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Saturday, 31 March 2018

Which place is said to be the cathedral city of India?

  By GK Planet Team       Saturday, 31 March 2018
Q. Which place is said to be the cathedral city of India?
  1. Benaras
  2. Kancheepuram
  3. Madurai
  4. Bhubaneswar
Answer: Bhubaneswar
Cathedral city of India: Bhubaneswar
Bhubaneswar, which is called as the 'Cathedral City' was once the capital of an ancient Kalinga kingdom. Bhubaneswar meaning 'The Lord of the Universe' is also the modern capital of Orissa. Here, Shiva is known as Tribuhuvaneswara or "Lord of the Three Worlds", from which the city derives its name. There was a time when Bhubaneswar had over 7,000 shrines. The city forms an integral link in the Golden Triangle along with the holy city of Puri and Konark.
Bhubaneswar also spelled Bhubaneshwar, is the capital of the Indian state of Odisha. It is the largest city in Odisha and is a centre of economic and religious importance in Eastern India.

Along with the old town, the region, historically was often depicted as Ekamra Kshetra (Temple City). With the diverse ranges of heritage resources, it showcases significant sacred cultural landscape components which have evolved with the support of available natural resource base and cultural trigger.

Although the modern city of Bhubaneswar was formally established only in 1948, the history of the areas in and around the present-day city can be traced to 3rd century BCE and earlier. It is a confluence of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain heritage boasting of some of the finest Kalingan temples. With many 6th-13th century CE Hindu temples, which span the entire spectrum of Kalinga architecture, Bhubaneswar is often referred to as a "Temple City of India". With Puri and Konark it forms the Swarna Tribhuja ("Golden Triangle"), one of eastern India's most visited destinations.
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