Bhubaneshwar, Lingarash Temple, Shaivite, 7th-15th cent AD. Lingaraj Temple is a temple of Lord Shiva and is one of the oldest temples of the Temple City Bhubaneswar, a revered pilgrimage center and the capital of the state of Orissa. The temple of Lingaraja is by far the most notable monument of Bhubaneswar. Rising to a height of about one hundred and eighty feet and dominating the entire landscape it represents the quintessence of the Kalinga type of architecture and the culminating result of the architectural tradition at Bhubaneswar.
Bhubaneshwar began as the Shailodbhava capital in the 7th century; major temple-building activity continued under the Bhauma Kara (8th century) and Somavamshi (9th-11th century) dynasties. There are also some later temples, from the Eastern Ganga (12th -14th century) and Gajapati (14th-15th century) periods.
The large number of well-preserved temples, many with outstanding sculptural decoration, allow to study the of Hindu temple architecture from the 7th to the 15th century. Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, India.