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Holy Places in Orissa (Odisha)

Orissa has plenty to offer to the visitors as the state is home to numerous sites of tourist interest. Amongst others, the Holy Places in Orissa are major attraction for the travelers. Apart from general tourists, many devotees also come to these Orissa Holy Places for pilgrimage. Temples of Orissa attract many from every nook and corner of the world. In fact, the temples in the Bhubaneswar-Konark-Puri region remain choc-a-block round the year. Apart from this Golden triangle of the state that comprises of Bhubaneswar, Puri and Konark, Orissa is also home to hundreds of lesser known temples. 

Orissa's temple architecture takes pride in its magnetic appeal that lies in its indigenous glory of the state that exhibit a majestic grandeur can't be missed. An Orissan temple (deul) generally consists of a sanctum, one or more than one front porches (jagamohana) usually having pyramidal roofs, a hall of offerings (bhog mandir) and a dancing hall (nata mandir). The Lingaraj temple at Bhubaneswar is a visual treat with its 150 foot high deul whereas the Janannath Temple at Puri is almost 200 feet high, thereby dominating the skyline of the town. The Sun Temple at Konark is another place worth a visit which stands tall as a masterpiece of the Orissan architecture.