The Mukteswar temple is considered to be one of the most decorated temples of bhubaneswar. This dedicated to Lord Shiva and is very old as its history goes back to 970 CE. The Temple is 34 feet high and is believed to be the smallest and most compact temples located in Bhubneswar. As the name suggests the name of the temple means” Lord who gives freedom through the practice of yoga”.
Upon visiting the temple you will notice the various images of people doing yoga in different poses, also images depicting the folk tales as well as the stories from the Panchatantra tales and Jain saints. The porch has been decorated with beautiful carvings of lotus and lion heads. There are many carvings of several gods, goddesses, many birds, animals and religious scenes.
Siddheswar Mandir, is also located in the same compound, however this is located in the North-western direction of the Mukteshwar temple. This temple has a statue of the elephant god, Lord Ganesha in a standing position. There are seven mouldings, and the walls are decorated with “Pidhu” and “Khakra”mundis.
On the other side of the road is the Kedargouri Mandir. This is one of the eight Astasambhu temples. Like the Mukteswar temple, this is also dedicated to Lord Shiva. Shiva is known as “Kedareshwar”. The temple faces the south direction and the deity is made up of sandstone. This is believed to be the oldest temples of Bhubneswar, although this has been rebuilt quite a few number of times.