Bata Mahadeva
Location: Bhubaneswar
Famous For : Muktesvara Siva Temple
District: Khordha
History : Bata Mahadeva. (Muktesvara Siva) is a temple of Hindu god siva. This is one of the oldest temple in Bhubaneswar (The Temple city of India), a well known heritage place and capital of Orissa. It is located at the middle of the Bindusagar road, leading from Kedar-Gouri Lane to Lingaraja temple. It is a living temple and facing towards north. The deity enshrined here is a Siva lingam with a circular yoni pitha made of sandstone. According to local legend when Mahadeva visited Ekamra Nagari he took rest at this place. Since it is located at the middle of the road it is known as Bata Mahadeva. Ownership: This temple is not under any private ownership and comes under public property. This temple is under the control of Lingaraja temple administration. According to architectural features, this temple is built around 15th to 16th century CE. Property type: This is a building made up of stones and its typology is Pidha Deul. Currently this temple is used for worship and in past it was used for the same purpose. The temple is surrounded by road on all its four sides and Ananta Vasudeva temple is in the east at a distance of 15.00 mtrs, Bindusagar in the west is at a distance of 10.00 mtrs, Lingaraja temple in the south is at a distance of 100 mtrs. The temple has a square sanctum measuring 1.95 square mtrs. It is pancharatha on plan as distinguished by a central raha and a pair of anuratha paga, and kanika pagas on the either side of the raha. On elevation, the vimana is of pidha order measuring 1.95 mtrs in height. From bottom to the top the temple has bada, gandi and mastaka. Bada measuring 1.05 mtrs in height is without any moulding. Gandi consisting of two receding tiers measure 1.30 mtrs in height. Mastaka measures 0.60 mtrs.
How to Reach : Bhubaneswar is the headquarters of the East coast of the Railway station. The city is well connected to other major railway junctions located in the metros. There are passenger trains which travel on a regular basis. The city has good private and public bus service that runs on the state and national highway road. The airport is located at the centre of the city. Taxis and auto rickshaws will drop you into the city from the airport. One can easily reach Bata Mahadev Temple by bus or taxi.

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