(Last Updated on : 07/10/2015)
Chateshwar Temple, an ancient pilgrimage centre in the South east coast of India, is situated in the Krushnapur village in the vicinity of Bahugram in Cuttack district
. The temple, located in Orissa
, enshrines a patalaphuta Shivalinga within a circular yonipitha.
Architecture of Chateshwar Temple
The architectural pattern and the craftsmanship of Chateshwar Temple states that the shrine had been constructed in the 12th Century A.D. during the reign of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty
. Besides the Shivalinga, the temple also houses idols of Goddess Chamunda
, Lord Surya
, Lord Buddha
and Udyotasimha, all in ruined state. A small image of Lord Vishnu possessing four arms and a Nandi
is also installed in the temple. The temple, pancharatha in plan, comprises a bada embellished with multi segmented mouldings horizontal in nature.
The temple celebrates several festivals every year attracting pilgrims from different corners of the country. Shivaratri
, Kartik Purnima
and Margashirsha Purnima, Sankranti are some of the important festivals observed and organised by the temple on a grand scale. Devotees can visit the temple accessing the road from Cuttack via Jagatpur.
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