Odisha the land of beautiful ancient temples is a popular tourist destination. Having a rich and abundant cultural heritage this place is a paradise for spiritual people. Several magnificent temples are housed in this state. One such temple is the temple situated in Kapilash known as the Chandrashekahar Temple. This temple lies in the Dhenkanal town of Odisha. It is at a distance of 26 km from the district headquarters.
More about the Kapilash Temple
This temple was constructed by King Narasinghadeva I of the Ganga Dynasty constructed the temple for Sri Chandrasekhar. This temple was constructed in 1246 CE as indicated in the Kapilash Temple inscriptions. One can find the idols and images of Sri Ganesh, Kartikeya and Gangadevi in here too. Patita Pavana Jagannath is installed in the temple as the Parsa Deva. There also exists Lord Vishwanath Temple in Kapilash. Many scholars believe that this temple is older than Chandrasekhar Temple. Hence, this temple is also known as Budha Linga. This temple is situated in the north eastern part of Dhenkanal. The Shiva Linga in here is underneath a waterfall. It is submerged at a low depth and tourists can touch the holy lingum under the supervision of the guides and other concerned people there.
Kapilash Temple Architecture
This temple is made in the Kalinga style of architecture like most of the temples in Odisha. The temples made in this style have mainly four structures. One such structure is known as the vimana which is the tallest structure of the temple. The vimana most of the time houses the idol of the god or goddess. The main tower or the vimana of this temple is at a height of 60 feet. Another structure goes by the name of Jagamohana which is mainly the festival hall. This is the place where celebrations and other festivities were held.
Bhogamandapa is another structure where food was offered to the devotees.
Natyamandapa, as the name suggests, is the place where cultural programs were held.
This temple is at a height of about 2239 feet from the sea level. The temple can be approached by two gateways. One is by climbing a total of 1352 steps and the other is through Barabanki. This way of reaching the temple is a tedious affair as one has to go through a twisting path.
Legends associated with the Kapilash temple
A number of legends revolve around this temple. Some scholars believe that it is the second ‘Kailash’ of lord Shiva.
Tradition describes it as the ashram of Kapila.
There also exists some monasteries at this place. Shridhar Swami who has written a commentary on Bhagavata Purana had stayed here.
Kapilash Temple Robbery
It is very sad to know that the idols of gods and goddesses were stolen from the entrance of this famous temple. The three stone idols of Lord Ganesh, Goddess Durga and Goddess Bhairavi were stolen from the temple premises. This unfortunate incident took place in the year 2015.
Things to do in Kapilash Temple
Kapilash temple is a holy place dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is a very popular temple among pilgrims. The holiness of this temple is enchanting. The climb to the temple adorned with trees makes the walk to the temple worth it. In addition to this the area around the temple is full of natural beauty. Hence, it also the perfect destination for nature lovers. The drive to the temple is full of fun and serenity. The temple is well connected by road to the town of Dhenkanal. An early morning ride to this temple is complete bliss. The temple witnesses a flood of devotees during the festival of Mahashivratri.
A Tourist’s Guide to Kapilash
The temple is open from morning to evening on all days of the week. The nearest railway station is Dhenkanal railway Station and the nearest airport is in Bhubaneswar airport i.e. Biju Patnaik International Airport. The temple is well connected to Dhenkanal Bus stop by road. One can either hire a private vehicle or take public transport and reach this temple. One can choose hotels according to one’s needs in Kapilash.
Kapilash temple is a famous temple dedicated to lord Shiva. It is also an ideal place for nature lovers and photography fanatics. One must visit temple once in their lifetime.