Lakheswara Temple – Bhubaneswar

The 13th century Lakheswara (Lakhesvara) Temple dedicated to Shiva is located on the Ganges–Yamuna Road, directly opposite Gangeswara and Yamuneswara Temples in old Bhubaneswar.

The east-facing temple is saptaratha in plan, with only the vimana remaining with a more recent door jamb addition. The jagamohana is no longer present, although the footprint of that structure is still visible on the ground in front of the entrance.

The temple is plain with little ornamentation, all of the central niches are now empty. The enshrined deity is a Shiva linga within a circular yoni pitha, which I wasn’t able to view as the temple was locked.

Architecturally, Lakheswara Temple is not one of the most inspiring temples in Bhubaneswar, although in this city you are a little spoilt for choice ! Being located directly opposite the Gangeswara and Yamuneswara Temples means it’s convenient to visit nonetheless.

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