The Chandrashekhar Temple is situated in Dhenkanal, Orissa.
About The Temple
The temple is 60 feet in height and has two approaches - one that is 1352 steps and the other is ‘Barabanki’ or the travel twisting way. Narasinghdeva-I constructed the temple for Sri Chandrasekhar in 1246AD indicated in the Kapilash temples inscription.
Legends and Stories
There are many legends about Kapilash pitha and its significance.History says it was the ashram of Kapila muni, to some scholars it is the second Kailash of Lord Siva. Sridhar Swami who wrote commentary on Srimad Bhagavatham stayed there. There are some monasteries in the premises.
Lord Chandrasekhara was worshipped by the chintapatis in 36 Niyogas. Maha Sivaratri is the greatest festival at Kapilash.
The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar. Dhenkanal Railway Station on Cuttack Sambalpur S.E.Railway line. There are plenty of buses as well.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
The temple is open from 05:00 am to 7:00 pm.