Just as beautiful and important as other temples of Bhubaneswar is the Hindu temple that bows down in the worship of Lord Shiva, Mukteshvara Temple also known as Mukteswar Temple. Built in the 10th century, the temple belongs to the Somavamshi Dynasty and is believed to be sculpted by Yayati I. Mukteshvara Temple also emerged as a popular religious tourist attraction in Odisha for its architecture which symbolizes the innovation in Kalinga style of architecture. Pilgrims and architectural buffs find this place to be one of the jewels of Bhubaneswar for proffering them the exact aura they are looking for in Bhubaneswar. Those who want to leave behind the buzzing streets of Odisha and can come to Mukteshwar for a relaxing experience filled with chants praising the Lord.
History and Architecture of the Temple
It was in the 10th century that Mukteshvara Temple came as a revolution with its unique architecture. Believed to be carved by Yayati I, this temple is observed as the earliest marvel that belongs to the Somavamshi Dynasty. Some of the great scholars suggest that this temple was built before Brahmeswara Temple and after Parashurameshvara Temple. The design that was followed in raising this temple was different from what usually was practiced as Kalinga style of architecture.
7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Best Time to Visit
Travellers usually prefer visiting Bhubaneswar between the months of October and February. The famous Mukteshwar Dance Festival also takes place towards the end of the winter season and hence is the best time to visit.
Nearby Tourist Attractions
- Konark Sun Temple
- Dhauli Shanti Stupa
- Lingaraj Temple
- Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves
- Museum of Tribal Arts and Artifacts.