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“The Orchard”, A Three star hotel in Jharsuguda

orchard-f20008“The Orchard”, A Three star hotel in Jharsuguda, is a unit of Garden Palace Hotels & Resorts Pvt. Ltd. Huge portico at the entrance, cultured lawns and sculpted pathways… welcome to The Orchard, the only three star hotel in Jharsuguda. It is designed in a modern architectural pattern with a subtle touch of class. The interiors of the hotel have been done accordingly as well. Be it the pastel colours of the walls, the decor of the rooms, the tapestry, linens, furniture and upholstery; even the lighting has also been done in a very tasteful.

The Orchard
Bypass Road, Ekatali,
Jharsuguda 768202,
Odisha, India

Phone: +91 06645 270771, 72, 73, 74 / +919338187452

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The Unique Historical Gandhi Mandir ( Temple )

“The temple is being re-developed, beautified and maintained with the financial assistance graciously given by ADITYA BIRLA GROUP”.

The foundation stone of Gandhi Mandir at Bhatra in the municipal area of Sambalpur was laid on March 23, 1971 by the then Revenue Divisional Commissioner of Sambalpur Sri Rabindra Nath Mohanty, I.A.S. It took almost three years to complete the construction of the temple. Its interior decoration was designed by Mr. Truptabhusan Dasgupta a local artist of repute and the idol of Mahatma Gandhi was sculpted by an artist of Khallikote Art College, Ganjam. The temple was formally opened and gifted to the nation on April 11, 1974 by the then Chief Minister of Orissa late Nandini Satpathy. An Ashok Stambha has been built in front of the temple. A bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi in a squatting position and about 3.5? high is placed in the sanctum sanctorum (garvagriha).

Located at Bhatra, a Harijan suburb of Sambalpur, it is the brain-child of Mr. Abhimanyu Kumar, a Harijan and an M.L.A. of Orissa Legislative Assembly for about 18 years. Mr. Kumar as a child and a young man had  witnessed the atrocities committed on the Harijans by the upper caste Hindus and had also experienced the change that engulfed the Indian society after the coming of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the Mahatma, on the Indian national scene. Inwardly, therefore, he became a worshipper of the Mahatma and was thus inspired to raise a memorial for this prophet of peace and non-violence, for this God of the untouchables.

Sambalpur is about 200 kilometers by train and about 300 kilometers by road from Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Orissa. There is an air strip near Sambalpur but there are no regular plane services. One may have to charter a plane or a helicopter to reach here by air. The temple is about 8 kilometers from Sambalpur railway station.

Besides the daily worship in the morning and evening with Ramdhun, festive occasions like the Republic Day (26th January), Mahaprayan Divas of Mahatma Gandhi (30th January), Independence Day (15th August) and Gandhi Jayanti (2nd October) are celebrated in the temple every year with great devotion. Dignitaries come to this temple and pay their respect to the Father of the Nation before their routine roundup on these occasions.

The Gandhi Mandir Development Committee manages the temple with enthusiastic participation of the local people. Health camps, cleanliness programmes, symposia and lectures on different aspects of Gandhian  philosophy, distribution of cloth to the poor and uniforms to the local school students are some of the activities undertaken by the Development Committee. Local followers of Mahatma Gandhi gather at the temple premises every morning and evening and the Pujari, the worshipper, of the temple either gives discourses from the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi or reads from the writings of Mahatma Gandhi. There are some followers of Mahatma Gandhi who visit the temple every morning and begin their day’s work only after taking the prasad offered in the temple.

The Gandhi Mandir Development Committee has plans to build a Gandhi Library-Cum-Museum, an Auditorium, a Gandhi Research Centre and a Guest House in an area of about ten acres of land which it proposes to acquire. Besides expenses on these projects, funds are also needed for the daily worship and for repair and maintenance of the temple and for raising a beautiful garden around the temple. The Gandhi Mandir Development Committee would be happy to receive donations from admirers of Mahatma Gandhi from India and abroad.

For details kindly contact Mr. Pramod Ranjan Kumar, President, Gandhi Mandir Development Committee, At-Bhatra, P.O. Dhanupali, Sambalpur – 768005, Orissa, India, (Mobile No. +919437126854)or visit our website

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.

Gandhamardhan ParvatGandhamardhan Parvat

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.



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.

Hari ShankarHari Shankar

Samaleswari Temple

Samaleswari Temple is a Hindu temple in Sambalpur, Western Orissa, India dedicated to the goddess known as MAA, also known among the natives as samalei maa, meaning Mother Samaleswari. Shree Shree Samaleswari, the presiding deity of Sambalpur, is a strong religious force in western part of Orissa 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.


samlei mandir

samlei mandir


The temple is of Sandhara order. It is built of a kind of stone durable as granite, cemented with lime mortar, the whole building is plastered, but in the course of time the surface has become mouldy. The temple comprises of two separate structures. The square sanctum sanctorum enshrining the deity is four step below the 10’ feet wide covered circumbulation, which is supported by 12 stone pillars. Eleven parswa devis (side Goddness), are embedded on the outer wall of the sanctum, so that the devotees can worhsip those deities during parikarma thourgh the vaulted circumbulation. The Idol of Shree Shree Samalai Devi consists of a large block of Granite rock with an inverted, trunk like projection at the bottom. A shallow cut on her “Baraha” like face symbolises her mouth. Traditinal Sambalpuri nose ornament of pure gold hangs down from her imaginary nose Beaten gold leave fixed on two disproportionate golden eye like depression on the face acts as substitute for her eyes in an attempt to define the face of the mother deity on a mass of self shaped rock, the devi’s idol inspires sublime sentiments of awe, fear, reverence, devotion, love and affection towards all prevading mother hood.


samlei maa

samlei maa

She is worshiped with a great care and devotion by the natives in her temple, famously known as the samaleswari temple. Among the varieties of festivals observed before the goddess throughout the year three festivals are observed prominently. The first two are navaratra puja during the months of March and April and during the months of September and October. Among these two navaratra pujas (nine days continuous worship of the goddess) the second one is observed with a great splendour and devotion.

The third festival which is said to be the chief festival of the whole western Orissa (sambalpur) region is nuakhai. In this festival the farmers offer the first produce from their lands to the goddess before using it for his personal use.