‘Rayagada is situated in the southern part of Odisha, it has a population of around 10 Lakh, the majority of the population speak Odia & Telugu. It is surrounded by mountains and two rivers go through it named “Nagabali” & “Jhanjabati”. For nature lovers and travellers, it’s no less than a paradise. As I belong to Rayagada I always wanted to make it a tourist destination. Rayagada being a remote area, people do not get to know about it. In this blog, I will be showing the mountains, waterfalls, rivers and temples which are worth visiting.
This famous temple in Rayagada, Odisha attracts tourists from far and near, particularly from the neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh and Chattisgarh. The deity is a grama devatha or a local goddess.The temple is located beside the railway track connecting Raipur and Visakhapatnam. The original temple was built in the 14th century. The Goddess was worshipped as a form of Shakti. The Britishers tried several times to build a bridge for the railway tracks over a rapid stream connecting to the mighty Nagavali river. This point, only a stone’s throw from the shrine was very deep and narrow, about a 100 feet going down. The massive piers gave away thrice.Legend says that the temple Poojari had a dream was the deity commanded that a temple is built first. It was built and then the bridge could be completed without any difficulty. The bridge was finally built connecting two hillocks without building any piers in the stream.Sundays and Wednesdays see a quite heavy throng of pilgrims. Several of them offer goats and chicken to the deity. Food is cooked on the premises and consumed before leaving. Utensils etc are available for hire. Several shops are available to buy bananas, coconuts, flowers, Prasad, sarees, photos etc. The Dussehra period is quite crowdy. The rush abates in the evening hours.The Goddess looks fiery and covered with red vermilion. The devotees are given a vermilion paste on leaves. The Goddess uses a horse as her mount and is said to patrol around the town warding off all types of evil from her devotees. Local residents are said to hear the hoof sounds of the horse.Rayagada can be accessed from Visakhapatnam or Raipur or Bhubneshwar airports. Trains are also available from these places.
Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are the main deities in the temple. The present structure of the temple, with a new look, has been built in 2007. The Gajapati Raja of Puri honoured the inaugural function of the new Temple on June 20, 2007. Rath Yatra is the main festival of the deities.
“Odisha’s second hanging bridge”Chekaguda, Rayagada,India.The bridge over the Nagavali River links the town of Rayagada to the villages of Mariguda, Chakaguda etc. It spans 151 metres (495 ft) and is 30.48 metres (100.0 ft) above the rocks below. The area is attractive with natural beauty.
Nagavali River originates from a hill near Lakhbahal village in Thuamul Rampur block of Kalahandi District. It touches Nakrundi, Kerpai areas of Kalahandi, Kalyansinghpur and Rayagada of Rayagada district of Odisha and merged in the Bay of Bengal near Kalingapatnam after crossing by the side of Srikakulam of Andhra Pradesh. It is an independent river with its own basin. The total length of the river is about 256 kilometres (159 mi), of which 161 kilometres (100 mi) are in Odisha and the rest in Andhra Pradesh.
Some mountains of Rayagada
Vansadhara River (Gumuda)
The river originates in the border of Thuamul Rampur in the Kalahandi district and Kalyansinghpur in Rayagada district of Odisha and runs for a distance of about 254 kilometres, where it joins the Bay of Bengal at Kalingapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The total catchment area of the river basin is about 10,830 square kilometres.
Laxmi Narayani Temple (Therubali)
Laxminarayan temple is located at IMFA factory of Therubali, Rayagada district, Odisha. The deities Laxminarayan, Hanuman, Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Lord Siva are worshipped by thousands of devotees.The temple is about 25 km from the district headquarters. It is one of the tourist attractions of the Rayagada district. Visitors and devotees visit this place especially more on Tuesdays.
This is the image of the temple from the left side.
Tikiri to Laxmipur roadway and railway.
Tikiri to Kashipur.26km roadway
On the road to Tikiri, you will find one of the best places for a biker.
It is situated 3km away from Muniguda.
Chatikona is a small village of Rayagada district. It is famous for the shiv temple and waterfall by the side of shiv temple.
This is the Shiv temple.
These are some of the images of the waterfall.
THESE ARE SOME OF THE IMAGES OF THE TRIBAL PEOPLE AND FARMERS IN RAYAGADA.
Pic Credits Go To “Beautiful Rayagada” Facebook Page, Click Here To Visit Their Page. Comments and shares will be appreciated. Thanks.