Maa Samaleswari Temple

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    Location: Ray pada, Khetrajpur, Sambalpur, Odisha, India

    Estimated Visiting Time: 1 To 2 hours

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    In Sambalpur, western Odisha, India. Maa Salameswari temple is a Hindu temple, dedicated to the goddess known as ‘Samaleswari’. Among the natives, it is also known as Samalei maa, which means Mother Samaleswari. The presiding deity of Sambalpur, Shree Shree Maa Samaleswari temple, is a strong religious force in the western part of Odisha and the Chhattisgarh state of India. The mother goddess Samaleswari is worshipped from ancient times on the bank of the river Mahanadi, as Jagatianani, Adishakti, Mahalakshmi, and Mahasaraswati, and is the mother of the universe. She is the only Goddess after lord Jagannath, in Odisha who is the presiding deity of such a wide region along with the complete Western Odisha, which is parts of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. From ancient times, it is popularly known as Hirakhanda. According to Tavernier, Ptolemy described the place as Sambalaka, the French explorer, and Edwards gibbon, the English historian, diamonds were exported from Sambalpur to Rome.


    This is a mesmerizing temple with amazing ornamentation. Its charming sight will no doubt amuse you.


    Maa Samaleswari Temple

    Built of a kind of stone as durable as granite, the Sandhara temples have a Pradakshinapatha, cemented with lime mortar, the whole building is plastered, but in the course of time the surface has become mouldy.

    This is interesting kings-yoni worship and also symbolizes a yoni. From her imaginary nose, a traditional Sambalpuri nose ornament of pure gold hangs down. With great care and devotion, she is worshipped by the natives in her temple, famously known as the Samaleswari temple. Three festivals are observed prominently, among the varieties of festivals observed before the goddess throughout the year.

    Inside/Outside Views


    Two separate structures consist there in the temple. Supported by 12 stone pillars, the square sanctum enshrining the deity is four steps below the 10-foot-wide  covered circumambulation. On the outer wall of the sanctum, eleven Parswa devis,  are embedded, so that the devotees can worship those deities during parikrama through the vaulted circumambulation. With an inverted, trunk-like projection at the bottom, the idol of Shree Shree Samalei Devi consists of a large block of granite rock.

    Opening Hours

    • Thursday 6–11:30 AM

                                   3–7:30 PM

    • Friday       6–11:30AM

                                   3–7:30 PM

    • Saturday   6–11:30 AM

    .                               3–7:30 PM

    • Sunday       6–11:30AM

                                     3–7:30 PM

    • Monday      6–11:30AM

                    .                 3–7:30 PM

    • Tuesday       6–11:30AM

                                       3–7:30 PM

    • Wednesday  6–11:30 AM

                                        3–7:30 PM

    Entry & Others Fees

    There Is No Entry Fee Needed To Play.

    How to Reach

    By flight: To other major cities of the country, Sambalpur is not very well linked via regular flights. In Raipur, Raipur Airport the nearest airport is located at about a distance of 232 km.

    By Train: From other major cities of the country, you can easily get regular trains to Sambalpur. Sambalpur railway station at Sambalpur city is the nearest railway station. 

    By road: Sambalpur is also not very well connected to the other parts of the state through the roadway. From the nearest cities as puri, and Bhubaneswar, you can hire public or private transport to reach the city of Sambalpur.

    Tips for Travellers

    • Don’t forget to leave your shoes outside the temple.
    • Keep silence inside the temple.
    • Respect the religious sentiments and rituals
    • Wear decent dresses


    Que-01: Is this place safe to visit?

    Ans: Yes, the place is safe to visit.

    Que-02: Is photography allowed in this place?

    Ans: no, photography is not allowed here.

    Que-03: What is the best time to visit the place? 

    Ans: You may visit the place anytime throughout the year.

    We wish you all the best for your journey. Happy Travel!!!

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