TOURISM & PLACES OF INTEREST         Contents 


TOURISM

1.    SRI SAILA KHETRA, ANGUL

2.    GODDESS BUDHI THAKURANI

3.    SATAKOSIA WILD LIFE SANCTUARY & TIKARAPADA

4.    BHIMAKAND/ DEEPSIKHA

5.    KHULUDI

6.    DEULAJHARI

7.    MAA MAHESWARI TEMPLE

8.    BINIKEI PITHA

 

PLACES OF INTEREST

1.   TALCHER

2.    RENGALI

3.    SAMAL

4.    GOPALPRASAD

5.    PURUNAGARH

6.    KALIAKATA

7.    KOSALA

8.    SANTRI

9.    TALMUL

10.   BAJIROUT CHHATRAVAS,ANGUL

11.   MAHATMA GANDHI MEMORIAL TRUST AT BAMUR  



SRI  SAILA KHETRA,ANGUL

 

          A beautiful temple complex has been constructed on Sunasagada Hill top at Angul. The main temple has  Mukhasala , Jagamohan, Natyamandir and a Garvagriha . Lord  Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath and Devi Subhadra  are worshiped  in the main temple . Godess Laxmi , Bimala, Sarawati  are worshiped  in this complex . This temple complex attracts a lot of visitors through out the year.

 

Bhoomi Puja for the construction of this temple held on 15th Feb, 1994. The foundation stone was laid on 21st Feb,1996. Ratnamandira was completed on 14th July,97. Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra were installed on Ratnasinghasan on   22nd Feb, 2002. The first Car festival was observed on 12th July,02. The main temple has a spread of 7500 sq. ft. It is 111 ft. tall.

 

Car festival and other festivals associated with Lord Jagannath are observed in Sri Saila Khetra.

 

The Temple is managed by a Society headed by Collector, Angul as ex-officio President.

 

GODDESS BUDHI THAKURANI

 

          The presiding deity of Angul  is Goddess Budhithakurani . Angul has earned celebrity as a Sakta Centre since 8th Century A.D. with the rise of the Sulkies on its soil. Goddess Budhithakurani  is worshiped in the form of a stone icon covered  with  vermellion . The shrine draws huge crowd throughout the year.  Pilgrims of different parts of Orissa visit the place   for a darshan of the   Goddess.


SATAKOSIA WILD LIFE SANCTURARY & TIKARAPADA

         

Greater northern half portion of Satakosia wild life sanctuary is located in Angul district. The sanctuary derives its name from sat (seven) and Kosh (two miles) meaning 14 miles or 22 km. Long. The meandering Mahanadi flowing amidst two beautiful hills form here the mightiest gorge measuring 22 km. Long. The majestic Satkosia gorge is a unique feature in the geomorphology of India. It is acclaimed as one of the most enchanting spots in the country. This region is in fact the meeting point of Chhotanagpur plateau forests, dry deciduous forests and moist peninsular sal forests and is a strong hold of tiger, leopard, elephant, spotted deer, chousingha, sloth beer and varieties of resident and migratory birds and different species of reptiles like gharial, mugger, crocodile, fresh water turtles, poisonous and non-poisonous snakes etc. The place is ideal of boating, angling and other adventure sports. A research and conservation unit was established at Tikarpada(close to the gorge during 1995 for rearing of gharials. So far 38 species of mammals, 128 species of birds, 27 species of reptiles, 4 species of amphibians and 183 species of fish have been recorded in the sanctuary. Tikarpada is connected to N.H. 42 at Badakera (10 Kms. from Angul) through a motorable road of 48 Km. length.

 

BHIMAKAND / DEEPSIKHA

 

          A  rock art sleeping  image of Lord Vishnu is located  at Bhimakanda village on the right bank of river Brahmani . Now it is situated within the complex of  the largest  coal based   Super Thermal Power  Plant of NTPC.  The image sleeps on its right side. The image is about 42’ (126.5 CM) long & 8’ wide. The image is the second largest image in India in size, the Gomogteswar in Karnataka being the largest.  However, it has the honour of being the largest sleeping image. The period of its construction is assigned to 8th –9th Century A.D.

 

KHULUDI


         Malyagiri range of Pallahara Sub-Division   houses a glitering water fall near the village Khuludi. The fall making its spectacular jump from the hilltop and paying homage to Lord Siva is located at a distance of 120 Kms. from Angul and 20 Kms. from Pallahara. It is an ideal site for group picnic and relaxation.

 

DEULAJHARI


          Deulajhari is the ancient citadel of Saivism. Located at 6 Km. Away from Athamallik & 90 Kms. Away from Angul. The temple has been constructed amidst dense indigenous-jasmine forest (locally known as Kiabana) that stands as the high walls around the temple. The uniqueness of the place lies in its hot springs that surround the temple. As per the ancient records there were eighty-four such springs. But many of these have been overshadowed in the jasmine forest. Now twenty-four springs are alive. Among these, the springs bearing the names like Agnikunda, Taptakunda, Himakunda, Amrutakunda and Labakusakunda are prominent ones. The temperature of water in these springs varies from 40 degree Celsius to 62 degree Celsius.

 

          The temple complex covers an area of twenty-four acres of land. The presiding deity Sidheswar Baba adores the main temple.  

 

MAA MAHESWARI TEMPLE

          It is located at Athamallik, the sub-divisional headquarters. Maa Maheswari and her temple is the pivot point of the socio-cultural life of Athamallik region. It is a citadel of Saktisim.
 

          Historical records prove that the Goddess has been the royal deity of Athamallik. She symbolizes courage, strength and victory. With the change of capitals from one place to another, various kings had constructed different temples for her worship. The presently standing temple in eastern side of the Athamallik town has been built in the year 1922. The divine mother is worshiped along with the Dolagovinda on the sanctorum. The idols are made of gold and other astadhatu ( eight metals). The distinctive feature of the idol is that it has eleven hands one of which emerges out of the belly of the idol. The worship of the divine mother here in the form of Maheswari equals the tradition of Saktiupasana in various other places of Orissa viz. Charchika in Banki, Biraja in Jaipur, Tarini in Keonjhar, Chandi in Cuttack, Bimala in Puri, Samaleswari of Sambalpur.

 

BINIKEI PITHA

 

            The pitha of   Goddess Binikei is another spot of tourist attraction in the Sub-division of Athamallik. The place is located on the bank of the river Mahanandi and is only 25 Kms. away from the Sub-divisional headquarters. The spot is the gateway to the famous Satakosia gorge in river Mahanadi. At the back of the temple stand the towering Panchadhara hills like a crown on the head of the deity.            

 

TALCHER

 

          Talcher on the right bank of Brahmani, the capital of the erstwhile Talcher State is one of the fastest growing industrial and mining complexes of the country. The coal based thermal power plant (470MW) at the Talcher Thermal, Heavy Water plant of Atomic Energy Commission at Vikrampur, 7 nos. of underground mines and 3   nos. of open cast mines located in and around Talcher  have greatly enhanced the  importance  of this place. Another attraction of the place is the Rani Park, which extends over an area of 64 square KM. Once this place was very famous for its varied flora and fauna.  A rock cut    Bishnu lying in sleeping posture at the left bank of Brahmani in Saranga village of Dhenkanal district is only 4 KM away from Talcher.  Talcher is 150   KM away from Bhubaneswar and 20 KM away from Angul . N.H. 23 passes through Talcher.

 

RENGALI

 

A dam has been constructed across the river Brahmani at Rengali.  One Hydro-electric power project of 120MW capacity has been installed here.  It is about 85 KM from  Angul .   Located on NH-250 , it is a quite place for outing.

 

SAMAL

            It is located at a distance of 40 kms from  Angul  and 20 kms from Talcher . The panaromic view  with deep solitude is a panacea to group picnicker.  A barrage has been constructed  here to harvest the Brahmani  water for irrigation purpose. Brahmani right  Canal  and left Canal originate from this place . A mini hydro power plant  is  coming up at  this place through private initiative. 

GOPALPRASAD

 

          Goddess Hingula is worshipped with great devotion by the people of the surrounding areas. It is located at a distance of 14 K.M. from Talcher.Goddess Hingula is believed to be the agni ( fire) in the kitchen of Lord Jagannath at Puri. An open cast coal mine of MCL has come up recently near Gopalprasad. Hingula Yatra is observed here for nine days during the month of Chaitra. A lok mohotsav is organized here for a week long period on the occasion of the yatra when tens of thousands of people visit the place.

 

PURUNAGARH

 

A village in Bantala Police-Station of Angul sub-division. It lies beside the road to Tikarpada at a distance of about 15K.M from Angul. Formerly, it was   the Capital of the Rajas of Angul. The last ruler of Angul Raja Somanath Singh a few years before his deposition in 1848, moved his headquarters to Krishnachakragarh, nearly 16K.M from Purunagarh, which was then given its present name, meaning the old fort. When Angul came under the direct control of the British Government, Purunagarh was again made its headquarters, but as the site was found to be very unhealthy, Angul was made the headquarters. Purunagarh contains some temples, chief among which are those dedicated to Jagannath and Madanmohan. The deity Madanmohan is held in great esteem by people of the subdivision.

 

KALIAKATA


        Kaliakata a small village under Nisa G.P. of Chhendipada Block. After covering 13 Kms. From Angul on Angul-Bagedia road one has to go about 3 Kms. West to reach this village. The village contains pre-historic sites discovered by Valentine Ball in 1876. The recent investigation has revealed that the sites are very important for study of pre-historic antiquities.

 

KOSALA


       This village is situated at a distance of 28 Kms. On Angul-Bagedia road. The village is known for its shrine dedicated to Goddess ‘ Rama Chandi’. She is believed to be possessed of great powers. It is believed that by worhiping Goddess ‘ Rama Chandi’ sterile women will obtain children. On the foundation of the old temple one magnificent temple is under construction by the villagers.

 

          A yatra is held here on the second day of ‘ Krushna Pakshya Bhadra’. This yatra is known as ‘ Rama Chandi’ yatra or ‘ Kadualli Yatra’( July- August). This yatra is attended by about 30,000 persons of Angul and neighboring sub-divisions.

 

SANTRI


          A village in Banarpal Polce-Station at a distance of 13K.M from Angul. It contains the shirne of a Goddess called Lobhi Thakurani, where a large Mela is held annually on the full-moon day of Kartik(October-November). The fair, which lasts for two days, a large crowd days. Local tradition says that Goddess Lobhi was first worshipped by Ramachandra.

 

TALMUL

 

          A village situated in Angul Police-Station at  about 22.5 K.M from Angul. It is about 2K.M. north of Mahidharpur which is on the Angul-Hindol road. There is a temple here dedicated to Mahisasurmardini, a form of Goddess Durga. The temple, though not large in dimension possesses some special features of architecture. It has a Mukhasala attached to its front which has a roof supported by pillars. The Temple and Mukhasala have been constructed on a raised platform which adds to the height of the temple.The pillars are similar to those of the Chalkunji at Khiching. The Parswadevata and the deity of the temple are very life-like and are good specimens of plastic art. The local people hold Mahisasuramardini in great awe.

 

BAJIROUT CHHATRAVAS,ANGUL

 

          The Bajirout Chhatravas, an institution of      national     importance ( registered under Societies Registration Act. XXI of 1960) was established in 1946 at Angul in Orissa State by Smt. Malati Choudhury, freedom fighter, social activist and former member of the constituent assembly of India and Shri Nabakrushna Choudhuri, Gandhian thinker and scholar and former Chief Minister of Orissa.

 

          Bajirout Chhatravas was established on 11th May 1946 in memory of a twelve-year-old boy, Bajirout, who sacrificed his life by disallowing the British forces to cross by boat the river Brahmani. This spirit of sacrifice is an eternal message for the children of Bajirout Chhatravas.

 

          Inspired by the educational philosophies of Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore , Smt. Malati Choudhury, Shri Nabakrushna Choudhury and their dedicated team introduced an innovative programme of education call Nai Talim, in Bajirout Chhatravas.

 

Collaboration with other organizations

 

          The Bajirout Chhatravas is an Institutional Member of the Indian Adult Education Association, New Delhi. It has partnership status with the world view International Foundation, Colombo. It also works on a programme to programme basis with the Jana Sikshan Sansthaan, Angul.

 

Activities

 

     The following activities comprise the mainstay of the Chhatravas.

1.                 Inter-religious prayer early morning & evening.

2.                 Morning Yogasana practices.

3.                 Gardening and agriculture work.

4.                 Community cleaning.

5.                 Community cooking.

6.                 Self study.

7.                 Sports & Games.

8.                 Spinning.

9.                 Learning crafts in collaboration with Jana Sikshan Sansthaan ( JSS)

10.             Celebration of festivals.

11.             Observance of the National Days and birth days of important personalities.

12.             Welcoming the different seasons through music and dance.

13.             Students working as volunteers during natural calamities and accidents.

 

 MAHATMA GANDHI MEMORIAL TRUST AT BAMUR

 

          Mahatma Gandhi stayed at Bamur ion 05.05.1934 (midnight halt), to commemorate the halt of Mahatma Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi memorial trust has been established at Bamur in the year 1990. This trust is registered bearing Regn. No. 2222/S (1991).

 

          One Information Centre, Reading Room , R.I. Office, Fire station, GRIDCO Electrical Section office are located in this memorial Trust Building.       

                


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