Odisha to give facelift to 11th century Lingaraj Temple

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News: The Odisha government has decided to give a facelift to the 11th century Lingaraj Temple, akin to its pre-350-year structural status.

Facts:

  • Lingaraj Temple: It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva and is one of the oldest temples in Bhubaneswar,Odisha.
  • Built by: It is believed to be built by the kings from the Somavamsi dynasty with later additions from the Ganga rulers.
  • Architecture: The temple is a classic example of Kalinga style of architecture.
  • Style: It is built in the Deula style that has four components: vimana (structure containing the sanctum), jagamohana (assembly hall), nata mandira (festival hall) and bhoga-mandapa (hall of offerings).

Additional Facts:

  • Kaḷinga architectural style: It is a style of Hindu architecture which flourished in the ancient Kalinga or present Odisha. 
  • Styles: The style consists of three distinct types of temples: Rekha Deula, Pidha Deula and Khakhara Deula. 
    • The former two are associated with Vishnu, Surya and Shiva temples while the third is mainly with Chamunda and Durga temples. 
    • The Rekha Deula and Khakhara Deula houses the sanctum sanctorum while the Pidha Deula constitutes outer dancing and offering halls.