AN ARCHITECTURAL WONDER OF INDIA
(Mahameghavahan) Kings. Excavations here revealed that this Fort had a well developed civil and military architecture, all through the beginning of the 3rd century BC to the middle of the 4th century AD.
The archaeological remains at Dhauli, and hills of Udayagiri and Khandagiri give evidence of both Jain and Buddhist settlements around Bhubaneswar in the first two centuries BC. The waning of Buddhism and vanishing of Jainism with the growth of Saiva Pasupata Sect in the second century BC saw Brahmanism as the dominant religion under the successive dynasties that ruled Odisha (Orissa)—the Shailodbhava and the Bhaumakaras in the 12-13th centuries. The temple building reached the zenith of its glory between 7th and 12th centuries when thousands of sandstone temples were erected around the Bindu Sagar, earning it the title ‘The city of Temples’. The period under the Ganges saw emergence of Vaishnavism to prominence.
Other than its enviable history, the city now has various educational institutes, shopping arcades and other useful amenities to cater to your day to day requirement. The city is visited throughout the year; however, the best time to visit Bhubaneswar is from October to March as the weather is the most favourable during that time.