A closeup view of Mukteshwar temple
A closeup view of Mukteshwar temple

Mukteshwar Temple is situated in Bhubaneswar City of Odisha State dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is considered as a monument of importance in the study of the development of Hindu temples at Odisha. Mukteshwar Temple is known as the “Gem of Odisha architecture” for its architectural excellence. Mukteshwar Temple is built in a Kalinga style of architecture with a stylish development of architecture and one of the prominent attractions of Bhubaneswar.

And the King of Somavams Yayati I is said to be contributed more for the construction of Mukteshwar temple. Some of the depiction indicates that the constructors of this temple were the starters of a new culture. The Vimanam (the tower above the sanctum) with a curve linear spire is constructed in a raised platform with pilasters in each frontage.  There are other shrines within the temple complex which houses Lingam, and are considered as an offering shrines.

Specialty

The presiding deity of Mukteshwar Temple is Lord Mukteshwar (Lord Shiva). The unique feature of this temple occurrence of Torana (a sacred or honorific gateway in Buddhist architecture) which are not present in any other temples in Bhubaneswar. The sanctum of Mukteshwar temple contains the images of a young unmarried woman, with feminine beauty together with nagas and naginis.

The other sculptures present in temple are Goddess Saraswati, Lord Ganesha, Lakulisha (the fifth century founder of the Pashupata sect of tantric Shaivism), who is portrayed sitting cross-legged, with two miniature ascetic figures, Goddess Gajalakshmi, Rahu and Ketu with three hooded snake. The temple has the presence of Saiva Dwarapalakas named Prachanda and Chanda and next to it there are carvings of Ganga and Yamuna. And the gateways of the temple contains the wonderful sculptures of a pleasant and graceful female and the images of monkeys and peacocks.

Festivals

Mukteshwar dance Festival – January

By Road

The Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) is located in Bhubaneswar connecting Bhubaneswar to cities in Odisha and with the neighboring states of Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh.


By Train

Bhubaneswar is the nearest railway station, has five railway stations within its city limits; namely (from north to south) Patia Halt, Mancheshwar, Vani Vihar, Bhubaneswar station (near Master Canteen) and Lingaraj Temple Road.


By Air

The nearest airport is Biju Patnaik International Airport also known as Bhubaneshwar Airport, situated 3 kilometers (1.9 mi).

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