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13 Dec 2020

Khirachora Gopinatha Temple (Odia: କ୍ଷୀରଚୋରା ଗୋପୀନାଥ ମନ୍ଦିର) is a Hindu Temple made by Langula Narasingha Deva in Remuna of Balasore district in Odisha, India.

Khirachora Gopinatha Temple - କ୍ଷୀରଚୋରା ଗୋପୀନାଥ ମନ୍ଦିର

Kshirachora Gopinath Temple is situated around 9 km west of Balasore railway station, about halfway between Howrah and Bhubaneswar in Odisha.

Kshirachora Gopinath Temple

The name "Remuna" is from the word "Ramaniya" which means very good-looking. "Khirachora" in Odia means Stealer of Milk and Gopinatha means the Divine Consort of Gopis. The reference is to child Krishna's love for milk and milk products.

Khirachora Gopinath Temple made by Narasinghadeva

Chandan Pokhari of Khirachora Gopinath Temple

Eastern Ganga Dynasty king Langula Narasingha Deva, brought Gopinath to Remuna in the 13th century from Chitrakuta. This king arranged to have dug the two big tanks, Brajapokhari and Kutapokhari.

Bhoga Shops at Remuna Khirachora Gopinath Temple, Balasore

Beautiful View of Khirachora Gopinath Temple

Lord Gopinatha, flanked by Sri Govinda and Sri Madana Mohana, is made of black stone. Sri Gopinatha stands in bas-relief. Govinda and Madana Mohana, who were brought from Vrindavana in about 1938 by a devotee named "Chaitanya Dasa Babaji", are standing freely.

Bata Brukshya at Khirachora Gopinath Temple, Remuna

It is said that Sri Rama carved Gopinatha with His arrow and that Sita worshiped this deity in Chitrakuta. During Banabasa to show the next avatar bigraha (Idol) to Sita.

Baula Gachha near Khirachora Gopinath Temple, Remuna, Balasore, Odisha

Beautiful View of Khirachora Gopinath Temple

How to reach Khirachora Gopinatha Temple:

You could take an auto-rickshaw from the Balasore bus stand or from Remuna Golei or from the Railway station. On the way to Khirachora Gopinath Temple, you could visit Gaudiya Matha and Emami Jagannath Temple is just a few kilometers away from the temple.

Entrance of Khirachora Gopinath Temple

Amruta Keli is the name of the delicious khira here. The Gopinatha khira is a preparation of homemade condensed milk, sugar, and cream, with a sprinkling of raisins. It comes in pots, which are personally tasted by Lord Gopinatha.

Amruta Keli, the delicious Khira Bhoga of Khirachora Gopinath Temple, Remuna, Balasore, Odisha

  • All these photos except the Amruta Keli are taken by Sangram Keshari Senapati.
  • The Amruta Keli photo is taken by Jagannath Panigrahi.
  • All these photos are shared under CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
  • And the contents of this blog are taken from English Wikipedia.
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8 Dec 2020

Nandinia Waterfall (Odia: ନନ୍ଦିନିଆ ଜଳପ୍ରପାତ) is located in Hindol of Dhenkanal district of Indian state Odisha. This waterfall is inside a jungle of Dhenkanal.

Nandinia - An Unexplored Waterfall of Hindol, Odisha

Nandinia Waterfall is located in Hindol of Dhenkanal district of Indian state Odisha. This waterfall is inside a jungle of Dhenkanal. There are no proper signboards to the place but locals would help you reach. Don’t miss this electric pole.

The electric pole indicating the wat towards Nandinia Waterafall of Hindol

The Nandinia Waterfall is around 100 kilometers from Bhubaneswar, the state capital of Odisha. This waterfall is located around 6 kilometers away on the left side of Amalapada Raymunda village of Hindol Sub-division. Since the waterfall is inside the forest, it's not easily approachable.

According to some legends, the king of Hindol Gadajat, Shree Nanda Mahadev went inside the jungle and met a saint inside a cave and the saint named that cave on the name of the king as Nandinia Cave (Odia: ନନ୍ଦିନିଆ ଗୁମ୍ଫା).

Bathing Scene of Nanidnia Waterfall of Hindol

As per some folk tales, one buffalo was searching for water and fallen into a ditch. At that time, lord Jagannath appeared and blessed the buffalo with water.

From that ditch, the waterfall started and the ditch is named Nandinia Kunda (Odia: ନନ୍ଦିନିଆ କୁଣ୍ଡ) and the waterfall Nandinia Waterfall. On every Chitalagi Amavashya, local people do worship to Lord Jagannath and chanting names.

On the way to Nandinia Waterfall from Sapua Dam

The surroundings of this waterfall are good for Picnic. So, people from places visit this place in the winter season, but the roads are not approachable to the waterfall and there is no proper guidelines and promotion about this place, so fewer people know about this place.

Art of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Maa Subhadra near Nandinia Waterfall, Hindol

There is an art of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra drawn inside the Nandinia Cave. When people visit the waterfall, they also visit Mahaprabhu there.

Nandinia - The unexplored waterfall of Odisha

About the Author:

Puspita Bhutia

Surajit Kumar Mishra, an Odia Technical professional, and a Biker, Blogger, and Vlogger by his passion. He uses to travel to different destinations from which some are famous and some are unexplored.

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N.B.: All these photo rights are reserved for the original author and before using any of it, please take the permission of him. And the content is translated from a Facebook post by Odisha Tourism. And thanks to Chandra Mohan Baral Bhai for the suggestions about this place.

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Dhamarai Temple, Bhadrak - ଧାମରାଇ ମନ୍ଦିର

The Dhamarai Temple (Odia: ଧାମରାଇ ମନ୍ଦିର) is a Hindu temple at Dhamara, a small coastal township, where the river Dhamra (Odia: ଧାମରା) meets the Bay of Bengal.

Maa Dhamarai Temple Side View

The place is around 60 to 70 kilometers from Bhadrak district headquarters in the eastern direction. Dhamara is surrounded by Chandbali in the West, Basudebpur in the North, Kalibhanjadia in the South, and Bay of Bengal in the East.

Dhamarai Temple, Bhadrak

There are a number of legends and folk tales regarding the deity Dhamarai and the temple of Maa Dhamarai.

According to one of the historical legends, one merchant namely Dhaneswar who often traded with the Singhalies (Srilanka) had brought a deity namely 'Pashana Mangala' from Srilanka and had established the same at Dhamara on his way back home. The said deity, later on, came to be known as MAA DHAMARAI.

Dhamarai Temple Entrance

According to one of the folktales, Maa Dhamrai had five sisters and were residing at a place called 'Satabhaya'. Her five sisters were carnivorous in contradiction to her being purely vegetarian, which had angered her sisters and they pushed her deep into the sea.

Floating on the water Maa Dhamarai came towards Chandinipala and is believed to have been caught in the fishing net of one Sanatana Dalai and Bulei Behera who had rescued her and started worshiping keeping her in their house.

Full View of Maa Dhamara Temple

Later on, it is believed that on the same night the queen of the then King of Kanika, Sailendra Narayan Bhanjadeo saw a dream wherein Maa Dhamarai ordered her to build a temple.

The Temple of Maa Dhamarai, Dhamara

The temple built by the then king Sailendra Narayan Bhanjadeo by the year 1953 got destroyed and the remains even were washed away into the sea.

Front View of Maa Dhamarai Temple

During the said period the people worshiped the deity keeping her inside a thatched roof house.

Maa Dhamarai Temple

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Rakta Tirtha Eram - ରକ୍ତତୀର୍ଥ ଇରମ

Rakta Tirtha Eram
(Odia: ରକ୍ତତୀର୍ଥ ଇରମ) is a small village in Bhadrak, Odisha which is also known as the second Jallianwala Bagh of India plays an important role in the history of the Indian Independence movement.

Eram Saheed Smruti Pitha

Eram is around 40 kilometers from Bhadrak and 8 kilometers from Basudevpur. On way to Eram, you have to go on Gabhei or Gamoi (Gamei) River, which played an important role during the Independence movement.

Gamei River on the way to Eram Massacre, Bhadrak, Odisha

Eram village was remote, inaccessible, and far from the cities. It's surrounded by the Bay of Bengal and two rivers named Gamoi and Kansbansa and thick jungles which makes the place was sleepy and silent to reach.

Ganesh Tripathy at Eram Massacre

From 1920, Eram was a secret place for Utkal Congress meetings, Gopabandhu Das, Harekrushna Mahatab, and other Congress leaders used Eram as a place for public meetings to share the messages about the Quit India Movement or Non-cooperation Movement of Mahatma Gandhi and to propagate the Gandhian ideals of freedom struggle among the villagers.

Rakta Tirtha Eram

On 1942 September 28, there was a huge gathering at Eram to protest against British Raj and to prepare a course plan of action to fight against the British. Under the leadership of Kamala Prasad Kar, a crowd of 5000 people gathered at Eram Melana ground.

Eram Massacre, Bhadra, Odisha - Free Image to use

Afraid of this gathering a police force from Basudebpur police station, led by DSP Kunjabihari Mohanty march towards Eram. As like Jaliyanawala Bagh here, DSP Kunjabihari Mohanty acted as General Dyer and opened fire on the huge gathering at 6:30 PM, within few minutes 304 shots were discharged against the crowd, who were performing the agitation against the British rulers in a peaceful way.

Eram Massacre, Bhadra, Odisha

Since the field was bounded on three sides, therefore, no one was able to get escape from the field. Within some minutes 29 persons were dead on the spot and 56 were injured.

Among the dead of Eram massacre includes one woman named Pari Bewa, who is regarded as the only lady martyr of Odisha. For this incident, Eram is popularly known as Rakta Tirtha Eram (The Pilgrim of Blood).

25 Nov 2020

Kalijai Temple (Odia: କାଳିଜାଈ ମନ୍ଦିର) is located on an island in Chilika Lake. It is considered to be the abode of the Goddess Kalijai. Goddess Kalijai is actually Kali, the source and the first 'Mahavidya' of 'Dasmahavidyas'.

Kalijai Temple in Chilika Lake, Odisha

Highly revered by the local populace, the deity has been venerated in the local folklore and legends. The island provides an excellent destination for pilgrims as well as tourists. Every year in January, a huge gala fair is held during the festival of Makar Sankranti.

Front view of Maa Kalijai Temple

Who is Kalijai?

Legend has it that a newly married girl named Jaai (Odia: ଜାଈ) along with her father was going to her in-law's house. As her in-law's house was on an island in Chilika Lake they had to take a boat to ferry them across the lake.

The view of Chilika from Kalijai Temple

Odisha's coast is very prone to Cyclones and during this boat trip they were encountered with a severe Cyclone, as a result, their boat was capsized in Chilika Lake. All the boatmen and her father survived this event except for the girl Jaai.

A view of Maa Kalijai Temple

They searched for her but were unable to locate her. After this accidental death of that newlywed girl, she became the Goddess of people residing nearby and till now, she is worshiped as an EXCERPT of Kali. And, this is how the place got its name.

Maa Kalijai Temple

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24 Nov 2020

The Sapua Dam (Odia: ସାପୁଆ ଡ୍ୟାମ୍ ବା ନଦୀବନ୍ଧ) is a small tourist destination in the Dhenkanal district of Odisha state in India. Sapua which means snake in Odia and the dam is curvy like a snake.

Sapua Dam, Dhenkanal, Odisha

The Sapua dam is around 81 kilometers from Bhubaneswar. After 75 kilometers from Bhubaneswar, you could find one broken board which shows the distance of 6 kilometers and the direction towards the Dam.

Way to Sapua Dam Dhenkanal

The roads to the dam are not that straight roads though, but you could enjoy the little curves in between. This dam is a small dam yet beautiful and it really looks like a Snake Face with an open mouth and cold sweat Face.

Portrait View of Sapua Dam, Dhenkanal, Odisha

Sapua Dam is an irrigation project situated in Nahada village in Dhenkanal district. The project is providing assured irrigation to 855 hectares in Kharif. The project is also facilitating pisciculture activities.

A visit to Sapuda Dam by Surajit Mishra

About the Author:

Puspita Bhutia

Surajit Kumar Mishra, an Odia Technical professional, and a Biker, Blogger, and Vlogger by his passion. He uses to travel to different destinations from which some are famous and some are unexplored.

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21 Nov 2020

Since Bhadrak is the neighboring district of Kendrapada, it's an entry point to Bhitarakanika. From Chandabali of Bhadrak district, you can enter the Bhitarakanika National Park.

Entry Point to Bhitarakanika

Bhitara Kanika (Odia: ଭିତର କନିକା) was under the jurisdiction of the erstwhile Kanika Estate. It is covered with deep mangrove forests and saline rivers and was declared a sanctuary on 21.04.1975.

A crocodile is sleeping in the swamp area of Bhitarkanika national park, odisha.
(Photo: Bibhu Dutta; Source: Wikimedia CommonsShared under CC BY-SA 4.0)

Facts of Bhitarakanika:

It is a world-famous place for natural crocodile breeding. Located in the estuarial region of Brahmani-Baitarani, in the northeastern place of Kendrapara districts, the national park covers an area of 672 sq km of mangrove forests and wetland.

Habalikhati Beach at Bhitarkanika
(Photo: Naveen Pattnaik; Source: Commons Wikimedia CC BY-SA 4.0)

Crossed by a thick network of brooks with the Bay of Bengal on the east, Bhitar Kanika is home to over 215 species of birds, including winter migratory birds from Europe and Central-Asia as the park provides a congenial atmosphere and serene, pollution-free environment, birds migrate thousands of miles to Bhitarkanika to escape the harsh winter in Ladakh, ManoSarovar, Himalayan region, Siberia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Northern Asia, and some central European countries.

A group of female 'Chitals' or "Spotted Deer" found grazing in the grasslands of Bhitarkanika National Park,Odisha.The species is sexually dimorphic ,as only the males bear antlers.
(Photo: Abhipsha Ray; Source: Commons Wikimedia CC BY-SA 4.0)

The area has designated as the second Ramsar Site of the state in August 2002. It is a unique area with rich biodiversity as it covers different ecosystems such as landmass, tidal water bodies of the deltaic region, estuaries, and territorial waters of the Bay of Bengal along with their associated flora and fauna.

Taken at Bhitarkanika National Park.
(Photo: Uday Kiran; Source: Commons Wikimedia CC BY-SA 4.0)

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17 Nov 2020

Sikharchandi Temple, a temple in Bhubaneswar, Odisha situated on Sikharachandi Hill near Chandaka Industrial Estate, Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar.

The Sikharchandi Hill covers around 250 acres and Maa six-handed Devi Sikharachandi maa is worshiping being there.

Sikharchandi Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

According to the legends of Ramayan, Lord Sriram with Laxman and Devi Sita came to this place to live during his Banabasa. Laxman used to worship Maa Durga here and Gajapati Mukundadeva rediscovered this place and then people are worshiping here.

Sikharchandi Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

According to another legend, the Pandavs were staying in a cave next to Sikharchandi Hill named Pandara Cave.
Sikharchandi Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

The Sikharchandi Temple is located at a distance of 2.5 kilometers from KIIT Square, Patia, Bhubaneswar. This place is accessible every time of the year. You could go through any motor vehicle to reach this place.

Sikharchandi Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

On top of the hill, there are some large elephant rocks where one can spend some time sitting there under a large number of trees. This place is good for hangout with friends and family also.

Here we have some good photos of the temple, the hill, and the hill-top taken by Manas Muduli.

Sikharchandi Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Sikharchandi Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Sikharchandi Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Sikharchandi Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Sikharchandi Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Sikharchandi Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

  • All these photographs are taken by Manas Muduli.
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