The Mukteswara Temple has been described as a gem of Orissan architecture: a dream realised in stone. It is a model of a planned temple. It is surrounded by a long wall, and is situated in a compound with numerous small shrines, a tank, and a gorgeously decorated torana. Its height is 35 ft with a standard temple plan. Mukteswara means "Lord of Freedom". The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. There are a number of sculptures of skeletal ascetics in teaching or meditation poses. Some scholars correlate the role of the temple as a centre for Tantric initiation.
This guided tour is free and has been specially curated for visually impaired students.