(Last Updated on : 04/01/2013)
Kapilash Temple is located in the north eastern part of Dhenkanal
town in the Indian state of Orissa
. The temple is located at a distance of 26 kms from the district head quarters. The shrine is situated at an elevation of about 2239 feet from sea level. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva
Architecture of Kapilash Temple
Kapilash Temple was built Narasinghdeva I of Ganga Dynasty
. According to an inscription engraved on the temple he constructed it for Sri Chandrasekhar in 1246 A.D. The chief tower of the temple is 60 feet in height. Kailash temple is located on top of a hill amidst lush green environs. There are two ways to reach the temple. Pilgrims can either climb 1352 steps or travel through the twisting way. The 'Payamrta kunda' exists on the left side of the temple and the 'Marichi kunda' is on the right side. A wooden Jagamohana i.e. an assembly has been built inside the temple. Kapilash Temple houses the idols of Lord Ganesha
and Gangadevi. Patita pavana Jagannath has been established within the temple as the 'Parsa deva'. The temple is richly decorated during the Shivaratri
festival. Thousands of devotees visit the temple trekking barefoot to the hilltop to pour water on the Shivalinga.
It is believed that Kapilash pitha served as the ashram of sage Kapila
. Few scholars are of the view that it is the second Kailash of Lord Shiva. Some monasteries have been developed in the vicinity.
Kapilash Temple is well connected by different modes of transport. Dhenkanal Railway Station is the nearest railway station. Regular bus services are also available for the temple.
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