After exploring the remarkable beauty of Rajarani temple, our next planned destination in this temple city was the Muktesvara Deula. As this temple is situated very close to the Rajarani temple, we preferred to walk. On our way, we could see several shops on the street, gleaming with bright decorations. We also had the eateries on the way that we carried with us from the hotel.
We approached the arched stone gateway of the temple and were mesmerized by the uniquely decorated arch of stone, which rested on two pillars. Children exclaimed by seeing elephant heads on both sides of that arch and the flower-patterned designs. It was further decorated with sculptures of various figures like that of women, monkeys and a lion stamping on an elephant. The kids were amazed to see the sculpture as they never thought such beautiful carvings could be made on stone.
They couldn’t control themselves to further see the engrossing art and ran towards the temple and we followed them. We realized that the Mukteswara Temple consist of two parts – Jagmohan (assembly area) and Biman, covering the inner chamber. While the Jagmohan holds a stepped pyramid shaped structure the Biman is seen with a towering spire. The external face of the temple walls are covered with elaborated carving; depicting various scenes of social and religious events, together with stories from Pancharatna. We could identify with some of them and explained them to the kids.
The spire of Biman contains complex geometrical and floral patterns. Some of these represented strange iconography like the one showing two mustached women grasping on to the mane of a lion. Everyone there was amazed by this design and was giving their opinions about it. Someone told that according to experts, it probably represented the seal of the builder. Situated in the same complex was the Siddheshwara temple. We quickly had a view of it as it was already dusk and started getting dark. We travelled through the whole place, which was very well preserved with lawns, flowers, floor bed and trees. With this beautiful glimpse of the temple city, we called for our cab and headed towards the hotel. We were exhausted but happy to scrutinize such amazing artwork. We were gearing to our hotel and children were already asleep.
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