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Maoists torch cellphone towers

Maoists blew up two mobile towers of a private telecom operator in the Gandhamardhan mountain range on Monday night. The tower were in Bargarh’s Purena village and Balangir’s Rengali village. Police could reach the spot only on Tuesday due to security concerns.

SDPO (Padmapur) Parul Gupta said “Last night incident is a desperate attempt by Maoists to divert the minds of people. We have already intensified combing operation to drive them out.” Around 15 Maoists were involved in it, she said.

SDPO (Patnagarh) Sunil Joshi said it was done to create panic among people and disrupt communication in remote areas of Balangir district.

According to him, about 20 armed Maoists came to the village and set the tower on fire. We have deployed additional force and started a probe.

Gandhamardhan Parvat

It is learnt that when the great disciple of Ramachandra in Ramayan the Great Epics of India , the great hero Hanuman was flying with Giri Gandhamardhan means the Great Mountain called Gandhamardhan from Himalayan Range which one was full of medicinal plants and was required for the treatment of Laxman, who was at death during Rama Ravan Fight at Sri Lanka, a part of mountain was fallen there and now the people is also calling in same name Gandhamarchan and now it is also with rich medicinal plants.

The Mountain is about 30 KM in Length, 1.5 KM in height and 10 KM in width and enriched with Alumina is creating a platue like plane on the top with valuable Sal, Non Sal woods including hundreds of medicinal species and it is maintaining a good ecological balance to its surrounding Orissa and Chhatisgarh state. And hundreds of Tribal family are earning their rosi roti (Fooding and Clothing) through selling valuable forest products.
The spectacular ever green dense forest, flowing of natural spring and the presence of Jala Devata, Harishankar and Temple creating a great pilgrimage and picnic spot for visitors attracting hundreds of visitors daily to the Place.

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Harishankar, A hindu Pilgrimage

Harishankar is located on the southern side of Gandhamardhan hills in Balangir. It is 165 km from Sambalpur, 81 Km from Balangir.  The Harishankar dazzles with a series of bewitching waterfalls cascading on the hillslopes.

Sri Sri Harishankar Devasthana, in India, is on the slopes of the beautiful Gandhamardhan hills , Orissa. It is popular for its scenes of nature and presence of two Hindu lords, Vishnu and Shiva. As a holy place, along with a beautiful stream passing on the granite bed, it has given some visitors a feeling of peace. On the opposite of side of the Gandhamardhan hills is the temple of Nrusinghanath. The plateau between the two temples has been found to have ancient Buddhist ruins, which are considered to be remnants of the ancient Parimalgiri University.

Harishankar is a place of pilgrimage, well-known for its infrequent scenic charms and the presence of Hari and Shankar, the dual deity of the Vaishnav and Shaivite sects of Hinduism. As a cool resort located within the lap of nature, Harishankar is a panacea for the heat in the summer.

Temple in the slope of the beautiful Gandhamardhan hills popular for its scenic of nature and presence of two Hindu lord Hari & Siva. As it is one of the cool place with a beautiful Stream passing on the granite bed give the visitor felling of natures peace: on its opposite is the temple of Nrusinghanath.The plateau between the two temples is strewn with ancient Buddhist ruins. Which are considered to be remnants of the ancient University Parimalgiri.

 

History

The deity of Harishankar was discovered by a Chauhan dynasty king of Western Orissa, during the 14th century. From that time, the deity has been worshipped. A dancing Ganesha image has been found, which can be traced to the early 12th century. The temple was constructed by the order of then queen Durlabha Devi of Maharaja Vaijjal Dev Chauhan.

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Nrusinghanath Temple

The Vidala-Nrusimha Temple stands amidst the verdant beauty of the picturesque Gandhamardan Hills. Nrusinghanath is a popular and attractive pilgrim point. Coupled with a series of beautiful waterfalls and some sculptures, its location offers an air of serenity and visual delight, making the trip worthwhile. It is only 165 km away from Sambalpur.

The present temple, situated at the source of the ‘Papaharini’ stream, is a 14th century structure built on a more very old site. The four pillars within the ‘Jagmohana’ suggest that the earlier temple was built in the 9th century. The beautiful doorframes have been dated to the 11th century.The site of the temple is sole. Stone steps wind up the hillside behind the temple, leading past a waterfall, and eventually curving under the falls to a spot where some beautiful and very well preserved relief sculptures are found.

The climb to the carvings and return journey will take about an hour. Since shoes are not permitted on these sanctified pilgrimage steps, those with tender feet should take along a pair of heavy socks for the climb.On the reverse slope of the hill on which the temple is located, is the “Harishankar Temple”. Between the two temples there is a 16-km. plateau, littered with Buddhist ruins that scholars feel may be the remains of the ancient University of “Parimalagiri”, referred to by the 7th century Chinese traveler ‘Hiuen T’sang’ as “Po-lo-mo-lo-ki-li”.