Monday, December 1, 2014

Deulajhari - Hot Springs - Sidheswar Temple - Athamalik - Anugul -Odisha


Sidheswar Baba Temple
Deulajhari is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva, which is located in the Anugul district of Orissa. The Deulajhari hot water spring originates from below a Shiva linga which attaches a distinct religious attribute to it. The hot water of the spring is collected in 36 manmade ponds.

Main Shiva Linga
As per the ancient records there are eighty-four such springs.  But many of them have been overshadowed from the jasmine forest. Among these, springs bearing the names Agnikunda, Taptakunda, Himakunda, Amrutakunda , Shani Kunda and Labakusakunda are the prominent ones.

Hot Spring
The temperature of water in these springs varies from 40 degree Celsius to 62 degree Celsius. The wonder of the nature here is that at the same spot we find two springs one containing the hot and the other the cold water. In front of the temple there are two such springs containing the hot and cold water.

Shani Kunda
This twin spring is a mystery of nature. There is a constant inter-flow of water between them. But the temperature of both the springs remains constant. The presiding deity Sidheswar Baba adores the main temple.

Front of Sidheswar Baba Temple
The other important temples in the complex are Kedareswar Baba, Enkari Mata Maa Mahaswari, Sri Maheswar Baba, Sri Jogeswar Baba and Maa Khambeswari. Mythological, the place is related to the age of Tretaya Yuga, in which Lord Rama along with Sita Devi and his younger brother Laxman worshiped Lord Shiva in course of their fourteen years exile life. In the world of spiritualism the place is also viewed as the Adipitha of Lord Jagannath.

Entrance Gate of Deulajhari Complex
The Current main temple was built by the King Kishore Chandra Deo of Kadamba Dynasty in the year 1936. Subsequently adjacent temples in the premises were built by other benevolent persons and devotees. The water of the hot spring cures skin and nerve diseases and therefore travelers and pilgrims come here for curative and religious purposes.

Main Kunda, where pilgrims take bath
It is situated 90kms from Anugul and 8kms from Athamalick. The Deulajhari hot water spring originates from below a Shivalinga which attaches a distinct religious attribute to it.

Jasmine Forrest (Kia Bana) arround the hot springs
How To Reach:
From Anugul, Take National Highway towards Redhakhol, In Boinda, take road towards Athamalik. From Athamalik take road towards Boudh, it is 8kms from Athamalik and 80kms from Anugul.