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About Markandeshwar Temple

Also known as Markandesvara Temple, Markandeswara Mahadeva Temple, and Markandeya Shiva Temple, this temple is another famous Shiv temple in Puri. The temple is situated on Markandeswar street adjacent to Markandeswar tank to the north of the Jagannath temple. Connected with the rituals of Chandan Yatra, Sital Sasthi, Kaliyadalan Balabhadra Janma and Ashram Bije, the temple is one of the Pancha Tirthams of Puri and also one of the fifty-two sacred Shiva temples of the country. The temple was constructed by sage Markandeya and therefore named Markandeswara Temple. According to the legend, this is the exact spot where God saved the sage where he remained on meditation for a long time. The temple and the tank have ancient stone inscriptions found that are of great interest to historians. The inscriptions are concerning to the Ganga dynasty, and both structures date back to the 12th century AD when Puri became an important center of pilgrimage. It is also known that Sri Ramanuja visited Puri during 1107 and 1117 followed by Vishnu Swami, who established the Vishnuswami Matha, near Markandeshwar Tank.

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  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Evening, Night
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Not Allowed Footwear
  • Allowed Camera

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