Mukteshwar Temple is a 10th-century Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India. The temple is a monument of importance in the study of the development of Hindu temples in Orissa. The stylistic development the Mukteshwar marks the culmination of all earlier developments, as seen in such temples as the Raja Rani Temple and Lingaraaj temple, both located in Bhubaneswar. It is one of the prominent tourist attractions of the city.
About the temple
This architecture is one of the basic reasons why Mukteshwar Temple is also known as the "Gem of Orissa architecture". The temple faces west and is constructed in a lower basement amidst a group of temples. The temple is a small one compared to other larger temples in Bhubaneswar. The temple is enclosed within an octagonal compound wall with elaborate carvings on it. It is believed that the experiment of newer pattern in the temple showed a mature phase compared to its predecessors and culminated the beginning of replication of similar pattern in the later temples in the city.
Legend and stories
It is believed that the Somavamshi king Yayati I built the temple. He also associates the legend of Kirtivaasa to this temple, but the postulation is not accepted as Kirtivaasa is associated with Lingaraaja, though both were built at the same time for the same deity, Shiva. There is no historic evidence to conclude that Yayaati had built the temple.
Mukteshwar Dance Festival celebrates the features of Odissi, the classical dance form of Orissa.
The Biju Patnaik airport in Bhubaneswar is the only civil airport in Orissa.
The city of Bhubaneswar is well connected with the rail network and Bhubaneswar is a major railhead.
The city is well connected with the road network.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
Morning 6:00 am to Evening 9:00 pm