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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Bhubaneshwar: Photo 15

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It's only a short walk to this "gem of Orissan architecture," as Fergusson called it (vol. 2, p. 97). It's the Mukteshvara Temple from the late 10th century, or about three centuries later than the Parashurameshvara Temple in the previous pictures. The tower is little different, but the porch is greatly changed, especially with the appearance of 11 stacked and corbelled roof layers or pidhas. The freestanding entrance arch or torana emphasizes the act of entering sacred space.

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