Mukteswara Temple is a Hindu temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. It is made in the 10th century (950-975 CE). It is a prime tourist destination which comes under the Protected Monuments of India. It is also known as the Gem of Odisha’s Temple architecture.
Mukteswara temple is one of the perfect blends of sculpting and architecture. You can find several shrines of Shiva Lingas inside the temple. It was made in the Somavamshi period.
The temple faces the west which is constructed in a lower basement in the middle of a group of temples. The Jagamohan present in the temple was the conventional two-tier structure. There are other large temples in Odisha like Lingaraj Temple, Jagannath Temple as compared to them it is a small temple. Mukteswara temple has two structures the vimana and the mukhasala (the leading hall).
The main attraction of this temple is the Torana. It shows the influence of Buddhist architecture. The temple is of 35 feet and the structure is not colossal. The thing which makes this temple different is the sculptures and the detailed architectural work. The windows of Mukteswara temple are shaped like a diamond. Everything about this temple is just top class architecture.
From October to February is the perfect time to visit this temple.
Timings: 7 AM to 7 PM
Located in: Bhubaneswar
Nearest Airport: Bhubaneswar
Nearest Railway Station: Bhubaneswar
Best Time to visit: October to February