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The Goddess of Bells: Ghanteshwari Temple in Odisha

Written by: Akshatha
Updated: Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 12:01 [IST]
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Some peculiar sight awaits you at this temple. One glance at it and you will wonder whether it is a temple or a bell shop! Yes, this feature makes it a special one for sure.

It is a common site to see a few bells in all Hindu temples. Here you will see bells swarming each and every corner of the shrine. You might even get a feeling that this shrine might be dedicated to bells. Actually, no! It is a Devi temple known as Ghanteshwari Temple in Odisha.

Ghanteshwari Temple in Odisha

Ghanteshwari Temple
Photo Courtesy: Aditya Mahar

Ghanteshwari Temple is located in Sambalpur of Odisha. Yes, the shrine is not just dedicated to bells but for the 'deity of bells'. Ghanteshwari Devi is regarded as the 'Goddess of Bells' and hence one of the famous pilgrim sites in this region of Odisha.

One popular belief is that this Shakti Goddess help people who come from far away places. Also, blesses people who worship with a pure heart. Those who strongly believe in the powers of the goddess are said to be rewarded.

Ghanteshwari Temple in Odisha

Ghanteshwari Temple
Photo Courtesy: Aditya Mahar

The custom is that devotees have to offer a bell, once their wish is fulfilled. This tradition has a great prominence in this temple. So, we can see the shrine full of bells at Ghanteshwari Temple.

Don't you think what so many bells indicate? Doesn't it imply to the power of the Goddess. In fact, the people offer bells only after their wish is granted. Hence many come here to worship this Devi.

Ghanteshwari Temple in Odisha

Ghanteshwari Temple
Photo Courtesy: Aditya Mahar

Another speciality being the locality of the temple. Ghanteshwari Devi Temple is situated on the banks on Mahanadi River in Odisha. Once upon a time this shrine helped the navigators who sailed across this river. The temple served as a kind of lighthouse. Hence, some voyagers named it a 'Light House without a light'. It was a kind of a landmark for the travellers.

Of course, bells are the reason behind this name. The music of the bells starts ringing when the wind blows which could be heard from a distance. Navigators could identify the landmark with the sound of the bells. Sometimes, when there were strong winds, these bells have also helped the sailors in saving their lives.

Ghanteshwari Temple in Odisha

Mahanadi River
Photo Courtesy: Aditya Mahar

How To Reach Ghanteshwari Devi Temple

Sambalpur is around 280km from Bhubaneshwar.

  • By Bus: Sambalpur is well-connected by buses from major cities of Odisha.
  • By Train: Sambalpur Railway Station is the nearest railway station.

Seek blessings from Ghanteshwari Devi and tie a bell!

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