Ekteshwar enshrines a temple to
Shiva, in the village of Ekteshwar near Bankura.
Ekteshwar enshrines Shiva in the form
of Ekapaadamurthy, with one foot and two hands.
Legend has it that that there was a lot of rivalry
between two local rulers Samantabhuma and Mallabhuma over the border between their
kingdoms. It is said that Shiva appeared in the form of an image of Ekapadamurthy at a
point between their kingdoms thereby resolving the border dispute.
The temple seen today is a result of renovation and
restoration over a period of time. The original laterite structure has brick and sandstone
additions. In structure, it represents the architectural style of Orissa, bereft of a
spire. In addition, there are a series of brick arches in front of the temple. The sanctum
is reached after descending through a flight of steps. The temple looks like an abrupt
upright structure, devoid of major sculptural work.
Fairs in the month of Chaitra, as well as Mondays each
week, see a large turnout of pilgrims.