, This holi we planned a quick trip to Orissa. We covered Bhubaneswar konark and Puri by car. The temperature was moderate. We loved the road trip which was through the urban"yeh it was a great experience in Orissa especially when travelling with friends and school group. What an amazing place it is. Everything it has from beaches to sand, temples to gardens and many ... " Areas. The ... "
Gandhamardan - The Hanumanji's Mountain!
During Tretaya Yug, Laxman was injured by Indrajit, Son of Ravana the demon of Lanka. Shri Rama's counselor Jambavan suggested Hanuman to bring the Bishalyakarani from Himalayan Mountains; but Hanuman find the plant and brought the whole mountain. And, while bringing the mountain on his shoulder, a part of the mountain fell down in this part, which was later named as Gandhamardan. Gandhamardan is the home of more than five thousand medicinal herbs and plants for stern diseases like, AIDS, Cancer, Kidney dysfunctions, TB, Asthma and many more. It took us nearly 3 hrs to drive all our way from Balangir via Patnagarh. There were 2 nos. Of toll in the road for collection of tax. We paid a total amount of Rs. 45 as toll tax, for our both way journey. Though the place is known for its mythological importance but the beauty of the place can't be ignored. The temple of Nrusinghnath lies at the base of Gandhamardan, but couldn't be visited as we reached there in the late afternoon. This place is quite common among the locals, who come here to have a sacred Bath in the medicated water of the running stream. Steps are made in some portions of the mountain, for convenience. Some food and merchandise stalls are located in the temple area but it's better to have food in patnagarh, the nearest town to this area. The region is a tribal belt and is affected by Maoist. Never in life, we had seen police chaukis being guarded by para military forces. Overall the place is good and can be visited once; atleast to have a shower in the cold mountain stream, if not for tranquility. Also the place has Hanumanji's very own Bandar Sena, so beware of your belongings ;-)
I am heading to Odisha
Orissa is located on the east coast of India, adjoining the Bay of Bengal, and is surrounded by the states of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and West Bengal. The coastal strip is fertile, with alluvial rice-producing soil, fed by the rivers Mahanadi, Brahmani, and Baitarini. The interior regions are hilly, forested and inhabited by tribal people, who constitute almost one-fourth of Orissa's population. The state gets a lot of rain through the year and the coastal areas are subject to occasional cyclones. Orissa is a mineral-rich state, associated with mining, steel and aluminium industries, and power generation. It contains one-third of the country's bauxite deposits, one-fourth of its iron ore, and one-fifth of its coal. Orissa's tourist attractions are clustered around the coast, especially in the triangle of Bhubaneshwar, Konark and Puri, which have old and architecturally celebrated temples. The capital Bhubaneshwar is not a big city but is said to be home to some thousand temples. It has a domestic airport and is the base to visit the renowned Sun Temple at Konark, a World Heritage Site, 65 km away. This 13thcentury temple to Surya was built in the form of a giant chariot with 12 pairs of wheels to carry the god across the sky. Every December the Konark Dance Festival of classical Indian dances is held here. The seaside town of Puri, 60 km from Bhubaneshwar, is a popular beach destination for tourists from the eastern region. But it attracts even more pilgrims for the Jagannath temple, a huge 12th-century temple that has 6000 priests and 400 cooks to perform the deities rituals. Lord Jagannath's annual chariot procession in June/July is pulled by thousands of worshippers. Chilika Lake, 50 km from Puri, is India's largest lake and a bird sanctuary. To the north-east, Orissa has the Simlipal Tiger Reserve and the Bhitarkanika Sanctuary. The latter is known among wildlife lovers as the spot where lakhs of Olive Ridley Turtles come to nest every year in February.