Bhubaneswar, the ‘Temple City of India’ and the capital city of Orissa
Bhubaneswarcity in Odisha (Orissa)
Bhubaneswar, the ‘Temple City of India’ is the capital city of Orissa. The city’s history from the third century B.C. is symbolized in the nearby Dhauligiri rock proclamation of emperor Ashoka at the site of his famous Kalinga war. Between the fifth and tenth centuries A.D. Bhubaneswar was the provincial capital of many Hindu dynasties.
Bhubaneswar is on the national highway between Kolkata and Chennai, on the Southeastern Railway, and has a modern airport. The Parashurameshwar, Mukteshwar, Rajarani, Lingaraj, and Anantavasudev temples built between the seventh and fourteenth centuries truly represents the strong presence of Oriya architecture and devotion towards Lord Shiva.
On one side of the city about 30 ancient temples decorates its beauty and the other side has a planned township, the new capital built after 1948, when the capital was moved here from Cuttack. The newer planned township locates state government buildings, secretariat and state assembly, state museum, Utkal University which was initially established in 1944, in Cuttack, Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Regional Research Laboratory Institute of Physics, ISKCON temple complex and various temple complexes.
In the surrounding area of the city it is must to see the attractive tourist points like rock-cut caves of Khandagiri and Udayagiri, the Nandankanan Zoological and Botanical Park, and the ancient excavation site of Sisupalgarh. Indira Gandhi memorial Park lies at the centre of the city.
Bhubaneswar is not only known for its magnificent places of worship. Rather, it is also a shopping lover’s delight. Well developed shopping centers run by private owners and state government attract visitors with its enriched handicraft, hand-woven sarees, traditional fabrics, appliqué work of Bhubaneswar, locally called Chandua (a type of NEEDLEWORK in which small pieces of fabric are sewn in a pattern onto a larger piece of decorative cloth piece), pottery, exquisite pieces of Jewellery made from fine silver and gold etc. Other best buys includes Tussar silk, Sambalpuri silk and cotton and these are of great demand. The handcrafted wooden items like lampshades, vanity boxes, vegetable baskets etc. are other attractive items in the shop.
Life in Bhubaneswar
It is a city with cosmopolitan culture and absolutely perfect for safe and healthy living with excellent housing acilities.
This city is the hub for first-rate education. Utkal University (one of the oldest teaching-cum-affiliating University), Konark Institute of Science and Technology (for quality techno education), Institute of Physics, (the autonomous research institution), Birla Institute Of Management Technology, Indian Institute of Technology etc. are few amongst the most hunted educational institution in Bhubaneswar.
A pollution free environment and excellent ambience compared to other metros
Entertainment outlets, parks, immaculate beaches, waterfalls, religious site, everything in the capital is perfect for a delighted traveling experience
Enough hotels, restaurants, shopping malls cafes and the best medical facilities are available in Bhubaneswar city.
Geographic And Demographic Profiles
The rivers, Kuakhai & Daya flows on the eastern and southernmost periphery of the city.
The western part of the city is surrounded by a range of forest.
It is centrally located between Kolkata and Chennai connected by East Coast Railway and National Highway No. 5. It is well connected by rail and air with the metros and other state capital.