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

8 Dec 2020

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

  • Content Source: English Wikipedia
  • All these photographs are taken by Manas Muduli.
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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

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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)

- Content Souce: Bhadrak District Adminstration

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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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  • All these photographs published with his permission and if you have to reuse any of these photos, then take the permission of the original photographer.

16 Oct 2020

Maa Dandakali Temple

Maa Dandakali is a part of Adishakti Maa Mahakali. The temple of Maa Danda Kali at Khantapada is situated near NH16. It's around 18 kilometers from Balasore District Headquarters.

Top view of Dandakali Temple Khantapada - Balasore

The temple is on the left side if you are going towards Balasore, just after the Khantapada Market and around 2 kilometers before the Sergarh Toll Plaza.

Maa Danda Kali Temple Balasore

You could reach this place traveling on Roads or else could reach from the nearest local Railway Station, Khantapada, or the Town railway station, Balasore.

Bhoga Store near Dadakali Temple Balasore

There are some small shops to buy some puja items like Coconut, Diya, Banana, flowers, etc. for Maa Danda Kali.

Side view of Dandakali Temple Khantapada - Balasore

There is also a Bhoga Mandap of Maa Danda Kali, where the temple administration provides Prasad to the Devotees.

Couldy Radhakrushna Jew Temple Balasore

Radha-Krushna Jew is the nearest temple to Maa Dandakali Temple. It's situated in the left-back side of the Danda Kali Temple.

Radhakrushna Jew Temple Balasore

Though the place is near NH16, but the Radha-Krisha Jew temple is used quite and clam. People could rest there during summer-time also.

Full view of Radhakrushna Jew Temple Balasore

Radhakrushna Jew Temple Khantapada

* I'm Sangram Keshari Senapati, written this blog, and all these photos are taken by me on my RedMI Note 5 Pro Mobile. 
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10 Oct 2020

Gandahati Waterfall - Popular fall in Gajapati District

Gandahati Waterfall is one of the popular waterfalls of the Gajapati district, in Southern Odisha, India. This waterfall is located on the Mahendratanaya River.

Gandahati Waterfall is about 30 km from Paralakhemundi and 153 km far from Berhampur. The nearest railway station is Paralakhemundi and Palasa, which is 44 km from Parlakhemundi. The rainy season is the best time to visit this place.

Gandahati Waterfall - best waterfall in Gajapati District
Gandahati waterfall is one of the best tourist places in the Gajapati District, which has been attracting a large number of visitors during winter as well as in the rainy season.

This place can be reached by Bus or by any vehicle through road but by train, one can reach either Palasa or Paralakhemundi and from there, only by road you could reach the falls.

Gandahati Waterfall clicked by Udayan Sarathi
As you go to falls, you would find it covered with dense forest all around. You need to cross small villages on the way to the falls. The nearest waterfall is Godgoda Waterfall.

This waterfall is famous for the glittering waterfall that has a consistent water flow throughout the year. Its scenic beauty amidst forest cover has been attracting visitors from all the nearby areas.

Gandahati Waterfall - Popular waterfall in Gajapati District
Photo: Dsrimagination

  • All this information is taken from English Wikipedia and the Gajapati District Administration website.
  • All these photographs are published here with all required permission from the original photographer.
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Beautiful Photo of Gandahati Watefall
Photo: Nandan
Video by: V. Adhikari

27 Sept 2020

Khandagiri Caves on 2020 World Tourism Day
Khandagiri Caves have archaeological, historical, and religious importance near the city of Bhubaneswar in Odisha, India. These caves are partly natural and partly artificial.

These caves are situated on two adjacent hills, Udayagiri and Khandagiri, mentioned as Kumari Parvata in the Hathigumpha inscription. Formerly, these caves are called as Kattaka Caves or Cuttack caves.

Khandagiri on World Touris Day
There are a number of finely and ornately carved caves built during the 1st century BCE. It is believed that most of these caves were carved out as residential blocks for Jaina monks during the reign of King Kharavela.

Bhubaneswar Khandagiri Cave on World Tourism Day
The Khandagiri hills fall on your left side when you enter into this area from Bhubaneswar. There are 15 caves in Khandagiri. These caves were renovated during the reign of Uddyotakeshari of the Somavamshi dynasty.

Khandagiri Cave on World Tourism Day
On this World Tourism Day, one of our journalist friend Bhabani Prasad Das had clicked some beautiful photos of the Khandagiri Caves. During this lockdown, nobody was there, the place was empty.

- All these photos are taken by Bhabani Prasad Das sir and published here with his permission.

- And all these contents are taken from English Wikipedia.

19 Sept 2020

Beauty of Gundicha Ghai Waterfall in Rainy Season

Gundicha Ghai Waterfall
is a beautiful waterfall in Keonjhar District. You could enjoy the scenic beauty of the waterfall in the Rainy Season.

Previously, we had shared a blog as, Gundichaghai Waterfall in Summer where we have shared a little bit of information and some really beautiful photos of the Gundichaghai waterfall.

Attractive View of Gundicha Ghai Waterfall

This time we got a chance to share the photos of Dr. Biswajeet Mishra who recently in 2020 visited Ashok Jhar waterfall and traveled to Gundicha Ghai Via Duburi Road. On their way, they have also visited the Remal Dam.

Attractive View of the Entrance of the Gundicha Ghai Waterafall

This waterfall is situated around 55 kilometers from Keonjhar district headquarters. The waterfall is about 50 ft. high on the river Mudala which is being situated amidst the lush green forest.

Beautiful Gundicha Ghai Waterfall

Dr. Biwajeet was traveling from Duburi, so he traveled via Tamka, Bhagamunda, Harichandanpur. You could enjoy one of the best scenic views on this route.

The Roar of Gundicha Ghai Waterfall

On the road from Harichandanpur to Ghatagaon, the Gundicha Ghai Waterfall is about 7 kilometers from the main road. And if you come from the Ghatagaon, then it's exactly 14 kilometers from the Tarini Temple.

Bridge near Gundicha Ghai

Gundicha Ghai waterfall is a huge one, especially during the rainy season. Now, they have built a new staircase leading to the waters. But it's better to avoid going near the water during the rainy season. It's too scary.

Beautiful View of Gundicha Ghai Waterfall Kenonjhar

Landscape view of Gundicha Ghai in Rainy Season

* All these photographs are taken by Dr. Biswajeet Mishra and we have published here with all his permissions.

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