of Patnagarh, constructed this beautiful temple. This 45 feet high temple is divided into two sections, one of which is the seat of Lord Nrusinghanath, and the second is alloted to Jagamohan. Besides the temple, the beautiful waterfalls and sculptures make this place even more beautiful.

Timing: 4.00 AM-6.00 PM

Location: Paikmal, Bargarh

Odisha is the land of several temples. These temples are famous for their architecture, heritage, and history. These temples hold the significance of the culture of Odisha. If you want to visit different religious sites, then Odisha should be on your bucket list. Here is a list of some of the important religious places of Odisha that will make your religious journey memorable. So what are you waiting for? Plan your next trip to Odisha to explore these places.

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