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
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 vermillion . 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.
A rock art sleeping image of Lord Vishnu is located at Bhimakanda
village about 30 km north of Talcher town and 50 km from Angul & 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.
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 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
The temple complex covers
an area of twenty-four acres of land. The presiding deity Sidheswar Baba
adores the main temple.
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.
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.
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 also coming up at this place. The
panoramic view with deep solitude is a panacea to the group picnickers.
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.
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 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.
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.
A village in Banarpal Polce-Station at a distance of 13K.M from Angul.
It contains the shirne of a Goddess called
Lovi 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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,
The following activities
comprise the mainstay of the Chhatravas.
Inter-religious prayer early morning & evening.
Morning Yogasana practices.
Gardening and agriculture work.
Sports & Games.
Learning crafts in collaboration with Jana Sikshan Sansthaan ( JSS)
Celebration of festivals.
Observance of the National Days and birth days of important
Welcoming the different seasons through music and dance.
Students working as volunteers during natural calamities and accidents.
GANDHI MEMORIAL TRUST AT BAMUR
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.
On the junction of N.H. 23 and N.H., 42, Banarpal , only 10 km
from Angul is a convenient base for higway tourists. A wayside
amenities centre (panthika) of state Tourism department is
nearing completion to provide accommodation and other ancillary
facilities to the tourists.
Maa Maheswari and her temple is the pivot point of the socio-cultural life of
the region. It is a citadel of Saktisim. The legends along with
experiences of individual devotees about the Mahima of the Goddess are just
unbeatable. Modern logic and human reasoning fails to counter the facts
narrated by living-legends. Mythologically, the worship of Maheswari is
related to the age of Tretaya during with the Lord Rama worshiped the divine
Mother in his hard days of forest exile.
Historical records prove that the Goddess has been the royal deity in course
of the history of Athamallik. She symbolizes courage, strength and
With the change of capital from one place to another various kings had
constructed different temples for her worship. The presently standing temple
in eastern side of Athamallik town has been built in the year 1922. The idol
is made of gold and other valuable Asthadhatu.
The divine mother is worshiped along with the Dolagovinda
on the sanatorium.
The distinctive feature of the idol is that it has eleven hands one of which
emerges out of the belly of the idol. Thought the worship of Ekadasabhuja-Durga is found in other regions of Orissa the icon of
Maheswari is unique and unparallel with any other Saktipitha. The
architectural design of the temple confirms to the Kalingan-style. The main
temple has been so constructed that the first ray of the rising sun reflects
on the Dadhinauti of the temple The subtleness and craftsmanship of the
temple are the timeless reflection of a glorious tradition. They all tell an
unfinished story in the stone.
The folklore and legends glorify the temple and goddess. The speciality of
the legends are that till today many a people are alive who bear testimony
to some of the folk-tales. The deity had been so important and popular among
the masses that kings envied each other over the possession of the deity in
The important fasts and festivals in the temple include the Dola Utsab
during the month of Phalguna, Nabapatrika Puja during the month of Chaitra,
Machhabindha during Baisakha, Chandan Yatra during the month of Yestha,
Purnima Puja in the month of Srabana and Sola Puja( Worship in sixteen forms
and offerings) during the month of Aswina. he tradition of animal sacrifice
during solapuja at the time of Dasahara was prevalent till recent days.
More than artistic delights and spiritual prescience the temple and its
legends preserve the history of the land with its social and economic
landscape. 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 Jajpur, Tarini in Keonjhar,
Chandi in Cuttack,
Bimala in Puri, Samaleswari in sambalapur & Bhagabati in Banapur.
The pitha of mother Goddess Maa Binikei is another spot of tourist
attraction in the Sub-Division of Athamallik. The place is located on the
bank of the river Mahanadi and is only 25 kms away from the Sub
headquarters. The river Mahanadi flows on its sandy beds between the hills
just in front of the citadel of the sylvan Goddess. The river with its blue
currents on sandy beds is just a jungle maiden dancing and singing with the
sound of the cool breeze that comes from the deep forest that surrounds the
temple. The sight reminds a pilgrim about the river Ganges flowing down the
Gongotri in Himalayan ranges. The maiden river offer the rare opportunity
of witnessing the sunrise and sunset on its chest where one can bathe
and laze for for hours on its golden sands. One can also see enjoy
traditional fishermen playing their catamarans and boats and drawing it to
their nets with a lively and rich catch of fish on this wide and long
riverbank. The spot is the gateway to the famous Satakosia george of river
Mahanadi having a Gharial sanctuary. At the back of the temple stands the
towering Panchadhara hills a like a crown on the head of the deity. The
sight of sunrise and set on River Mahanadi on stone and sand beds relieve
the visitor from worldly woes and worries.
Many a folk-talks and legends speak about the arrival of Maa Binikei at this
spot. Some of the legends relate to Mari-time-trade, a glorified era in
Orissan history. The temple is more described by the legends than that of
historical records. Definite historical records are not available till today.
However some scholars believe that king Kishore Chandra Deo of Kadamba
Dynasty who ruled over this Gadjat estate in early part of nineteenth
century consecrated the idol of Binikei at this spot.
There is also no unanimity of opinion among the scholars with regard to the
timing of the idol of Maa Binikei. However, some scholars date it to ninth
century from the view point of its sculptures and architectural design.
There are some similarity of its sculpture with the art and sculpture of Kosaleswar temple in
Subarnapur district. he temple of Kosaleswar was built
during the rule of a powerful dynasty known as Telguchoda in Subarnapur. The
idol stands on a man and holds a body on the lap of another leg. The pose
itself speaks about the meaning i.e. saving the virtuous and peace loving
persons and demolishing the vicious demons. She is the savior when the world
is engulfed by darkness. The brilliance of her mahima (charisma) mitigates
the darkness and protects the righteousness. The tantrasahdakas name the
idol as Bamunda, the tantrik goddess. Whatever may be the spiritual
discourse about the origin and significance of the idol it can be concluded
with some degree of emphasis that the modeling of the idol indicates a
synchronization of Buddhist tantrayana and Hindhu architect design.
The summer, autumn, winter and spring are the most appropriate time for
experiencing the divine pleasure at Binikei. The most important celebration
of the temple is Dola yatra during the month of Phalguna (Spring season).
With the rich legacy of a Gadjat culture, Athamallik sub-division is
enriched with many treasures for a traveler, a pilgrim, a tourist, a
catechist and a preceptor. Apart from the places cited above the
sub-division is full of with temples, monasteries, picnic spots and the
places for spiritual meditation. Tinged with folklore, mythological
believes, spiritual brilliance and bestowed with unique geo-climatic
conditions under the dress of scenic panorama, the the Sub-Division is truly
a hidden treasure in the tourist map of Orissa.