Mukteswara Temple, Bhubaneswar

Mukteswar Temple is one of the famous ancient temples in Bhubaneswar. The Mukteshwara mandir of the 10th century AD, the most important is the temple of Mukteswar. This temple is unique in many ways for its elegant carvings and harmonious blending, which create the quintessential Odishan architecture. The temple stands within a gracefully laid- low compound wall. The Mukteswar God of Salvation is worshipped here. It is 10.51 meters high and has been described as a dream realized in sandstone. Elegantly decorated from top to bottom, the temple is very fascinating and full of artistic work.

Ferguson has described this temple as a jewel of Odishan artistic works. Manmohan Ganguly has opined that Mukteswar is the finest artwork of all the temples he had ever seen. According to Corinne Salman, Mukteswar was an artistic dream. There are six small temples lined up on the east side of the terrace in front of the Mukeshwar temple, one of which is the Khakra sequence at the extreme north. To its northwest is the Siddheswar temple, in which the emergency of the typical Odishan form is almost complete. It is believed, that it was a place for saints and sages to meditate in ancient days to attain perfection and salvation. Thus, it was known as Siddharanya. Mukteshwara Mandir is one of the famous temple in Bhubaneswar, Khordha.