Muktesvara, from its very name, means “Lord of Freedom” and is dedicated to the Hindus most powerful deity- Lord Shiva. Freedom in itself is the most prestigious thing one would like to preserve. The location and ambience of the temple are very soothing, nurturing and elegant at the same time. Not only is the temple known for the design but also for some of the traditions associated.
There is a belief that if a barren woman on the night before Ashokastami car festival takes a holy dip in the Madicha Kund, she gives birth to a son. To uphold these traditional beliefs, the holy water of the Kunda is also distributed to the public on the festival’s evening.
Muktesvara Temple is a place everyone should visit. Not only the traditional practices are kept intact here but also a remarkable feature- the essence of divine freedom could be felt at this temple. Everyone visiting Bhubaneswar should visit this place; as missing it is like missing the divine freedom- expressed here as Lord Muktesvara.