Astasambhu: Kualo was the ancient capital of Dhenkanal. Kualo is situated in north of Dhenkanal town at a distance of 32 Km on the right side of river Brahmani. The kingdom was ruled by the shulki kings who hold ‘stamba’epithets. They were the feudatories of the Bahmukarkings. Theirfutiler deity was Lord Shiva. Hence we see eight siva temples at Kualo known as ‘AshtaSambhu’. These eight shivalingas are known as – Kanakeswar ,swapneswar, Aisneswar, Kapileswar, Baidyanatheswar, Bane and Lokanatheswar.

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