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A view of Lingraj Temple from my apartment.

Lingraj Temple: Dates back to the 11th century AD, is also a fine example of the architecture of this region. It was built by Lalatendu Keshari of Somavamsi dynasty in 617-657 A.D. This complex has around 180 shrines and the spire dominates the city of Bhubaneswar, soaring to a height of 55 meters. This temple, apart from the main temple, also has a Natya Mandira (dance hall) and a Bhoga Mandap (Pavillion for offerings). Though dedicated to Lord Shiva, the complex also reflects the influence of Vaishnavism. There are temples dedicated to Lord Shiva's wife Parvati, son Ganesh and many other deities. The sculptures in the Lingraj complex mirror many aspects of contemporary life. It is one of the best preserved temples. By the time, the Lingaraja temple was built, the Jagannath cult had become widespread, throughout Orissa.

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