Dhabaleswar Temple, Cuttack, Odisha

Dhabaleswar Temple in Cuttack of Odisha is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The name of the temple was derived from Dhabala which means white and Eswar which refers to god, hence the name Dhabaleswar Temple. According to the mythological legend, it is said that once a thief stole a black calf and hid in a temple that was dedicated to Lord Shiva. Since the thief was hiding inside a temple, the local crowd couldn't dare to enter the temple and bring the thief outside and continued to wait for him outside. After long and continuous prayers by the thief, Lord Shiva took a form of a sage and saved the thief. When the crowd thought there was a black calf inside the temple, the sage went inside and brought back a white calf with him.

When the thief realized that Lord Shiva himself came to the island to save him and disappeared after turning the black calf into a white one, he confessed to the locals about his crime and dedicated his life to worship Lord Shiva. Therefore, the temple is known as Dhabaleswar Temple and Lord Shiva is also known as Dhabaleswara.

Dhabaleswar temple was built in the 14th century although there are some stone carvings present in the temple which belong to the 11th and 12th century. This temple was built according to the Kalinga Architecture style and is located on an island, 27kilometres away from Cuttack. The Dhabaleswar temple is located alongside the Mahanadi River in Orissa, a state in India. Since the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Shivaratri is celebrated grandly on this island.

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Cuttack Dhabaleswar Temple open at 05:00 AM to 09:00 PM

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