Religious Significance Of Lingaraj Temple
The temple started off dedicated entirely to Shaivism and the main shrine was a natural rock lingam, called a Swayambhu. Around the 12th century when Vaishnavism became more prominent, the temple was remodelled. Shrines to Garuda, Lakshmi Narayan and Jagannath were installed.
The temple jointly dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva was one of the first of its kind, and the deity known as Harihara rose to prominence from this. Lingaraj became known by that name.