Lingaraj Temple

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Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India; c.1080

Many traditions have been woven together to produce Hinduism, and they are not governed by a systematic orthodoxy, though some traditions do make claims to universality. The major Hindu gods make their appearance in the world by way of avatars, and gurus of different traditions argue between themselves about who among the most important gods is the avatar of whom.

The abundance of gods and the traditional belief that commissioning a temple is good for the commissioner’s spiritual well-being have been combined to spectacular effect at Bhubaneswar, the capital of the east Indian state of Odisha ...

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