The phallic god Dhabeleswar
stands on an islet on the middle of river
Mahanadi at a distance of 5km from the Cuttack.
Legend says, to save a devotee from disaster,
the God had turned a black bullock into white.
On the full moon day of the month of Kartika,
countless devotees assemble and observe Bada
Osa and have a sight of the God. The Shiva
Temple, perched on a hillock, is approachable
by steps, one from the north and other one
from the south.
As a religious
center, Dhavaleswar throngs with religious
activities throughout the year. It is 37
km by road from Cuttack and 5 km through