Showing posts with label Odisha Tourism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Odisha Tourism. Show all posts

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.

6 Feb 2020

Indrabati Dam (In Odia: ଇନ୍ଦ୍ରାବତୀ ଡ୍ୟାମ୍/ବନ୍ଧ) is a gravity dam on the Indravati River a tributary of Godavari. It's about 90 kilometers from Bhawanipatna, Kalahandi in the state of Odisha in India.

It is connected to the main Indravati reservoir via 4.32 km long and 7 m dia headrace tunnel designed for a discharge capacity of 210 cumecs and terminating in a surge shaft. The height of the Dam is 45 meters which is 148 ft and the length is 539 meters and 1,768 in ft.

Prior to 1947 Late HH Maharaja PK Deo had already envisioned the project and played a pivotal role afterward. The main purpose of the dam was Hydroelectricity and irrigation. The project was operating and maintaining by the Government of Odisha and Water Resources Department. The dam was completed in the year of 1996.

* All these photographs are taken by Liman and shared with his pemission.
* Follow his on Twitter: @ChandrakarLiman
* And all the information are taken from Wikipedia.

28 Jan 2020

Joranda Mela (Odia: ଯୋରନ୍ଦା ମେଳା) is a three days fair celebrated at Joranda Mahima Gadi by the monks of Mahima Dharma. The mela started from the Magha Purnima which is also known as Aghira Purnima in Odisha.

Magha is the 10th month of the year according to Odia calendar which starts from Makara Sankranti in the mid of January. So, this festival is celebrated in January or February according to the Georgian Calendar.

Joranda Gadhi is a temple in the Dhenkanal district in Odisha. It's built on a location where three villages Joranda, Natima, and Patna met. The temple is dedicated to the supreme lord. The followers of Mahima dharma worship him as Sunya Brahma or the shapeless lord.

This festival is the biggest festival of Mahima Dharma, where lots of people use to come to this place from different parts of India. This festival is also known as the Mahima Mela.

Mahima Swami or Mahima Gosein (Odia: ମହିମା ଗୋସେଇଁ) is the founder of this Mahima religion. After his death in 1283, this festival is being celebrated at Mahima Gadi, the cremation place of Mahima Gosain.

The Mahima Sanyasis use to arrange a big Yagnya or Havan for World Peace (ବିଶ୍ୱ ଶାନ୍ତି) and offers ghee to the Haven Kund by reciting "Mahima Alekha".

* All these photographs are taken by Tarani Trotter and placed here with his permission.

26 Jan 2020

The Biraja Temple (Odia: ଓଡ୍ଡ୍ୟାଣ ପୀଠ or ବିରଜା ମନ୍ଦିର) is a historic Hindu Shakti temple located in Jajpur. It's about 125 kilometers or 78 miles on the north side of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. According to our history, the present temple was built during the 13th century.

The main idol of this Temple is Devi Durga, who is worshiped as Viraja or Girija. It's considered as one of the oldest Shakti Pitha in Odisha. As per the name Biraja, the place is called as Biraja Kshetra or Biraja Pitha.

The idol has two hands which people say Dwibhuja. With one hand, spearing the chest of Mahishasura and pulling his tail with the other. One of her feet is on a lion, and the other is on Mahishasura's chest. Mahishasura is depicted as a water buffalo.

The idol's crown features Ganesha, a crescent moon and a lingam. The temple covers a large area and has several shrines to Shiva and other deities. According to the Skanda Purana, it cleanses pilgrims, and it is called the Viraja or the Biraja kshetra.

On Triveni Amavasya or on the Magha Amabasya, the birth anniversary of Maa Biraja is celebrated at the Place. A number of devotees use to visit maa Biraja on this day.

* All the photos are taken by Parsuram Sahoo and his friends.
* All these data are taken from English Wikipedia.

4 Jan 2020

Dhanu Jatra is the biggest open-air theatrical performance in the world celebrated in Bargarh, Odisha in India. It's celebrated for 11 days long around the Bargarh town.

The main theme of this theatrical performance is based on the story of Lord Krishna and his uncle Kansa. But the difference is, here Krushna is not the lead character, Kansa is in the lead role.

The theatre is an 8-kilometer radius area around the Bargarh municipality where the visitors and guests also played a character in the drama. During the celebration, the Kansa rules the city and he usually calls the officers from various departments and also punishes them for their faults. He uses to visit the whole city by sitting on an elephant.

The person who plays the Kansa Character always takes care of his appearance. While he plays his devil character on the pandal, he appears like a real Devil and while interacting with people, he appears like a loveable character for the children and the dignity on the face like a real king.

To relate the character with that real character he uses to appear like him with big mustaches, in the way it's described by our forefathers in our ancient books. He puts some different makeup on his face to appear like a real devil.

Apart from these real things, he also plays the old ancient drama of Dhanu Jatra which includes the Gopa Leela of Krishna and his plans to kill Lord Krishna. During the celebration, the whole city turns into Mathura Puri and Gopa Pura. The river Jeera turns into the Yamuna river.

The whole story shows how Kansa rules over the Mathura Nagari and how he fears his nephew Krishna. On one side he rules like a good King and on the other side, he plans to kill Krishna.

The main story of the play starts with the marriage of Devaki and Basudev. After the marriage, Kansa hears about his death by the 8th child of Devaki. So, he put both of them in a prison and started killing one by one baby from Devaki. But Basudev replaces the 8th child with the child of Nanda Raja and Yasoda.

But unfortunately, Kansa comes to know about the originality of the 8th Child from the daughter of light, the baby from Nanda and Yasoda. So, he plans to kill Krishna in Gopapura.

Kansa sends Demons like Putana and others to kill Kanha. But unfortunately, everyone fell to kill him. Krushna and Balaram kill all the demons sent by Kansa.

Krishna plays with his friends, makes love with Radha near the Yamuna River. The whole place becomes like Gopapuri and the Gopies come to sell Dahi in the market. People who use to go there as visitors also buy Dahi from them.

During the drama, the whole place becomes like the exact Mathura and Gopapura. You could imagine about a time machine which may leave you in that ear of Kanha. The visitors also play with Kanha, they worship Kanha in this avatar.

The child, who plays the role of Kanha appears like real Kanha with blue in color wearing yellow dresses or Khandua Pata, the favorite dress of Lord Jagannath plays the flute seeks everybody's attention towards him.

According to our ancient story, Dhanu Yatra was organized by Kansa to kill Kanha at Mathura. So with the help of Akrura, he invited Krushna and Balaram to Mathura, but Krishna had killed Kansa there. 

It's said that the people of Bargarh reformed a new crew for this play in 1948 to celebrate the independence of India. By killing Kansa, it shows the defeat of the end of colonial rules.

- All these photographs are taken by Ansuman Rath and Tarani Trotter.
- You could follow Tarani Sir @TaraniTrotter and Ansuman sir @_AnsumanRath on Twitter.
- Most of the information are taken from Wikipedia as sources.
- And all the photographs are published here with the permission of the original photographer. If you are willing to reuse them, then please take the permission of the Photographers directly.

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