Saturday, March 30, 2013

Huma Temple - Leaning Temple of Huma - Sambalpur - Odisha

Huma Temple:

Huma Temple, the leaning temple of orissa, 23 km from Sambalpur, Huma a village situated on the left bank of the Mahanadi, is famous for the Leaning temple dedicated to Lord Siva, which was built in the reign of Baliar Singh, the 5th Raja of Chauhan Dynasty of Sambalpur.

According to legend, there was a milkman who used to cross the Mahanadi every day, to worship Lord Shiva. He used to offer milk to the rock idol of Shiva, which consumed the milk every day. The presiding diety is Bimaleswar Siva.

The leaning temple of Orissa  known is for its unique structure that tilts to one particular direction while its subsidiary temples tilt towards other direction. And within the temple complex i.e. within the boundaries of temple, everything found to be in tilted condition including the boundaries. No satisfactory explanation to this extra ordinary phenomena is available till now.However with the kind of tendencies it displays, the tempke could well be India’s own version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

The most visited day of this temple is the Shivratri, when a large number of devotees come here for offering milk to the idol of Lord Shiva, present in this temple.

The special type of fish found here are called as 'Kudo' fish. They are said to be so tame that they will eat sweets and other foods from the hands of those who bathe close to the temple. During auspicious days they are called by their names and given the 'prasad' of the God. Here nobody tries to catch them as they are believed to be the assets of the God.

Maa Ghanteswari Temple - Chiplima - Sambalpur - Odisha

Maa Ghanteswari Temple:

Maa Ghanteswari Temple is situated 33 km south-west of Sambalpur, on the banks of River Mahanadi. Maa Ghanteswari's Temple is one of the most holiest and beautiful places in Sambalpur. As the name indicates, there are bells (Ghanti) everywhere. People offer bell to Maa after their fulfilment of their wishes. A large number of pilgrims visit this place every day from across the state. This is also a very famous picnic spot. The specialty of this temple area is, thousands of bells hanging all around, the only place of its kind in Orissa. Maa Ghanteswari's Temple is located at 33 kms south-west of Sambalpur and on the bank of river Mahanadi. It was playing an important role for navigation in the past. It was called a light house without light! The place got its name from goddess Ghanteswari.

Earlier there were some big size bells on this spot and with the help of wind those were creating enormous sound which made the navigators aware of this treacherous spot and they never came near it. This area being the conglomeration of three streams of water of river Mahanadi, the water current here is very treacherous forming a whirlpool. Due to this many boats were drowned while nearing this spot. Here the wind blows quite heavily and with the help of it the bells were producing sound. Now after the construction of Hirakud dam, this spot has become safer.

With Maa Ghanteswari Temple, a very nice and beautiful dam is also here named Chiplima Dam. Chiplima is known for a natural fall (24.38 mts. In height) harnessed for generating electricity. The place has gained prominence as the second Hydro-Electric Project of the Hirakud Dam.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Baba Baneswar Temple - Bonaigarh- Bonai - Rourkela - Sundergarh

Baba Baneswar Temple:

Lord Baneswar Temple is situated in the Bank of River Brahmani. The river Brahmani flows northward caressing the Temple and making the place sacred to thousands of devotees from far and near.

This temple is more than 1000 years old. This temple name cames from a Demon Banasur. Banasur is a demon whose capital is Bonai. He is a famous Shavism. Once he please Lord Shiva and Lord Shiva gives a Linga of his Jyotirlinga (Kashi Biswanath).


Thus this Shiva Linga is named as per that demon. In Maha shivratri, lakhs of devotees come here. This is also a picnic spot of local people. But only vegeterian allowed here.


You can see a lot of 1000 years old scluptures inside temple premises. The main Shiva Linga is divided in 2 types, left side represents Shiva and right side represents Parvati (Shakti).

32 Besha (Costumes) of Lord Jagannath

Abakasha Besha:

On each and every day, the Abakash Besha Of Sri Lord Jagannath is made soon after completetion of Mangala Arati & Mailam. The schedule time of this Besha is between 6 AM to 6:30 AM . The morning brushing of teeth and procedure of bathing of deities is known as Abakash. This Besha also known as Tadapa Uttari Besha.

Adakiya Besha:

This Besha is observed on 14th day of Kartika Sukla fortnight in every year. The Deities are adorned with golden crowns on their heads and different types of bids.

Bada Shrungar Besha: 

This besha is observerd on every day at about 10:30 pm in accordance with record right of Jagannath Temple. Deities are decorated with flower/ This besha has been observed in 12 century B.C .

Baman Besha:

Baman is the fifth incarnation of Lord Bishnu. Bhadrav sukla dwadasi is the birth day of Charming Baman. Lord Jagannagth is decorated as Baman with all Brahmin shymbols such as umbrella, Gadu, Kusa etc. Puspalaka attendants have decorated Sri Jagannath in a style that the Lord seen as a Baman. 21 thype of golden ornaments are used in this Besha.

Bankachuda Besha: 

On the 12th bright fortnight of Kartika this besha being adorned. It is said that when Akrura visit Srikrisna to return back to Gopa, he had the darshn Srikrishna in this besha and in memory of that this besha is being adorned.

Dalikia Besha: 

 This besha is observed on 14th day of Kartika Sukla fortnight in every year. The Deities are adorned with golden crowns on their heads and different types of bids.

Thiakia Besha: 

On Kartik sukla Ekadasi , the deities are dressed in royal manner as Sri Visnu and Lakshmi. the other name of this Besha is Laxmi Narayan Besha. Lord Jagannath as dressed as Visnu with Sankha and Chakra and Lord Balavadra with bow and arrow and Maa Subhadra appears with hands and legs and sits like a queen.

Dola Purnami Suna Besha: 

This Besha is observed on Dola Purnima in each year also known as Raja Rajeswar Besha. This besha is as like as Suna vesha on the Chariot in front of Lions gate of Sri Mandir. This bhesha is mostly liked by the local kings of Orissa and they used to donate different golden ornaments bejwelled with valuable stones. The deities are decorated with 23rd type of golden ornaments.

Radha Damodar Besha: 

 On each year from Aswina Ekadasi to Kartik Dasami for one month, this Besha is observed on each day. On mythological belief reveals that while Akrura the emissary of Kansa taking Krushna and Balaram to Mathura took a bath in River Jamuna. Akrura saw this besha crossed dress materials at the time of under water. In this besha the deities wearing tri crossed dress materials at the time of besha. They adorned with Golden hands, Crowns made of bamboo plates and velvet clothing.

Chandana Laggi Besha: 

On every day the deities adorned with Chandana laggi Besha after evening Dhupa, schedule time of this Besha is 10 P.M . The attendants apply Chandan (Sandal Paste) on the body of the deities. During this besha, the other attendant also present with sticks in their hands as a rite and offers betel to the deities.

Krishna Balaram Besha: 

This Besha is celebrated on the 13th day of the month of Vadraba. This is a very attractive Besha in which Balavadra represents younger brother to Krishna and Subhadra as sister. The deities are offered evening alati on this Besha.

Chacheri Besha: 

On each year from Phalguna Sukla Dashami to Chaturdasi for five days, the deities are decorated with Chacheri Besha. This besha commences during mid day. Fist the sandal paste applied on the bodies of deities. Special quality of cloths namely Bairani & Madhabali etc. are offered to Deities. The deities adorned with four ear rings locally called it “KUNDAL’ and two Tadagis. After that Goddesses namely Sridevi and Bhudevi go to south cabin.

Shradha Besha: 

 This besha is observed on 14th day of dark fortnight of Margasir Month. In accordance with Hindu culture, Sri Jagannath himself offers shradha Tarpan to their parents such as Dasarath, Nanda, Basudev . During Shradha Sri Jagannath is decorated with this Besha. On this days He offers light (deepa) to King Indradyumna who built the temple as per legend. On this occasion Sri Jagannath wears 27 feet long cloth, Balavadra 21 feet long cloth and Subhadra 18 feet long cloth. Their heads are covered with Sirikapada (a special form of cloth). This Besha is observed before chandan lagi.

Kaliya Dalana Besha: 

Every year this Besha is observed on the day of Bhadrav Krushna Ekadasi. This Besha is being celebrated to commemorate how Krushna controlled the proud Kaliya, the multi hooded snake residing in Kalandi, lake at the bank of river Jamuna and forced him to quite the lake along with his family . A huge snake is built (30 feet) long for the Besha purpose. The hood of the snake placed at the feet of Sri Jagannath at the time Besha . This Besha is continued till completion of Sandhya Dhupa.

Suna Besha: 

Suna Besha Observed five times during a year. Generally the besha happen on Bijaya Dashami ( October ), Kartik Purnima ( November ) Pausa Purnima ( December ) Magha Purnima ( January ) & Asadha Ekadashi ( July ) . The last Besha is observed on the chariot in front of Temple, other four Besha are observed in temple on Ratana Singhasana. The Gods are decorated with various gold ornaments during Besha. The total weight of the Ornaments are more than 100kgs.

Pralambasura Badha Besha: 

This Besha is celebrated on Bhadrav Krushna Dwadasi in every year. This Besha commence after completion of noon Bhoga (Madhyan). This besha is a memorial to Killing of Demon Pralamba by God Balaram during incarnation of Krushna. This Besha is made on Balavadra only while Jagannath & Subhadra remain in general form.

Nagarjuna Besha: 

This besha is observed during Kartik month occasionally when Panchuka (last five days of Kartika month) observed as six days instead of five. As per mythological information , this besha is celebrated in commemoration of killing of Sahashrarjuna by Parsuram or battle between Aurjua and his son Nagarjuna . The deities adorned with golden hands, Legs bids and weapons made of Gold.

Gajananna Besha:

On Snana Purnima tithi, the bathing ceremony of the deities is observed on the Snanavedi. Thereafter, the deities are dressed like Ganesa who bears the head of an elephant. Lord Jagannath and Balabhadra appear like Ganesa or black and white elephants respectively.

Naba Jaubana Besha:

Immediately after the day of Snana Purnima, the deities remain secluded for 15 days. On the eve of the Ratha Yatra they are gorgeously dressed and decorated and give darsan to the visitors. They put on very charming robes and look like persons at the commencement of their youth.

Banabhoji Besha:

It is done on Bhadraba Krishna Dasami (the 10th day of the dark fortnight in Bhadraba). The deities are dressed like cowherd boys, as if they are going to attend a picnic.

 Bankachuda Besha:

This besha is done on Kartika Sukla Dwadasi tithi (the 12th day of the bright fortnight in Kartika). This is similar to that of Lakshmi-Narayana besha with addition of golden headgear.

Ghodalagi Besha:

During the period from Margasira Sukla Sasthi tithi (the 6th day of the bright fortnight in Margasira) to Magha Sukla Panchami tithi (the 5th day of the bright fortnight in Magha i.e. Basanta Panchami), deities wear winter clothes.

Padma Besha:

Padma means lotus and the dress materials for this besha are made of lotus flowers, which are traditionally supplied by the Badachhata Matha. This flower appear on earth from this month onwards. It is believed that the deities are dressed with this besha in order to perpetuate the memory of a devotee who had brought the lotus flowers from a long distance to decorate the deities. Pudding is offered to the deities when they are in this besha. It is done on any Saturday or Wednesday between the new moon day of Magha and Basanta Panchami.

Gaja Uddharana Besha:

This besha is done on Magha Purnami tithi. This besha depicts a story in the Puranas as to how Bishnu saved a helpless elephant from the clutches of a crocodile. At one time in the past, a crocodile attacked an elephant. Finding no other way out to save his life, the helpless creature implored the mercy of Bishnu. His prayer moved Bishnu to compassion and the latter hurled his chakra to cut the attacking alligator into pieces. Jagannath who is identified with Bishnu wears this besha.

Raghunatha Besha:

This Besha is observed in the month of Chaitra (March-April). In this Besha, Lord Shree Jagannatha is dressed like Shree Rama and holds a bow and an arrow. Laxman, Bharat, Satrughan, Hanuman and other figures made out of solapith and wooden twigs are displayed on the Ratnasinghashan. It is observed in remembrance of Shree Rama, who is an incarnation of Lord Bishnu. This Besha has been discontinued since last hundred years.

Tahiyalaggi Besha:

This besha observed during Rath Yatra Time. Lord Shree Jagannath  wears a crown (Called as Tahiya).

Nabank Besha:

At evening time the deities wear garlands made of Basil leaves. The dresses are long cloth with red colored border.Similar colored clothes are folded to form a turban like robe over their heads. This adornment of the Lord Jagannath is supposed to have been started by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and is taken by the Lord for one day i.e the previous day of the Makar Sankranti.

Pausa Abhisekh Besha:

The installation of the Triad Deities in the temple complex is believed to have been done on the full moon day of the month of Pausa (Dec-Jan). The Pausa Abhisek is done to commemorate the occasion.The deity appears like a regal emperor in full pomp attired in golden robes and garlands of different flower.

Sennapatta Lagi Besha:

Sakala Dhupa Besha:

Makara Chourasi Besha:

Jhulana Sandhya Besha:

Giri Gobardhana Besha:

Champajharan - Bluestone - Deodhar - Birtola - Darjing Picnic Area Near Rourkela

A very beautiful place. Nature at its best I can say. The both side of champajharan is high hill and surrounded by high trees, the sunlight hardly comes to the soil.

This place is a charming one, currently a very popular picnic spot. A small but beautiful Bandevi Temple is also here.


A small stream from near hills flows through this area, knows as Champa Jhar , from this stream , this place name came.


This place is 30kms from Rourkela.

This place is paradise for nature lover. This place is also known as Barghat.

A small stream flow this area. This place is on the National Highway, surrounded with trees, hills.


The stones in the streams are Deep Blue in color, that why this place name is Bluestone.


 This place is ideal for picnic. This place is 36kms from Rourkela.


Nature, beauty and scene, if you want to see all these 3 things at a same place, then this place is ideal for you.


This is on the bank of River Brahmani. This is a gorge on River Brahmani. Swimming is strictly prohibited in this area as water undercurrent is very high.


So whenever you go to this place for PICNIC /OUTING keep in mind not to go in deep water.


The whole place is surrounded by forest, big trees. This place is calm and full of peace.


The natural scenery of this area cannot be described, only you can understand by coming to this area.


This is a very popular picnic spot. This place is 41kms from Rourkela.


This place is near bank of River Brahmani. A very beautiful Shiva Temple situated here, named Bireswar Temple.


This place is very good for picnic and outing. This place is full of stones, which makes this area more beautiful.


The whole area is surrounded by high trees. The next side of River Brahmani is a high hill, which adds more beauty to this place. This place is 44kms from Rourkela.


 Darjing is a very famous picnic spots on the bank of River Brahmani. This place is full of high trees and sands and stones.


This place is ideal for bathing, outing and fishing. This is such a beautiful place where you will see a lot of rocks inside the river.


River is quite wide and was in full flow during Monsoons. The river belt and the natural environment surrounding the rivers are exquisitely beautiful. This place is 45kms from Rourkela.