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Gupteswar Cave
About Gupteswar Cave

The Gupteswar cave shrine is dedicated to lord Shiva is with enormous religious significance. Gupteswar Jeypore is a prominent cave shrine visited by pilgrims even from the nearby state of Chhattisgarh. Gupteshwar is located about 70 Kms from Jeypore, Orissa. The cave shrine of Gupteswar in Jeypore in India is devoted to Lord Shiva- the destroyer among the holy trinity in Hindu mythology. The Temple is situated above about 150 steps from the foot hills of the hill. Many deep and dark caves are present in the same hill. Just next to the main shrine there is a cave extension which takes to Kamdhenu. The way is pitch dark. One can also go above the hill to have a look of the entire area.

Many people come here for their Manasik(Mannat) and get their head tonsured, which is a hindu belief. The Shiva ling is inside a cave in very dark atmosphere. The sacred lingam is hidden by rocks and is termed `Gupteswar’ or the Hidden God and is much honored as Gupta Kedar by the people of nearby Madhya Pradesh who throng the hillside to worship the deity. On Shiva Ratri the Gupteswar in Orissa is flocked by pilgrims all day and all night long. Men, women and children visit the temple on that auspicious day with offerings of fruits, sweets, flowers, milk, and bhang. The Gupteswar Jeypore offers quite a feast for the non believers as well, since the cave shrine offers a panoramic view of the surroundings and makes a beautiful sight in itself.

Gupteswar Cave is a limestone cave discovered some time ago and has a number of beautiful spots around. The main attraction is the gigantic Shiva Linga which is said to be increasing in size. Pilgrims from all over the country come here during the Sravana period, because the yearly BolBom yarta is held in this place. Gupteswar Cave is a natural cave with Stalagmites. One has to reach the end to view the superb scene.Devotees walk to the Gupteshwar during BolBom yatra to bathe in the maha kund, and then sing near the Shiva Linga. This Gupteswar cave is special for the underground water and the view of Davis fall from the extreme end of the cave . It is really worth seeing.

The atmosphere is peaceful and serene as we visited on a normal day. This place draws a enormous crowds during Shivaratri. Gupteshwar is situated near the banks of River Kolab. It flows through huge rocks and the flow is quite good. It looked little dangerous to take a dip, though a fence has been created near the ghat for safety. But the whole sight looked beautiful. Many pilgrims come from the other side to visit Lord Shiva and they call this place as "Gupta Kedar".


Gupteswar Cave is surrounded by a dense forest of sal trees and flanked by the Kolab river, a 2 m high lingam stands in the cave. The shrine is called "Gupteswar" which means the "Hidden God". It is so named because it was lying hidden in the cave for a very long period. One can reach it by climbing the 200 steps flanked with rows of champak trees. The entrance of the cave is about 3 m wide and 2 m in height. There are also some other caves nearby. Inside the second cave there is a large stalactite. People worship it as the udder of God Kamadhenu (the divine cow) and wait under it with extended palms to collect drops of water which fall only at long intervals.

Popularly known as "Gupta Kedar" in the vicinity. This sacred place is endowed with unusual natural beauty, is associated with Shri Rama of the epic Ramayana. The nearby hill has been named "Ramagiri". According to mythology, the lingam was first discovered by Lord Rama when he was wandering in the Dandakaranya forest with wife Sita and brother Laxman, and later worshipped it calling it "Gupteswar". The poet Kalidas too, described the scenic beauty of Ramgiri forest where the cave temple is referred to in his famous Meghadutam.

However, with the passing of time, the temple was abandoned. Later, in the last part of the 19th century, a hunter of the Ramgiri area found the lingam. Since then the lingam has been worshipped by the tribes of Koraput region. In Shivaratri (a Hindu festival) Gupteswar Temple draws over 200,000 devotees from Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha. People suffering from incurable diseases come here to worship the God and remain here for months in the hope of getting cured.


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