(Last Updated on : 16/03/2013)
East Indian temples comprise the shrines of West Bengal
, Jharkhand and Bihar. These ancient temples reflect the beliefs and culture of the natives. In fact, some of the most well known pilgrimage sites are located in eastern India. Puri
and Konark are the most important pilgrimage centres for Hindus. Whilst Puri is the land of Lord Jagannatha, Konark is famous for its Sun god temple. Predominantly the East Indian temples follow the Nagara style architecture
. However, the terminology associated with the architecture of these shrines varies from the rest of the subcontinent.
The temples of Orissa mirror the outstanding craftsmanship of the by-gone eras. Some of the important temples here are Jagannatha temple, Lingaraja temple
, Mukteswara temple
, Parasurameswara shrine, Bramheswara temple, Ananta Vasudeva temple, Rajarani shrine, Khirachora Gopinath temple and others. Dotted with numerous Hindu temples the towns of Bhubaneshwar
, Puri and Konark
aptly constitute the "Golden Triangle" of east.
West Bengal Temples
as well as Buddhism
are present in West Bengal. Hence temples belonging to these religious beliefs are scattered throughout the state. As far as Hindu temples are concerned they are built on the mores of Nagara style of architecture. Kolkata
and its neighbouring regions house several Hindu temples. Some of these, however, are found in the form of ruins nowadays. Buddhism is one of the major faiths in West Bengal. Darjeeling and the nearby towns have several Buddhist monasteries. The Hindu temples have a tomb like feature that is prevalent in all the creations.
Some of the major temples that are mostly visited can be mentioned as follows
Dakshineshwar Kali temple
, Belur Math
, Lalji temple, Suratheshwar Shiva, Hanseswari temple is some of the important one.
The state of Bihar
is known for its ancient temples. It is interesting to note that most of the temples of Bihar are dedicated to Lord Buddha
. Being the seat of Mauryan Empire, shrines such as, Bodhi temple, are to be found here. Other important temples that are frequently visited by the tourists include Jalamandir, Mahabodhi temple, Aranya Devi, Harmandir Takth Gurdwara, Bari Patan Devi, Chaubishi Jain temple, Singheshwar Sthan Temple and several others.
The temples in Jharkhand
are full of glory and religious heritage of India. The visit to these temples really enthrals the visitor and takes them to a peaceful meditative state of mind. There are many sources yet to reveal in this region and need tourist's attraction. Deoghar, Ajqaivinath, etc are some of the important Hindu temples that are located in this eastern state.