About the Temple
The presiding deity of the Temple is Lord Shiva, worshipped as Lord Dhabaleswara. The temple is located on an island on the river Mahanadi 27 KM from Cuttack, the exotic surrounding makes this temple special. The foot over bridge a la Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula in Rishikesh- over the river Mahanadi is an added attraction.
The origins of the temple is said to be around 10th or 11th century AD. The present day temple was constructed by King Bir Kishore of Khurda around 1232 AD- it’s said that during a hunting expedition the king discovered the temple in a dilapidated state and ordered for its renovation and allotted land for the temple.
Bhubaneswar Development Authority is in charge of maintenance of the temple as of today.
There is an interesting legend associated with the name of the temple- once a thief stole a black bull calf from the village and hid in the temple to escape the wrath of the villagers. The thief fervently prayed to the presiding deity Lord Shiva to save himself. Lord Shiva appeared as a sage in front of the villagers and asked for the reason for their anger, on being appraised of the situation, the lord told the villagers that the calf inside a temple isn’t a black bull calf but a white bull calf and ushered in the calf in front of the villagers.
After the villagers were satisfied with his explanation, the lord vanished, meanwhile the thief realized the presence of the lord and accepted his mistake and vowed to serve the rest of his life in service of Lord Shiva.
The white bull and the black bull at the entrance of the temple after crossing the river on boat signifies the legend of the temple.
Shivratri is the most auspicious festival of the temple.
Bol Bom- During the month of shravan( rainy season) the temple attracts thousands of kawariyas .