Muktesvar (Lord Shiva) Temple, Bhubaneswar

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A gem of Orian temple architecture. The temple dates back to the tenth century, making it one of the oldest surviving Hindu temples of India.

More than the temple its architecture is significant. It is said to mark the transition of Old and New phases of Kalinga (Orian) Hindu temple architecture. During this period, a clear leaning towards the Nagara style of Hindu temple architecture becomes visible.

Though built on a small area, the most striking feature is its Torana or gateway which bears a visible Budhist influence on its shape. The torana is decorated with many images of monkeys, peacocks and other geometrical designs.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, known as Muktesvar. This form of Lord Shiva depicts him in meditating form. It is said, this temple attracted many blessed souls of Hindu religion in the bygone era. Sri. Lakulisa, a Savaite saint, who propagated the Pasupatha sect, is worth mentioning here.

A dip in the temple tank, known as Maricha tank, is said to have power to cure the fertility issues of couples.

Sri Kedaresvar and Sidhesvar temples, both dedicated to Lord Shiva, are also nearby.

Muktesvar temple is an important landmark of the Bhubaneswar city.


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