Chintamanisvara Siva Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Siva locted in Bhubaneswar
, the capital of Orissa
. It is situated at the end of the Chintamanisvara road branching from Cuttack
road near the Old Station Bazar. The temple faces towards west and the enshrined deity is a Siva lingam with a yonipitha.
The temple dates back to 14th century A.D. According to local legend the temple was built by the Kesharis (Somavamsis). Various religious sacraments like Sivaratri, Siva vivaha, jalasaya, rudrabhisekha are performed here. Marriage and thread ceremonies are held here.
On plan, the temple has a square sanctum, the vimana is of rekha order. From bottom to the top the temple has a bada, gandi and mastaka. There are fivefold divisions the panchanga bada and at the base the pabhaga has a set of five mouldings i.e. khura, kumbha, pata, kani and basanta. Khura portion of the temple has partly been buried. Jangha is segmented into tala jangha and upara jangha by a set of three mouldings of the bandhana, baranda with seven mouldings. The gandi is devoid of any decoration and the mastaka as with Orissan temples has components like beki, amalaka, khapuri and kalasa.
It is a temple tank located within the precinct of temple. According to local people the tank was dug by the Kesharis. Festivals like Kartika purnima and Sravana purnima are observed here. The tank is rectangular in shape made of laterite measuring 22.40 m in length and 11.20 m in breadth with a depth of 3.00 m. The tank is fed by a natural spring with waters from underground. As a result of which water level is always constant through out the year. There is an outlet in the eastern wall to discharge the excess water.