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Places of Interest in Sambalpur

Sambalpur is famous for its handloom textile works which has earned international fame in recent times. The textiles for their unique pattern, design and texture commonly come under the patent of Sambalpuri . It has also got some rare places and items which are somewhat unique in nature. Sambalpur is endowed with much natural splendour unspoilt by modern Tourism. It is fascinating to be in the midst of nature in all its glory. There are many places of interest.

Maa Samlei is ensconced in the Samleswari Temple of SambalpurSamaleswari Temple: Maa Samaleswari temple is the famous temple of Sambalpur. Maa Samaleswari is otherwise known as the goddess of Sambalpur.The goddess commands deep respect of the local populace and her temp[le is visited by many people almost daily.While the temple of the Mother, Maa Samlei is of rcent origins, the image of the mother predates to almost 5,000 years with opinions of some historians 

Hiraku dam in SambalpurHirakud Dam :Only 15 kms. north of Sambalpur, the longest dam of the world stands in its lone majesty across the great river Mahanadi, which drains an area of 1,33,090 Sq.Kms., more than twice the area of Srilanka. From horizon to horizon the resorvoir forms the largest artificial lake in Asia with an area of 746 Sq.Kms. and a shore line over 640 Kms. A twenty-one Kilometres drive on the dyke offers a unique experience of calm serenity and majesty of nature. One can enjoy the sight of mighty Hirakud dam and the fantastic expanse of water from the top of the revolving minarate called Gandhi Minar.

Cattle Islands of SambalpurCattle island, A Natural Wonder : A natural wonder created by man,the cattle island is near to Kumarbandh village of Belpahar-Banharpali range which is about 90 kms from Sambalpur town. The island is a sub-merged hill and prior to construction of the Hirakud Dam, was a developed village. The specialty about the island is in it’s inhabitants.The island is actually dwelled only by a group of cattles.At the time of the construction of th edam,when the villagers got resettled elsewhere, they left behind some of their cows and bulls. Once the dam was built and the nearby area filled up with the reservoir water,it let the hilltop act like an island where these cattle flourished in wild. These animals are somewhat bigger than normal cattle and they are swifter as well in comparison to their domesticated partners.

Huma temple: leaning temple of OrissaHuma, The leaning temple of India : A village in the Sambalpur Subdivision, situated on the left bank of the Mahanadi, 23 kms. south of Sambalpur. The village contains the Leaning temple dedicated to Lord Siva, which was built in the reign of Baliar Singh, the fifth Raja of Sambalpur. Huma is a place of pilgrimage, and is also visited by strangers out of curosity to see the different kind of fish in the river. A great fair takes place at the foothill in March every year on the occasion of Sivratri. The presiding diety is Bimaleswar Siva. The surprising thing is about the temple is that it is tilted in one direction and other small temples are tilted to some other direction. Again within the temple complex i.e. within the boundaries of temple, everything is found to be in tilted condition including the boundaries.

Chiplima : An ideal picnic spot, Chiplima is known for a natural fall (24.38 mts. In height) harnessed for generating electricity. It is also known for harbouring “Ghanteswari”, the presiding deity of the place. Moreover, the State livestock Breeding Farm and Agricultural Farm are located here.

Ushakothi : A spot of an altogether different hue is Ushakothi wild life Sanctuary, 43 Kms. North-East of Sambalpur on NH.6. Stretching for more than 130 Kms., the Sanctuary harbours Elephants, Tigers, Gours, Sambars, Black Panthers, Deer, Spotted Deer, and Wild Bears etc. The two watching towers located near the saline tank inside the Sanctuary enable the visitors to catch a view of these animals.