Tucked in the bosom of the river
Mahanadi is an idyllic island
called Dhabaleswar. So called because of its presiding deity, Lord
Dhabaleswar, an incarnation of Lord Shiva and the island is a place of
great religious significance. Sculptures dating back to the 10th century
A.D. stand testimony to the antiquity of the temple.
While Dhabaleswar attracts pilgrims round the year, thousands of people throng the place on special occasions like Shivaratri. Located far from the maddening crowd, and surrounded by the Mahanadi, Dhabaleswar provides a magnificent ambience for visitors.
A Centre for Aqua Sports
With a view to promoting water sports, the Tourism Department of Orissa has provided two Water Scooters and two boats at the island.
HOW TO GET THERE
One can reach the island both by river and road. The island is located 4-kms from Cuttack by river, and 12-kms from Cuttack by road.