Mukteswara Temple Bhubaneshwar
History of Mukteswara Temple BhubaneshwarThe Mukteshwara Temple is considered to be one of the earliest temples of Somavamsi Dynasty. Many scholars believe that this temple is the successor temple of the Parasurameswar temple built earlier than the Bramheswara temple. According to Percy Brown, the date of construction for this temple is 950 CE. What makes this temple unique is its Torana which is not found in any other temples in Bhubaneswar. Some of the representations in this temple indicate that the builders of this temple were starters of new culture. The Mukteswara Temple is said to have received contributions from the king Yatayati 1.
Architecture of Mukteswara Temple Bhubaneshwar
The most important attraction of this temple is its porch or the torana. The arched gateway was established during the 900 CE. The gateway has thick pillars with ornate bead strings and women wearing them. The women in the pillars are smiling and carved in languorous pose. Inside the porch is a walled chamber with internal pillars, these pillars are arranged carefully to add charm and dignity to the temple. The gateway too is high decorated and sculpted with happy women, animals and peacocks.
The Vimana and the Sanctum is designed in the traditional way. There are beautiful sculptures every wear. These sculptures are mainly of women and they are decorated in various postures. Inside the sanctum nagas or snakes are used along with figurines to introduce the pet of the Lord as per Hindu mythology. The Jagamohana is considered to be one of the most smallest and compact temple of this era. The intricate carvings inside the Jagamohana are done by the Vishwakarma Moharana sculptors. These sculptors are very intricate and expressive. Many sculptures of other mythical figures can be found here. The exterior walls of the Jagamohana are decorated with nagins and nagas sculpting. There are other related passage ways and adjoining extensions to this temple, all of which are equally decorated with ornate statues and carvings.
Religious Significance of Mukteswara Temple Bhubaneshwar
Events at Mukteswara Temple Bhubaneshwar
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