Mukteswara

Mukteswara Temple

Mukteswara Temple

One of the most delightful expressions of the Kalinga School of architecture in the city is the luminous beauty of the Mukteswara Temple, often called the ‘Gem of Orissan architecture’. Its important also lies in the fact that it is a glorious synthesis of the old and new style of that school. This 10th century temple has some of the most ornate carvings and renditions of stories from the Panchatantra. The arched gateway is particular fine. It also shows an excellent combination of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain features, which find a common voice in the much of Orissan temple craft.

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