From the Bhubaneswar railway station, we were dropped at the Hotel Grand Central by the cab. The hotel staff greeted us with welcoming faces. We had a super deluxe room booked in the hotel and the first glance at the hotel gave us a pleasant feeling. The warm atmosphere of the hotel was acknowledged by all of us.
We all were hungry and headed for the hotel restaurant for breakfast and coffee to rejuvenate ourselves for the upcoming expedition of the city. The services were quick and efficient and the staff was polite and affable. When back in our room, Kids turned on the television granted in the room and we opted for a brief discussion about the places to explore. The room was providing a relaxing aura with its tidiness and warmth. After a while, we decided to take a tour of the city starting with the famous Lingaraj temple of Bhubaneswar. We hired a cab which took us to the temple. On our way, my husband was explaining the historic significance of the temple and children were inquisitively asking all sorts of questions.
Apart from the educational philosophy, the travel is an incredible way to ignite curiosity and passion amongst children. The Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar is devoted to Lord Shiva. We were awed by the striking architectural style and decorative patterns. The kids were pleased to see a lake, the Bindu Sagar Lake, besides the temple. My husband was enriching us with the mythological belief that the lake was built by Lord Shiva to slake the thirst of Parvati. I could see that the temple was spread over a large area of 25,000 sq. ft. The Lingaraj temple and its 100 contributory shrines are covered by high walls. The temple has a main doorway on the east, and subsidiary gates on the North and South.
The 54 meters high Sri Mandir and 29 meters high pyramid of the “Jagamohana” are splendidly ornamented with carvings. The Bhoga Mandap and Natya Mandir have similar carved shafts providing support to the weighty roofs. It was obvious why this place is so densely visited by the tourists. It was a great experience for our family to encounter such marvelous architecture.
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