Keyword
Match



Spirituals

Ahirabandh Jagannatha ...
Ananta Vasudeva Temple
Ashokan Rock Edict
Buddhist Sculpture
Chitrakarini Temple
Dhauli
Gauri Temple
Harishankar Temple
ISKCON Temple
Jaugada Temple
More Info...
Region
East India
West India
North India
South India
Central India
Adventure Wildlife
Beaches
Historical
Spiritual
Deccan Odyssey
Fairy Queen Train
Palace on Wheels
The Royal Orient
World Time
Train Schedule
Currency Info
Distance Calculator
Indian Railway Reservation
Weather Report
STD Code
ISD Code
FAQ
Tips
Packing List
Must Explore
How to reach India
Travel risks
Foreign embassies in India
Indian embassies in Foreign
Facts about India
Visa & passport
Home>>East India>>Orissa>>Spiritual>>Mukteswara Temple

Mukteswara Temple

Mukteswara Temple

Mukteswara Temple, Visit Mukteswara Temple of Orissa, Temple tour of Mukteswara Temple, Religious place of OrissaLocation : Bhubaneswar, Orissa
Dates Back : 950 A.D.
Presiding Deities : Lord Shiva
Architectural Style : Orissan Temple Architecture

Combining Earlier & Later Phases Of Temple Construction

Built in the 10th century, this small elegant temple has been described as the most exquisitely ornamented temple in Bhubaneswar. It has an 11m (35 feet) high tower. The sandstone carvings are the most notable feature of this temple. It is also known for its ornamental gateway, carved dwarves, and intricate motif carvings of a smiling lion, adorned with beaded tassels in its mouth. Muktesvara means the Lord who bestows freedom through yoga. The Siddeswara Temple is on the same grounds and has a Ganesh deity.

The small Marichi Kund, between the Mukesvara Temple and the road, is known to cure infertility in women. It is a pleasant place to sit for awhile.

The relationship with older structures can be immediately seen in the small size of the temple - 35 feet (11m) high at the pinnacle of the tower. At this stage, Orissan builders had not yet attempted the later colossal structures. The latticed windows of the 'Jagmohana' (porch) were probably modelled on those of the 'Parsurameswara' temple, and the octagonal compound wall seems to have been patterned on an earlier structure, which now exists only in fragmentary form.

A 'torana' (arched gateway), which was excavated in a field near Bhubaneswar in fragments, is now in the Orissa State Museum . It would seem that Mukteswara's own stunningly beautiful gateway was strongly based on this earlier example.

The Deities
On the outer face of the compound wall are niches containing a variety of divinities. These include 'Saraswati' - sitting on a lotus with two female attendants by her side, 'Ganesa' - with his attendant mouse and 'Lakulisha' - the 5th century founder of the 'Pashupata' sect of 'tantric Shaivism', who is portrayed sitting cross-legged, with two miniature ascetic figures in the triangular side panels. The fact that these wall niches include Buddhist and Jain images as well as 'Shaivite' (Hindu) ones attests once again to the synthesis which was so much a part of Orissan religious life.

The 'torana' (arched gateway) of the Mukteswara deserves special attention. Its extraordinarily beautiful sculpture includes elaborate scrolls, graceful female figures, monkeys, peacocks, and a wealth of delicate and lovely decorative detail.

On the eastern side of the temple compound is a sacred tank, and in the southwest corner is a well, which is said to cure fertility problems. Several small shrines will be noticed within the compound, many with 'lingam' inside. These were offering shrines depicting utmost faith in God for all purposes during that era.

Architectural Wonder
Mukteswara Temple, Visit Mukteswara Temple of Orissa, Temple tour of Mukteswara Temple, Religious place of OrissaThe sculptural decoration of the Mukteswara is exquisitely executed. The beautiful sculptures eloquently speak of the sense of proportion and perspective of the sculptor and their unique ability in the exact depiction of the minutest objects. The builders of Mukteswara Temple introduced new architectural designs, new art motifs and new conceptions about the icnography of the cult images. There are a number of depictions of skeletal ascetics among the sculptural images, most of them shown in teaching or meditation poses, which seems appropriate as the name Mukteswara means "Lord who gives freedom through Yoga

More Spritual Places of Orissa

 

>> Ahirabandh Jagannatha Temple

>> Ananta Vasudeva Temple

>> Ashokan Rock Edict

>> Buddhist Sculpture

>> Chitrakarini Temple

>> Dhauli

>> Gauri Temple

>> Harishankar Temple

>> Iskcon Temple

>> Jaugada Temple

>> Khiching Temple

>> Khirachora Gopinath Temple

>> Konark Sun Temple

>> Lingaraja Temple

>> Madhava Temple

>> Markandeyesvara Temple

>> Mukteswara Temple

>> Naraj

>> Nrusinghanath Temple

>> Kapilesvara Temple

>> Padmapur Temples

>> Papanasini And The Kapileswar

>> Parasurameswara Temple

>> Parvati Temple

>> Rajarani Temple

>> Ranipur Jharial

>> Ratnagiri

>> Siddhesvara Temple

>> Simhanath Temple

>> Sisiresvara Temple

>> Svarnajalesvara Temple

>> The Jagannath Temple

>> The Satrughnesvava Group

>> The Temples Of Sonepur

>> Udayagiri Pilgrimage

>> Vaital Temple

>> Yamesvara Temple

>> Yogini Shrine

 
 

More Information About Orissa

 
>> City >> Cuisine >> Arts and Crafts >> Fairs and Festivals
 

 

Comments for Mukteswara Temple

 
 
 
 

User Gallery for this Page

 
View All Images for this Page (0)
 

Please login to add comments or upload Images

 
Email : Password :

 

 
 

East India  |  West India  |  North India  |  South India  |  Central India  |   By State  Theme tour  |   Rail tour  |  Travel Links  |  Site Map Contact us