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9 Jul 2020

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

Nilamadhava Temple (Odia: ନୀଳ ମାଧବ ମନ୍ଦିର, କଣ୍ଟିଲୋ) is very old and famous Vishnu temple in Odisha. This temple is situated near to the bank of Mahanadi, in Kantilo. This temple is present near to the twin hills with the surrounding forest.

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

The natural attraction of the spot is a permanent flow of holy water from the feet of Lord Nilamadhava. Another highlight of the place is the presence of Lord Siddheswar.

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

Lord Nilamadhav occupies a central position in the cult of Lord Jagannath. Even now also Lord Nilamadhava shrine is present on the right side of Lakshmi temple in Puri Jagannath Temple.

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

Kantilo is situated near the riverbank of Mahanadi which comes in a block called Khandapada, in Nayagarh District. The nearest railway station is Nayagarh Town and the nearest airport is Bhubaneswar.

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

It is advisable that if you are planning to come by train its better get down at Bhubaneswar station because from there you will get frequent buses to Kantilo.

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

Roads are connected to Kantilo which offers regular bus services. It is 73 km from state capital Bhubaneswar and 33 km from Nayagarh District.

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

It all initiated in a small cave in the Brahmadri hills situated on the banks of Mahanadi, which is known as Kantilo of Nayagarh district today.

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

Here, Biswabasu the local Sabara Chief worshipped Kitung, as God was known in the Sabara dialect. According to the Puranas, the deity was originally worshipped in the form of an Indranila gem image known as “Nilamadhava".

Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

The Daru Murty came much later. Located near the confluence of three rivers Mahanadi, Kuanria, and Kusumi. The temple structure is like the Jagannath temple of Puri.

Mahanadi near Nilamadhava Temple, Kantilo

It stands on the right bank of Mahanadi. It is called Triveni Sangam of Odisha. As there is Beni-Madhava in Prayag, so as here Nilamadhava.

* All the photographs are taken by Soumendra Routray sir published on Twitter.
* All photo rights are reserved to the original photographer and we have published with his permission.
* If you wish to publish these photos again somewhere, then you have to take the permission of the photographer.
* And the contents taken from Wikipedia.

8 Jul 2020


Chhatia Bata located in Jajpur district, Odisha is one of the most historical places in Odisha. It is situated at a distance of around 30 kilometers from the city of Cuttack. Chhatia is also considered as a major pilgrimage center because of the presence of the temple of Lord Jagannath.

Chhatiabata Welcome Gate

The temple is a superb example of modern Orissa architecture. The walls of the temple bear intricate carvings dedicated to the lord. It is associated with the Kalki avatar of Lord Vishnu.

Chhatia Bata

Front Gate of Chhataibata

People do have a belief that the Sage Hadidas who wrote Malika has his Samadhi there. Legends speak about Kalki shall come here to receive the sword Nandaka from Vaikuntha in a secret place inside the sanctum. Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra are present in the manner described, not like the Devi Subhadra in the middle. Priest of the temple says one day the Lord will leave Sriketra, Puri, and come to Chhatia. Predictions are there about Puri will get submerged into the water because of global warming and subsequent rise of water level in the Bay of Bengal. Achyutananda Das, a 15th-century saint of Orissa, had written about the arrival of the Lord in his famous book known as "Achutananda Malika".

Chhatia Bata

Prediction speaks about the Lord Jagannath Dham, Puri submerged into water and it's being said about the doomsday coming to near and its beginning of the Satyajog and end of Kalyug and the cycle continues.


Chhatia Dham is said to be the second home of Lord Jagannath after Puri People believe that one day Jagannath will come along with his brother and sister and allocate in Chhatia.

Chhatia Bata


So keeping a look at this day construction work is still going on because no one knows when the Lord will arrive. Preist Satyanada says, only when the Lord arrives, construction work in the temple will be stopped.

Jay Jagannath...

Chhatiabata Temple

Front gate of Chhatiabata

Chhatiabata Temple

Chhatia bata temple

Chhatia Bata

Temple at Chhataia Bata

Chhataiabata Temple

Odisha Tourism Board at Chhatiabata


* This blog is written by Amarnath Patra and all photographs are taken by him.
* All photo rights are reserved to the original photographer.
* We have published this blog with his permission and before publishing anywhere any using these photos, you have to take the permission of the Author.

25 May 2020


Pancharatha Temple (Odia: ପଞ୍ଚରଥ ମନ୍ଦିର) is a Hindu temple in Sonpur district. It's a highly revered shrine in Odisha.

This beautiful temple, constructed in a chariot size, which resembles the Sun Temple, Konark. Here Pancharatha means five carts.

As many as five temples are built upon a single platform here. The idols of Lord Siva, Ganesh, Kartikeya, and Rishava along with Goddess Shakti aka Parvati are worshipping here.

The most noteworthy feature of the temple is that the idol of Lord Ganesh faces east; generally in all Shiva temples the idol faces south. It is believed that Pancharatha Temple was built by King Birmitra Singhdeo to commemorate the death of his son Prince Somobhusan. But still, the researchers are working on the history of the temple.

Here we have some photos of the Pancharatha Temple captured by Chandrakar Liman Sir.





7 Apr 2020


Chandipur, is a beach in Baleswar District, the northern part of Odisha, India. The beach is located on the shore of the Bay of Bengal and is approximately 16 kilometers from the Baleswar Railway Station. 

The beach is unique in a way that the water recedes up to 5 kilometers during the ebb tide. Due to its unique circumstances, the beach supports bio-diversity.


The horseshoe crab is also found here on the beach towards Mirzapur, the nearby fishing market, and the community at the confluence of the Budhabalanga River at Balaramgadi. It is a suitable picnic spot. One of Odisha Tourism's Panthanivas or you can say a guest house is situated here.

Chandipur is located at 21.47°N 87.02°E. It has an average elevation of 9.8 ft. This town is 51.330 acres in size. Chandipur beach can be submerged at high tide.


Summer temperatures range 25–40 degrees Celsius, while the Winter range is 17–27 degrees Celsius. The tourism season is typically November to March.

Chandipur can be reached by traveling up to Baleswar by rail or road and then thereafter catching a bus, auto or taxi. Road access to Baleswar is via National Highway 16 (NH-16). Chandipur sea beach is 16 km from Balasore railway station.


Also avail the local guide & trekker service to see the major locations of Panchalinegeswar, Khirachora Gopinath temple, Chandipur Beach, Emami Jagannath temple, & Nilgiri Jagannath temple.


Apart from these, Many types of seafood are available in nearby hotels and restaurants. Fish is especially inexpensive here.


28 Mar 2020

Shri Shri Baladevjew Temple, Keonjhar (Odia: କେନ୍ଦୁଝର ବଳଦେବଜୀଉ ମନ୍ଦିର) was established in the year 1671. This temple was built by Raja Laxminarayan Bhanja. The height of the temple is 135 feet.

The main idol of this temple is Lord Balaram, the 8th Avtar of Lord Vishnu. He was the elder brother of Lord Krishna in Dwapar Yug.

The Cart-Festival (ରଥଯାତ୍ର) of Keonjhar Baladevjew Temple is now the main attraction because of the height of the Cart. Previously the height of the cart was 60 feet but now it's 72 feet, which is the tallest cart in the world.

The height of Nadighosha, the cart of Lord Jagannath in Puri is 45.6 feet and the height of the chariot of Baladevjew Temple, Tulasi Kshetra, Kendrapada is 64 feet. According to the Global Records and Research Foundation (GRRF), now it has the tallest cart.

* All these photos are captured by Limon.
* We have published here with his permission.
* If you wish to share these photos, then take his permission.

16 Feb 2020

Prachi Valley is an ancient site of Kalinga Civilization. This Vally was quite similar to the Mahanadi River Vally. It was a beautiful combination of human civilization involving all religions and sects and was a center of art, culture, and learning. This Valley was spread across 600 square kilometers. 

The Prachi is a small river of over 60 kilometers in length. Presently the parts of the modern-day districts of Puri, Khurda, Cuttack, and Jagatsingpur comprise the Prachi valley region.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has discovered pottery pieces, and tools made of stones and bones believed to be of the pre-Christian era from a mound in Jalalpur village of Cuttack district, Odisha.

Discoveries of ancient artifacts indicated that a rural settlement might have thrived in that period. These settlements could have had cultural and trade ties with other settlements in the Prachi Valley that had come up around the Prachi river, which gradually disappeared.

Prachi Valley civilization is believed to be earlier than that of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro flourished on the banks of Prachi river. Prachi Valley civilization has contributed a lot towards amalgamation, assimilation, and proliferation of different religious faiths and cults.

Here we have collected some photos of Prachi Vally. Hopefully, these would justify a few things which we have written above.

The idol of Lord Bishnu, sometimes identified with Lord Rishavnath of Jains, from his navel water flows always.

Early morning view Prachi Saraswati at Historic Deuli Math

A Boat going towards the island of Lord Bileswar Mahadev 

10th-century temple of Lord Budhhikeswar at Deulidharpur

 The confluence of Prachi Saraswati

A different type of crab not seen often

 Sea Crabs breathing morning air

Sunrises over the Bay of Bengal

A long stone from Prachi River

Laxmi Narayana Temple of Chourasi

Varahi Temple 

* All these photos are taken by Bikas Ojha and published with his permission.
* Follow him on Twitter @bikashojha
* All the information mentioned above is taken from Wikipedia.

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