17 July 2017
Dhenkanal: Hilly terrain Kapilash in the district being one of the famous holy abodes of Lord Shiva and as the holy month of ‘Shravan’ in the peak monsoons is held in special reverence by the devotees of Lord Shiva, the four very auspicious ‘Shravan Shombars’ (Mondays) abuzz with ‘Bol Bom’ chanting by thousands of devotees here.
The devotees, either with wishes in heart or gratefulness for wishes fulfilled or out of devotion, make a beeline to offer sacred water to ‘Chandrasekhar’ (as Lord Shiva is fondly addressed here) fetched from sacred Brahmani river near the district headquarters town here.
Thousands of the pilgrims throng the hilltop temple from various parts of Odisha, even from far-flung pockets and neighbouring States. The devout devotees, even women and children, carry the water of the Brahmani in earthen, metal and plastic vessels on their shoulders. They trek barefoot to the hilltop before pouring the water on the ‘Shivling’. But, taking into view the mad rush, devotees are asked to pour their fetched water on the ‘Brushava’ (pious stone carved bulls before the entrance of the sanctum sanctorum).
Situated in the north-eastern part of Dhenkanal town, there are two approaches for the temple: either by climbing up 1,352 steps or by means of 'Barabanki' (travelling by the twisting way).
The popularly known Kapilash Temple is one of the oldest and finest temples of Odisha built by King Narasinghdeva I of Ganga Dynasty in 1246 A.D as indicated in the temple inscription.
Notably, the hills around Kapilash form the rough boundary of adjoining Cuttack and Dhenkanal districts while the loftiest Kapilash is one among the numerous peaks.