Chintamanisvara Shiva Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Chintamanisvara Shiva Temple is situated at the end of the Chintamanisvara road, a bit away from the Cuttack – Puri road near the Old Station Bazar in the capital district of Bhubaneswar in Orissa.

This shrine is dedicated to Lord Siva and the Siva lingam with a yonipitha faces towards the West. The important festivals of this shrine are Sivaratri, Siva vivaha, rudrabhisekha and jalasaya.  On each of the purnima days, special prayers and rituals are conducted in this shrine. The shrine belongs to the 14th century A.D in Rekha deul architectural styles and built by the Kesharis (Somavamsis).

Ardent followers plus admirers from nook and corner of the state of Orissa and neighboring states visit this shrine on the days of Shivarathri. Other Gods and Goddess installed in the shrine premises are a four armed Kartikeya image, a four armed Ganesha image and goddess Parvati. Among the devotees, thread and marriage ceremonies are conducted in a grand manner in this shrine.

By a natural spring, the tank is fed with waters from underground, made of laterite, rectangular in shape and with a depth of 3.00 m. As per the local legends, having a bath or dip in this tank is equivalent to having bath in Ganga and Yumana River on the auspicious days.

Chintamanisvara Tank is popular because large number of ardent followers plus admirers have bath or dip in this particular tank during the Shivarathri day. It is to be highly noted that within the precinct of shrine, tank is situated.

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