Kopeshwar temple is located at Khidrapur, around 60km away from the city at Khidrapur village. The temple is known for beautiful stone carvings and comes under the Indian archaeological heritage sites.It is also one of the rare temples in India, where both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are in ‘ling’ form and without the presence of a ‘Nandi’.
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Legend has it that Sati the daughter of King Daksha was married to Lord Shiva. The King did not like his son in law Shiva so when Daksha was about to perform a Yagna (Hindu ritual performed along with the holy fire) he did not invite Sati and Shiva. Sati felt bad and went to meet her father asking the reason for not inviting her.In return, King Daksha insulted Shiva due to which Sati got angry and jumped into Yagna (holy fire). Shiva got furious and punished Daksha by cutting off his head. Later Shiva took back his curse and granted Daksha life with the head of a goat. It is believed that angry Shiva was brought to this temple to cool off his anger.
Hence the name Kopeshwar where Kop means ‘anger’ and Eshwar means ‘Lord Shiva’. The Temple is divided into four major sections — the Swargamandapam, Sabhamandapam, Antaral Kaksha and Garbha Griha.The construction of Kopeshwar temple started sometime in 7th century AD and the work remained incomplete under various dynasties. The whole temple has beautiful carvings of women in various poses that depict various emotions.
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