Patalishreekhetra-an eminent place of Lord jagannath in sonepur
Patali shreekhetra is one of the significant historical old vishnu temple, also a holy shrines associated with Buddhism, Vaishnavism and Saktism. It’s very famous place or Odisha. This place is declared as a turist place by OTDC,Odisha.
This temple is located at the foot of Trikut Hill at Kotsamlai in the Birmaharajpur Subdivision of Subarnapur District, which is situated just 23 km far from the head quater of Subarnapur,Odisha.The spectacular topography of the region speaks volumes of its proud-past. No wonder, it assigns the seal of affirmation to the literacy, epigraphic, numismatic and traditional accounts relating to the “Secret- abode” of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra in the impenetrable caves of the Trikut for a period of 144 years.
As per the narration of Madalapanji, Sovanadeva, the King of Orissa fled from the city with the images of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra during the Raktavahu invasion and reached his western frontier in Sonepur and buried the images at a place called Sonepur-Gopali, and that after a lapse of 144 years, Yayati Keshari of Somavamsi dynasty got the images dugout, made new images, built new temple at Puri and enshrined them there.
How it became famous:-
On this score, it is naturally a matter of immense pride for the people of Subarnapur district that the Temple Administration, Jagannath Temple, Puri extended official recognisation to the “Patali Shrikhetra “ on February 20, 2007 under the captainship of Sri Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, IAS, the Chief Temple Administrator and R.D.C, Central division. Further, they proposed for the setting up of positive and cordial link between Srikhetra and Patali Srikhetra in letter and spirit. Subsequently Archeological Survey of India team led by Dr. Dimiri and State Archeology led by Dr B.K. Ratha in the company of State Architect Mr Beura paid a visit and testified the linkage of Patali Srikhetra with Srikhetra and also found archeological properties of pre-historic importance.
Apart from the facts relating to Vaishnavism, the said site also bears indispensable imprints of Vajrayanism and Sahajajana Buddhism which flourished in this tract under the guidance of the Philosopher–King Indrabhuti of Sambalaka i.e sambalpur and Lakhmikara of Subarnapur. It was king Indrabhuti, who inaugurated the tradition of worshiping Lord Jagannath as the infallible incarnation of Buddha. This theory includes the historians to believe that the Jagannath Culture originated from Vajrayanism. In addition, there is still a novel version well circulated in and around Kotsomalai that the oldest Shrines of the Goddess Stambheswari and that of Jagannath Trinity located in the heart of the village indicate the Siva-Sakti co-relation. In fact, these shrines need immediate protection for the sake of preserving the unique legacy.
Last but not the least, the monastery of the great Saint and poet Baba Chandramani Das located at Baghapali at the opposite end of the Trikut Hill and nearby Kotsamlai spontaneously steals the glances of the onlookers and communicates a message of intellectual and spiritual fraternity.
How to Reach:-
By Bus:- 280 km far from Bhubaneswar, Bus root will be from Bhubaneswar via Nayagarh, Daspalla, and Baud, 300 km far via Dhenkanal and Anugul,Kotasamalai is 23 KM away from Sonepur in North.,
By Train:- 280 km far from this place from nearest railway station Bhubaneswar.Bhubaneswar (Train) to Sambalpur by Train and from Sambalpur to Sonepur by Bus.
Famous for :-
Anicient Old Vishnu temple,
one of best Trekking place of subarnpur.
Best for Picnic .