The Kapileshwar Siva temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Siva located in the south-western outskirts of the village Kapileshwar, Old Town, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India. It is located at the end of Kapileshwar road leading from Lingaraaj temple to Kapileshwar Village. The presiding deity is a Shiva-lingam at the centre of a circular yonipitha inside the sanctum. It is a living temple, facing east and maintained by Kapileshwar Temple Trust Board. The temple is situated within the vicinity along with 33 other monuments. The locality is located on the northern embankment of Manikarnika tank over an area of 44.00 square metres.
About The Temple
The dominant feature is that it is 60-foot high and has an adjacent pond, surrounded by stone steps. It is a satellite temple of the main temple in Bhubaneswar, the Lingaraaj temple. Both these temples, like other temples in India are centres of social, political, and educational activities. Until the middle of the 20th century, the temple dominated the economic, political and ritual life of the place. The temple was built during the 14th Century during Suryavamshi rule of Kapilendra Dev. Inscription of Kapilendra Dev and other architectural sculptural fragments suggest the original temple could be earlier than the 11th Century.
Legends and Stories
According to legend, this is the birthplace of sage Kabila, who is considered as the father of Sankhya Philosophy. He is considered as the brain child of Brahma, also an incarnation of Vishnu and Shiva. Hence, the shrine is dedicated to Lord Kapileshwar Shiva.
Biju Patnaik airport at Bhubaneswar is the nearest airport.
Bhubaneswar railway station is the nearest railhead.
This place is well connected by road and is easily accessible by taxis.
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.
Morning 6:00 am to Evening 9:00 pm