Odisha houses India’s most enchanting temples. All these temples have a story to tell. All these temples are unique in their own way. Maa Ghanteswari Temple is one such temple. It is situated on the banks of River Mahanadi. As the name suggests the temple is adorned with bells and is dedicated to goddess Ghanteswari, “goddess of bells”. Devotees tie a bell in this temple when their wishes are fulfilled. This place jingles with the sounds of the little bells tied here. Visiting this temple is a unique experience.
More about Ghanteswari Temple
This temple is at a distance of 30 km from Sambalpur, a very famous city in Odisha. It is located at a strategically important location between Sambalpur and Chiplima. Current construction of a bridge is going on here and it’s believed to complete by 2018. This bridge is being constructed at Mundoghat and after its construction the distance between Sambalpur and Ghanteswari Temple will be cut to half.
Ghanteswari Temple is also known as the “lighthouse without light”. It is said that it was built by early sailors. It was used as a warning sign by the sailors against heavy and cruel winds. The entire temple has small bells tied around the temple complex. Many pilgrims from all over the state of Odisha come to visit this temple throughout the year. This temple offers wonderful natural scenic beauty to the visitors.
Chipilima Hydro Power plant (CHEP) is located near the temple on the same river bank. One can spot this power plant while on their way to the temple.
Attractions in and around the Ghanteswari Temple
Ghanteswari Temple is regarded as a very auspicious temple by pilgrims. One can visit this temple at any time of the year. The way to this temple is adventurous. One has to cross a bridge under which the mighty Mahanadi flows. It is somewhat a narrow bridge and well protected by iron railings. This gives the visitors a unique opportunity to explore the natural beauty of this place.
This temple is also an ideal location for nature lovers. It is rare to find a place having the combination of a scenic view coupled with spiritual significance. The strong flow of the river looks enchanting to the eyes. During the rainy season when the water level of the river rises, one can find the water of the river touching the floor of the bridge. Apart from this one can find an abundance of spectacular views from here. The wonderful location of this place makes a visit to this place a unique experience. The road to the temple is covered with lush greenery. The entire temple complex is clean, green and serene.
This temple is also a wonderful spot for photography fanatics. The picturesque beauty of this place is worth capturing. This location provides wonderful spots for photographers. These enchanting views look like a painter’s dream. One can get lost in the scenic beauty of this place.
A Tourist’s Guide to Ghanteswari Temple
Maa Ghanteswari Temple is 33 km southwest of the district capital Sambalpur. One can visit this temple via NH 6. So, it is well connected by road and reaching this temple isn’t much of a big deal. The temple is open on all days of the week from 6 am to 9 pm. One can visit this temple throughout the year. The nearest railway station from this temple is Sambalpur Railway Station and the nearest airport is at Bhubaneswar i.e. Biju Patnaik International Airport. Hotels are easily available in Sambalpur. One can book hotels either online or offline as per one’s convenience. One must visit this place for its spiritual significance and its scenic beauty.