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Athagadapatna, Ganjam

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Athagadapatna is located 37 km from Chhatrapur. Athagadapatna is rich in huge historic memoirs. It is the birth place of great poets Kabisuriya Baldev Rath and Kabi Jadumani Mahapatra. It is believed that once the king of Athagadapatna had provided shelter to Gajapati king of Puri and had hidden the idol of Lord Jagganath to save them from the attack of Kalapahad. Thereby during his reign, The Lord Jagganath Temple was built along with few other temples clustering altogether amidst towering mountain and mystic forests.

Soon after the attack, the idol shifted to its original place in Puri and here in Athagadapatna the temple was vacated. Till date the temple remains empty. All the festivals related to Lord Jagganath are celebrated with huge pomp and fervor in this deity-less Temple. The place can still be viewed in its real and unspoiled picture. The marvelous beauty of this temple is the major tourist attraction of this place.

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