Yameshwar Temple, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha

Date built:  13th – 14th century
Architectural style:
Major festivals Jiuntia or Puajiutia festival
District:: Bhubaneshwar
Address: Old Town, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751002

Yameshwar or Jameshwar Temple is a very old temple dedicated to Shiva being worshiped by Yama. It is situated in Bhubaneswarnear Bharati Matha, in Jameshwar Patna


Yameshwar Temple constructed during the Eastern Ganga dynasty in the 13th-14th century. It is mainly made of sandstone but the outer Prakara is made of laterite. The central vimana is built in Rekha Deula style. The main vimana is in Rekha Deula style while the Jaga mohan has been constructed according to the Pidha Deula style. The temple also has a separate mandapa. Several motifs such as Dikpalas, Nayikas, Erotics, Amarous couple, Vidalas adorn the beauty of the temple. However, few parts of the temple are in ruined state due to the damage caused by natural calamities. A Shivalinga has been installed within the garbhagriha of the temple.

Yameshwar Temple celebrates the Jiuntia festival also known as Puajiutia festival and Dwitvahana osha during the month of Ashwin. Other than this, festivals such as Shivaratri and Kartik Purnima are also celebrated with much enthusiasm and fervour. Devotees flock the temple premises during the Bharani nakshatra and on other festive season. The main Vimana is in Rekha Deula style, Jaga mohan is in Pidha Deula style and there is a detached mandapa.Many portions of the temple have been damaged by natural calamities as the temple is built by sandstone. The outer Prakara is built by laterite. The icons around the temple include many motifs like Dikpalas, Amarous couple, Nayikas, Vidalas, Erotics, elephant procession etc….The inner Garbhagriha houses Shivalinga within a circular yonipitha.The temple was built in the 13th-14th century during the Eastern Ganga dynasty.

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