This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is known as “Tribhuvaneswar”, also known as the Lord of three wheels. The temple is believed to be almost 1400 years old and the history of the temple goes back from 1090 to 1104. This temple is surrounded from all sides by almost 150 smaller temples as well as shrines. Lingaraja is considered to be a combination of Lord Shiva and Vishnu, therefore known as Harihara here.
This is the largest temple located in Bhubneswar. This temple is an extremely prominent landmark of the city. People especially come to visit this temple from all over the world. The statute of Lord Harihara or Shiva is 54 metres in height. The statue of Lord Shiva is given a bath daily with milk, water and Marijuana, also known as “Bhaang”. Towards the North eastern corner, is a temple which is dedicated to Parvati and there is also a section where 51 priests and 51 beggars are fed daily with the offerings which are first offered to goddess Parvati.
Almost 6000 people visit the temple daily and take the blessings of Lord Shiva and Parvati. The temple is built of laterite and sandstone. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the premises of the temples and non Hindus or foreigners are not allowed to enter the sanctum. The main festival celebrated in this temple is Shivratri during which almost two lakh people visit the temple and take the blessings of Lord Harihara.