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Mukteswara

Vajramastaka (ବଜ୍ରମସ୍ତକ) of the Mukteswara Deula, Bhubaneswar. The two beings on both sides of the central motif appear to be Shiva’s ganas. They climb onto the emblem, grabbing chains in their hands and frown at people who want to harm the temple. The vajramastaka is a motif meant to protect the temple; and 1000 years later, we are fortunate to have this marvel intact.

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