Jhadeswar TempleKeonjhar is blessed with a wide range of temples that include the Jagannath temple, the Vishnu temple etc. It is also known for a wide variety of tourist places like Sitabinji, Ghatgaon, Deogaon etc. Among the wide range of tourist attractions falls the Jhadeswar temple which is located in this administrative land of Odisha.
About Jhadeswar TempleGeographically the temple of Jhadeswar is located along the banks of Baitarani River in the auspicious land of Keonjhar in Odisha. This place is very near Ghasipur in Odisha. This holy place is dedicated to Lord Jhareswar, one of the several names for Lord Shiva. Basically Lord Shiva is worshipped in this beautiful temple lying along the land of Odisha. As part of the Maha Shivratri celebrations conducted in this holy town, a mega fair is hosted. This fair has been a part of the Keonjhar culture ever since the temple was first built.
Jhareswar is considered as the original abode of Lord Shiva or in other words the first Shiva Shrine ever, by the people of Odisha. The Lord within is known as Swayumbhu. "Ahyaswambhu pitha" of Jharsuguda is a small but very beautiful and charming garden that is located near the Jhareswar temple. It is known as one of the most beautiful picnic spots of this area. This temple benefits from the garden, and one can say that it is an in-house garden.
History about Jhadeswar TempleIt is believed that in this temple lies the self-appearing Sivalingam, which according to Hindu religion is the Swayambhu version of Lord Shiva. The actual age of this lingam is not known to anyone as yet. It is believed that this Lingam was worshipped during the reign of Govind Singh, the then Jamindar of Jharsuguda. A small hut made up of leaves became the official residence of this Lingam for quite a while.
Sometime later, in the year of 1916 Mulju Jagmal, a small time contractor, built a small temple across this land to keep the Lord inside. Immediately after having built the temple, the Jharsuguda’s Jamindar sent out for Savayats and hired them for daily worship purposes. The Jamindar even went ahead and lent out his agricultural lands so that the temple can be properly maintained and the puja done on a regular basis. This is probably why the Jhareswar temple has a huge significance in the history of the Jharsuguda tribe in India. The eastern part of the temple hosts the Jharsuguda settlement. On the northern side the Gond settlement has driven in their abode.
Places of Attraction near Jhadeswar TempleIf one studies the ancient town of Kendujhar, one will find that there are some amazing places to visit around this town apart from the Jhareswar temple. The Padmasini temple is a major attraction near Kendujhar. It is located about 70km from the city, and Goddess Padmasini is located in the quite of this place. Shiva Shrine of the Mahadebpali is another important and famous cultural attractions in the land of Jharsuguda very near Jhadeswar.
If one wants a peek into the history of Kendujhar, one should visit the fort in this region which lies at a distance of 58kms from the city. This fort lies along the River Telen in Odisha.
There are some major religious places too that lie along this region which one should visit while visiting Jhareswar temple. The Chandi Mandir is one such shrine that is located along the shores of the River IB. One would be surprised to know that this temple is actually located inside a cave. Monsoon is not the ideal time to visit this shrine as it gets immersed under water. It is at a distance if 10 km from Jharsuguda, and is known for Goddess Chandi. Apart from the Chandi temple, there is the RamChandi temple too which is famous in Jharsuguda.
Ideal Time to Visit Jhareswar TempleIf one is planning to visit this place, one should ideally spend the winters in here. The months ranging from October to March are pleasant in nature and provide comfort for those who wish to go in for sight-seeing. Some of the shrines are immersed under water during Monsoons making your visit incomplete to this famous temple during this season. One cannot move out of Kendujhar without visiting the Padmasini temple along with Jhareswar temple, and the access to Padmasini temple is guarded. The reason being the whole shrine is immersed in water during this season.
The tropical town experiences scorching heat during summers. Generally tourists don’t prefer visiting the temple during this season.
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