Samaleswari Temple, Sambalpur

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Samaleswari Temple is a historically and culturally important temple built in circa 16th century. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shree Shree Samaleswari. The Goddess is worshipped and called affectionately as “Maa” by her followers. The Goddess is worshipped with fervor not only in Sambalpur but also across Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

The idol of Maa Samaleswari is an inverted block of granite that has a trunk like formation at the bottom. The stone was not sculpted by human hands and is believed to be found as it stands today. Gold ornaments adorn the Goddesses face and body. The festivals of Navaratra and Nuakhai are celebrated with great pomp and circumstance. The best time to visit the temple is during the festivals when the whole area is decked out in splendor. During the Nuakhai Festival, local martial arts experts put on a show of skills for the devotees to witness.

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