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Best Tourist Attraction Places to Visit in Western Orissa

Orissa is a great state. It is full of Culture, arts and literature. If you ever come to this state you will not desire to go back. Among all the places Western Orissa is full of Tourist places. It is like the blessings of Nature. Western Orissa is famous for its History associated with these tourist places. But due to the lack of publicity and transportation a few tourists are going to them. Now I am giving some best places to visit in Western Orissa. Hope, You will like them and take a tour to Western Orissa.

Ranipur and Jharial Village

Ranipur and Jharial are two great villages in Sambalpur District. These two villages are full ofOld historical things. At first a Britisher namedDavid Blair(1874 to 1876) brought these Historical places or things to public. According to him there were 120 temples at that place. But due to the lack of maintainability now only 50 temples are available. These temples are made with the cultures of regional kings. From these available temples, three important temples are "Chausathi Yogini Temple", "Someswar Temple", and "Indralat Temple". Where is Ranipur-Jharial Village: Ranipur-Jharial Village is located in Titlagad subdivision and it is far 32 km(South-west) from the Subdivision of Balangir District.

Chausathi Yogini Temple of Ranipur-Jharial Village

Chausathi Yogini" Temple was built by"Somabansi" kings. In eighth Century it was built for lord Shiv and for "Tantra Sadhana". At that time "Kalabhairabha" was worshiped here by "Machendranath". According to designs it is faced to East and Round without roof temple. The walls of this temple are 2.55 mtr.
The walls are divided into three types and all "Chausathi Yogini" are between the walls. At the middle of this temple there is a Dancing Shiv with three heads and eight hands. It is the most attractive point for tourists. At the foot of "Chausathi Yogini" temple there is a temple for "Lord Ganesh". All the "Yoginis" of this temple are 1 mtr high and made with sand stone. Now a days "Chausathi Yogini" temple of "Ranipur-Jharial" is a half lived temple and People are not worshiping any god. But still it attracts tourists. Due to the lack of proper advertisement and bad transportation people are unable to find its importance.
Where is "Chausathi Yogini" Temple: "Chausathi Yogini" temple is located 32 km from "Kantabanji" and at the right side of "Tonga" river which is 5km far from "Bangomunda".

Nrusinghanath Temple of Western Orissa

Nrusinghanath" temple is located in "Gandhamardan" hill which is famous in "Ramayan". According to Chin Tourist Huansang there was a Budhist Universitynamed "Parimalagiri". The 16km hill is now tells more things about its history. In fifteenth century "Nrusinghanath" temple was built by "King Baijal Dev" according to Orissa Culture.

This temple attracts more Tourists, Historians for its best historical places. On this hill there are many Ayurvedic trees and grasses, for this there is a Ayurveda College is made.

Best Place Harisankar Temple

Harisankar temple is located at the opposite side of "Gandhamardan Hill". It was made in 16th century and the combination of Lord Bishnu(Hari) and Lord Shiv(Sankar) is named as "b>Harisankar".It is famous for its location and natural beauty.

Lord Bishnu(Hari) and Lord Shiv(Sankar) are worshiped here together. The ever flowing streams in "Harisankar" attracts Devotees for taking holy bath and attracts Youths for Picnic and Photographers for Capturing the natural beauty. In summer days "Harisankar" is a best place for visiting.

Hirakud Dam

Hirakud Dam is located 10 km from Sambalpur Town and it is 25 km long which is the longest dam on a river. Hirakud Dam is a combination of earth, concrete and rods. The main dam is located between "Chandili Dunguri" and "Lamba Dunguri" which is 4/8 km long. The other sides from main dams are 21 km long. A lot of water of Hirakud Dam brings great peace in mind. There is a sanctuary near Hirakud Dam. The concrete used is Hirakud Dam can make a 8 mtr wide concrete road from "Kashmir" to "Kanyakumari".At the early stage of making Hirakud Dam the people of Sambalpur opposed it, cause many villages would be drowned. At that time a Engineer named "Rangeiya" who was working as chief engineer in "Maysore" told that this dam could not stop the flood water. Due to the dam 249 villages drowned and 30,000 families leaved their home but still Hirakud Dam is developing western Orissa.

The Amazing Huma bending Temple

Huma temple is located 30 km from Sambalpur City and it is at the combination point of "Mahanadi" and "Dhulijhor" river. The famous Lord Bimaleswar is the main god of Huma temple. For the natural beauty it attracts more photographers, Devotees and Scientists. Every year "Mahashivratri" is observed here very widely and Huma temple turns to a busy place. The amazing and important part of the temple is , the Huma temple is turned slightly to a side. But due to the lack of research the story behind this cannot be published. "Chouhan King Balaram"(1575-1595) started to make this temple and "King Baliyar Singh" (1617-1657) ended this work. The king donated 7 villages to Brahmans for worshiping the god. Besides the main temple there is a "Bhairavi temple", a "Jagannath temple", "Arun Stambha" and a "Kapileswar temple" is also there. All these also looks like bending. At the river side there is a place named "Machindra Ghat". In this place a lot of "Jude" fishes eats food from the hands of devotees. This is a great place for Swimming and boating.

Pradhanpat Area

Pradhanpat is located in Deogarh District. This amazing place is located 100 km far from Sambalpur City. There are many big streams in this place and Pradhanpat is famous for them. One cannot realize the beauty and happy moments without seeing this place in own eye.

These were the best places from Western Orissa so make a tour to these place and see the Heaven in Earth.

Koilighugar Waterfall

The Koilighugar Waterfall, around 200 ft (61 m) in height, is in the Lakhanpur, near the village Kushmelbahal. The waterfall is in a rivulet named Ahiraj which originates from the 'Chhuikhanch' forest. After the waterfall, the rivulet flows westwards to merge into the Mahanadi river. It is a picturesque beauty spot with its sylvan backdrop.

Inside the fall there is a Shivalingam known as Maheswarnath. The lingam is submerged in water and is not ordinarily visible. For the benefit of the pilgrims, another Shivalingam has been created outside the waterfall.

Koilighugar has an annual fair on the occasion of Sivaratri.

Samaleswari Temple

Samaleswari Temple is a Hindu temple in Sambalpur, Western Odisha, Indiadedicated to the goddess known as 'Maa', also known among the natives assamalei maa, meaning Mother Samaleswari. Shree Shree Samaleswari, the presiding deity of Sambalpur, is a strong religious force in western part of Odisha and Chhattisgarh state of India. On the bank of the river Mahanadi the mother goddess Samaleswari is worshipped from ancient times as Jagatjanani, Adishakti, Mahalaxmi and Mahasaraswati. The region in which the temple is situated has a rich cultural heritage. Sambalpur region is popularly known as Hirakhanda from ancient times. Ptolemy has described the place as Sambalak, according to Tavernir, the French traveller, and Edward Gibbon, the English historian, diamonds were exported to Rome from Sambalpur.
Samaleswari Temple is a Hindu temple in Sambalpur, Western Odisha, Indiadedicated to the goddess known as 'Maa', also known among the natives assamalei maa, meaning Mother Samaleswari. Shree Shree Samaleswari, the presiding deity of Sambalpur, is a strong religious force in western part of Odisha and Chhattisgarh state of India. On the bank of the river Mahanadi the mother goddess Samaleswari is worshipped from ancient times as Jagatjanani, Adishakti, Mahalaxmi and Mahasaraswati. The region in which the temple is situated has a rich cultural heritage. Sambalpur region is popularly known as Hirakhanda from ancient times. Ptolemy has described the place as Sambalak, according to Tavernir, the French traveller, and Edward Gibbon, the English historian, diamonds were exported to Rome from Sambalpur.
She is worshiped with a great care and devotion by the natives in her temple, famously known as the samaleswari temple. Among the varieties of festivalsobserved before the goddess throughout the year three festivals are observed prominently. The first two are navaratra puja during the months of March and April and during the months of September and October. Among these twonavaratra pujas (nine days continuous worship of the goddess) the second one is observed with a great splendour and devotion. The third festival which is said to be the chief festival of the whole western Orissa (sambalpur) region isnuakhai. In this festival the farmers offer the first produce from their lands to the goddess before using it for his personal use.

Debrigarh Wildlife Senctuary

Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary in Bargarh district, Odisha, India. Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary, an important site for in-situ conservation of wildlife and its habitat in the state of Odisha is home to an immense array of biodiversity, over 40 species of mammals, 234 species of birds, 41 species of reptiles, 12 species of amphibians, 42 species of fishes, 39 species of odonates, 85 species of butterflies and 38 species of spiders and extremely important in the national context because of significant population of Schedule-I species like Leopard, Indian Gaur and Four-horned Antelope. The fauna includes Indian leopard, Indian elephant, sambar, chital, and gaur. The sanctuary is fringed on the east and north by the huge man-made water body of Hirakud reservoir, thus forming one of the select few sanctuaries in the state supporting both terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity; which further attracts a significant number of migratory waterfowl during winter; and also this Wildlife Sanctuary is home to over 250 plant species, many of which have ethno-botanical and medicinal value; Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary as Eco-sensitive Zone from ecological and environmental point of view and to prohibit industries or class of industries and their operations and processes in the said Eco-sensitive Zone;

Maa Ghanteshwari Temple

Maa Ghanteshwari temple is a temple in the vicinity of Sambalpur city in Orissa, India. As the name suggests there are bells everywhere.[1] People offer bells to goddess Ghanteswari or the Deity of Bells, after fulfillment of their wishes. A large number of pilgrims from across the state visit the temple. It is known as the 'lighthouse without light', built by the early sailors, for whom the bells served as warning against heavy winds. The special significance of this place lies in the great number of small bells hanging all around.

Maa Ghanteshwari Temple is situated 33 kilometres (21 mi) southwest of the district capital Sambalpur on the bank of Mahanadi River. The Chipilima Hydro Powerplant (CHEP) is located near the temple on the same river bank.