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Gupteswar Temple Koraput Odisha


Gupteswar Cave is a city shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is a world-famous pilgrim site situated about 55 km away Jeypore, Koraput District in the state of Odisha, India. It is a limestone cave discovered some time ago and has a number of scenic 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.Surrounded by a dense forest of sal trees and flanked by the Kolab river, a 2m 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 1000 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 several 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 outstretched palms to collect drops of water which fall only at long intervals. Shivaratri is the major festival which attracts a large umber of visitors.

How to get there 
Nearest air port : Bhubaneswar 
Nearest Railway station :  The nearest railway station is Koraput railway station. And via bijayanagaram one can reach Koraput. It is about 70 km from the holy cave. 

Road : National Highway touches both Koraput and Jeypore, hence reaching the place Gupteswar is not at all difficult. One can reach here by bus via Baipariguda, a marketing place. Baipariguda is just 30 km away from Gupteswar.Berhampur is 400 km, Bhubaneswar 590 km, Koraput 75 km and Jeypore 45 Km away from Gupteswar.

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