DHENKENAL

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Location : On National Highway No.42, 99-km from Bhubaneswar, Orissa
Named After : Savar Chief 'Dhenka'
Main Attraction : Temples of Balabhadra, Sambhugopal, Raghunath and Kunjakanta Krishna


A centrally located district of Orissa, Dhenkanal, the district of many charms, is a thrill to the searching eyes. Rich in colourful wildlife, the woods of Dhenkanal are said to be the home of carnivores and Herbivores like elephants, tigers, deer and other rare species of animals and birds.

Young Lady, OrissaThe fertile plains of river Brahmani are one of the rice-growing areas of the State. It has also the unique mark of being the dwelling place of early Homo-sapiens who lived on wild fruits and roots as well as hunting.

The archaeological remains of the district are unique. The monuments of Kapilas, Joranda, Saranga and Kualo are a few of the archaeological marvels but enough scattered throughout the length and breadth of the district.

Joranda, the principal centre of Mahima Cult; the celebrated Kapilas Hill with its time honoured monuments and caves. Saptasajya with its mystic mountains and majestic sceneries have attracted sages and seers through ages from every corner of India.

At present Dhenkanal is emerging as an industrially and technologically developed area of the State. A combination of an ancient past and a vibrant present - Dhenkanal is a land of all seasons and a destination for all reasons.

It is commonly believed that the town is named after a 'Savar Chief' called 'Dhenka', who was in possession of a compact area around the present township. The town is clustered with the pinnacles of several temples dedicated to different deities of Hindu pantheon. Notable among them are the temples of Balabhadra, Sambhugopal, Raghunath and Kunjakanta Krishna.

The unique collection of the District Museum here are the traditional weapons of the ex-rulers of Dhenkanal and tools of the Paleolithic period.

EXCURSIONS
Saptasajya
A place of scenic beauty, Saptasajya is situated at a distance of about 11-km to the south of Dhenkanal town. According to legend 'Pandavas' spent some days of their incognito life ('Agnyata Vasa') in these hills. The temple of Raghunatha built in honour of Lord Rama, Laxman and Sita by Rani Ratnaprava Devi of Dhenkanal attracts large number of devotees every year on Ramanavami day in the month of March-April. A small spring flowing close by enhances the beauty of the place. It is an ideal place for picnic and relaxation.

Kualo
72-km from Dhenkanal, 45-km from Angul and 25-km from Talchar town, Kualo is famous for housing a plethora of temples dedicated to Lord Kanakeswar, Baidyanath, Paschimeswar, Balunkeswar and Kapileswar. In its ruined form, the temple of Kanakeswar is about 24m. High and preserves some of the earliest specimens of sculptures representing temple building activities in Orissa.

Ladagada
40-km from Dhenkanal town, Ladagada is a place of religious importance. A piece of stone known as 'Lord Siddheswar' is worshipped here with great reverence. The banyan tree, which gives shelter to the Lord, is known as 'Kalpabruksha'.

Saranga
Situated 67-km from Dhenkanal, 23-km from Angul and 3-km from Talcher one finds the 'Anantasayi' image of Lord Vishnu on the rocky bed of the river Brahmani at Saranga. The hoods of Ananta, the serpent king spread over the head of Lord Vishnu as the crown and cover. The primal lotus, housing Brahma, the creator, originates from Vishnu; the Supreme Being enjoys deep delight of his cosmic sleep in the water of the river Brahmani.

Dandadhar
67-km from Dhenkanal and 30-km from Kamakshanagar, Dandadhar is the site of an irrigation project on the river Ramial-an ideal place for outing. Blue expanse of sparkling water caged in sun-bathed valley is a thrill to the searching eyes.

PRIME ATTRACTION
A visitor to this district could often meet a Sadhu of Mahima Cult. The followers of this cult believe in one God known as 'Param Brahma' and everything in this universe reveals only His glory. Visitors to Joranda may exchange ideas with the learned Sadhus of the cult.

HOW TO GET THERE
Air:
The nearest airport for approaching the places of interest in the district of Dhenkanal is at Bhubaneswar (99-km), which is connected with New Delhi , Calcutta , Chennai, Mumbai , Vishakhapatnam, Hyderabad and Nagpur by boeing flights.

Rail:
Dhenkanal Railway Station is located on S.E. Railway.

Road:
Dhenkanal is situated 99-km from Bhubaneswar on National Highway No. 42. Regular bus services connect Dhenkanal with Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri , Rourkela, Sambalpur, Raipur and other cities in Orissa.

WHERE TO STAY
Hotels & Bungalows
Circuit House
Inspection Bungalow (PWD)
Inspection Bungalow (NH)
Zila Parishad Bungalow
Hotel Shakuntala, Dakshina Kali Road
Hotel Surya, Jagannath Road
Shrikrishna Lodging, Ganesh Bazar.

SHOPPING
Cottage industry plays an important role in the rural economy of Dhenkanal district. Besides handloom, the other important cottage industries are carpentry, brass and bell-metal works, shoe making, etc.

The village Bhuban, about 30-km from Dhenkanal is famous for manufacturing brass and bell-metal works. Also Sadeiberini, a village near Dhenkanal town, is the home of exotic Dhokra works. These items may form mementos for the visitors to this district.

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Joranda Mela - January-February.
Shivaratri at Kapilas - February-March
Gajalaxmi Puja - October-November

FOR MORE TOURIST INFORMATION
Tourist Office, Dhenkanal, Kunjakanta, P.O. /District Dhenkanal, Pin. 759001
Phone: 34670
Gram: ORISSATOUR
Transport: Taxis and Auto-rickshaws are available on hire at Dhenkanal for visiting the places of attraction and excursion.
Medical: District Headquarters Hospital, Dhenkanal; Primary Health Centre, Deogaon; Subdivisional Hospital, Kamakshanagar.
Postal: Available in almost all the places of the district.
Banks: State Bank of India and other Nationalised Banks have their branches at Dhenkanal and other important places of the district.

Nearby Cities
Kapilas: 26-km
Joranda: 24-km
Saptasajya: 11-km
Tikarpada: 120-km
Angul: 58-km
Deulajhari- 90-km
Bhubaneswar : 100-km



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