Mukteshwara & Siddheshwara Temple is a 10th-century Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Bhubaneswar. The temple dates back to 950–975 CE and is a monument of importance in studying the development of Hindu temples in Odisha. We believe Yayati Keshari of the Soma Dynasty built the temple.
Mukteshwara temple architecture
The temple is also known as the 'Gem of Kalinga' because of its one-of-a-kind architecture and temple design style. The west-facing Mukteshwara temple is a massive structure built with sandstone. The temple has an entrance called Torana and is made with the same sandstone. After the opening, there is a pyramid-style structure called Jaganmohan and the Vimana-style main temple. However, the temple's highlight is the beautifully designed Torana, which is one of a kind.
The Siddheshwara temple is northwest of the Mukteshwara temple complex, and it houses a beautiful standing figure of Lord Ganesha on the left side of its outer wall. There are few small temples in front of the Mukteswhara temple, and you can find a few of them in the backside.
Five divisional walls surround the sanctum of the temple built in Pancha Ratha style. The temple tower or shikhara is grouped by a row of miniature buildings surmounted by four rampant lions on the central ratha. The temple is an actual specimen of what our ancient architects could do with limited tools and technology.
The beautiful garden
The temple is surrounded by a well-maintained garden, which is famous among youngsters and couples. And on the backside of it, there is a lovely little pond. The site is one of the prominent tourist attractions of the city. Newly married couples often visit the place because they believe it brings a good omen to their marriage life.