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Hinduism - Where Is The Lingaraja Temple In India?


The Gudimallam linga, the earliest known depiction of Shiva in this form, depicts him as both male and female, transcending the most fundamental defining characteristic of human identity.

The most prominent and largest of the temples in Bhubaneshvar, dedicated to the deity Shiva as Tribhuvaneshvar, the "Lord of the Three Worlds." The temple was constructed in the eleventh century C.E., and it represents the pinnacle of the Nagara architectural style's Orissan branch.

With shorter auxiliary structures running up to it, the temple construction culminates in a single, high peak point above the image of the temple's major deity.

The Lingaraja temple has all of the components of Orissan architecture, including a 120-foot-high beehive-shaped tower (deul), a dancing hall (natamandira), an entry hall (jagamohan), and an outside entrance hall (bhogamandapa).


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Hinduism - What Is A Bhogamandapa?

 





Bhogamandapa means "food pavilion" in Sanskrit. 



The furthest entry hall is designed in the same manner as Orissa's biggest temples. 


  • The word bhogamandapa refers to the place where the food given to Jagannath as prasad ("favor") is prepared at the Jagannath temple in Puri. 



The customary prohibitions on commensality are lifted in Jagannath's temple, which is unique. 


  • Instead of being separated by caste, everyone eats together, symbolizing Jagannath's ultimate dominion over all creatures. 
  • The bhogamandapa is all the more significant because of the importance of this specific ritual.




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