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Markandesvara Temple

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Markandeyesvara Temple, placed near the Bindu Sagar and assumed to be constructed during 13th century, is a well known Shiva temple. The temple resembles the other two famous Shiva temples in Orisaa, Vaital Deul Temple and Sisiresvara Temple. The slight difference with the Sisiresvara temple is in the ornamentation of the doorframe, in which ‘graha’ (Planet) Ketu is absent and the figures of other eight 'Grahas' are only represented.

The frontage of the temple is adorned with a Chaitya window, showcasing a figure of Nataraja with ten arms. The elegantly engraved images of Goddess Parvati, Lord Muruga and Lord Ganesh are placed nicely in the niches of the main sanctum. The corner areas are carved with different forms of Lord Shiva, which includes Aja-Ekapada and Ardhanarishwar. It is worth to visit this temple, to add the attraction there is a carved image of Mahishasuramardini adorned with four arms, which is magnificent.
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