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Samaleswari Temple, Sambalpur , India

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Samaleswari Temple, Sambalpur , Odisha, India Samaleswari Temple is a Hindu temple in Sambalpur, Western Odisha, India dedicated to the goddess known as 'Maa', also known among the natives as Samalei maa, meaning Mother Samaleswari. It’s the most famous temple of western Odisha, located at the bank of Mahanadi River. 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. Sambalpur region is popularly known as Hirakhanda …

Hirakud Dam, Sambalpur, Odisha, India .

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Hirakud Dam, Sambalpur, Odisha, India  Hirakud dam is  built across the Mahanadi River , about 15 kilometres from Sambalpur in  Odisha. Hirakud Dam is one of the longest dams in the world about 26 km in length. There are two observation towers on the dam one is “Gandhi Minar” and another one is “Nehru Minar”. The Hirakud Reservoir is 55 km long used as multipurpose scheme intended for flood control, irrigation and power generation. It was one of the major multipurpose river valley project after Independence. The Hirakud Dam is a composite structure of earth, concrete and masonry. It is the longest major earthen dam in India, measuring 26 km including dykes, and stands across the river Mahanadi. The main dam has an overall length of 4.8 km  spanning between two hills , the Lamdungri on the left and the Chandili Dunguri on the right. The dam is flanked by 21 km  of earthen dykes on both the left and right sides, closing the low saddles beyond the adjoining hills. Hirakud Dam has three …

The Lingaraj Temple, Bhubnashwar, Odisha, India

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The Lingaraj Temple, Bhubnashwar, Odisha Bhubaneshwar the capital of Odisha is a city of temples, several of which are important from an architectural standpoint. The Lingaraj temple - the largest of these is an outstanding specimen of the Orissa style of temple building. It is about a thousand years old. Bhubaneshwar, Konarak and Puri constitute the Golden triangle of Orissa, visited in large numbers by pilgrims and tourists.Bhubaneshwar is also a revered pilgrimage center, referred to in the Bhrama Purana. The Bhrama Purana refers to Bhubaneshwar as the Ekamra Kshetra enshrining a crore Shiva Lingas. Lingaraja Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Harihara, a form of Shiva and Vishnu and is one of the oldest temples in Bhubaneswar. The temple is the most prominent landmark of the Bhubaneswar city and one of the major tourist attractions of the state. Lingaraj, literally means the king of Lingam, the iconic form or Shiva. Shiva was originally worshipped as Kirtivasa and later as Har…

The Chitrakarini Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

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Chitrakarini Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Chitrakarini Temple is a Hindu Religious Place in Bhubaneswar, Orissa .The Presiding Deity is Chamunda Devi. The Kalinga architecture with Nagara style temple is well preserved with manicured gardens enhancing the sublime stone carved sculptures of the shrine by Archeological Survey of India (ASI). Lingaraj temple and Chtrakarini temple share the common boundary wall and one can have a panoramic view of the former from here.
Chitrakarini temple belongs to the later group temples of Bhubaneswar. It was probably built by the Ganga Kings. It was perhaps built by the Ganga King Narasimha Deva I, who was also called as Parama Mahesvara, in the middle of 13th century CE.  Although the Orissan temple architecture style falls under the broad category of Nagara style of temple architecture, it has its unique and distinct features. Within the Orissan temple architecture style, there are three types based on the period of the construction and which dynas…

The Aisaneswara Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha,India

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Aisaneswara Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha,India
Aisanyesvara Siva Temple is a 13th-century Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, India. The temple is near Municipal Corporation Hospital, Sriram Nagar, Old Town, Bhubaneswar. It is close to the western compound wall of Lingaraj Temple. This is a living temple and with a shrine facing east.
The enshrined deity is a Sivalingam within a circular yonipitha (basement). Rituals like Sivarathri, Jalabhiseka, Rudrabhiseka, Sankranthi are observed here. The festival deity of Lord Lingaraja is brought to this temple after the 6th day of Sivaratri.

Mahatama Gandhi Setu , Patna

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Mahatama Gandhi Setu , Patna
Mahatma Gandhi Setu  (bridge) also called Gandhi Setu or Ganga Setu in Patna is the Asia's 2nd longest river bridge and also longest cantilever bridge of Asia.  Length of Ganga Setu in Patna is 5.75km and was inaugurated in 1982 by Indira Gandhi with the cost Rs 87.22 crore. It is also one of the tourist’s spots in Patna, Bihar. Mahatma Gandhi Setu connects Patna in the south to Hajipur in the north of Bihar.
The bridge was approved by the Central Government in 1969 and built by Gammon India Limited over a period of ten years, from 1972 to 1982 with total expenditure of Rs 87.22 crore at that time.  It was built to connect North Bihar with the rest of Bihar and part of national highway 19 (NH19). . Before this bridge was constructed, Rajendra Setu, opened in 1959, was the only link to North Bihar. The Indian postal department issued a commemorative postage stamp on Landmark Bridges of India: Mahatma Gandhi Setu of denomination 0500 Paise on 17 August…

The Papanasini Temple, Bhubaneswar,Odisha

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Papanasini Siva Temple is an abandoned Hindu temple located in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. Papanasini Siva temple is a Kalinga style architectural temple made of sandstone, built around 14th century and located at Badheibanka Chowk, Old Town, Bhubaneswar, nearby the famous Lingaraj temple. This 14 th century temple which was constructed with the great architectural talent at that time. The temple was constructed by Dry masonry technique in Kalingan style. The elevation is of 45 feet (14 m). The temple faces towards the south. It is an abandoned temple and the sactum is empty. The temple is made of laterite. This is a precinct and typology is Pidha deul (shrine). The temple is surrounded by Banesvara Siva temple in east, Maitresvara temple in south and the Papanasini compound wall in north and west. The temple is facing towards south. Special features of the temple is there is only the vimana (chariot), porch is missing. Currently the superstructure has partly collapsed, though the fi…