Mahendragiri Hills is located in the Eastern Ghats of Odisha state, and it is 40 km distance from Paralakhemundi. It is a beautiful hill covered with green dense forest and wildlife. Mahendragiri is the Second highest mountain peak of Odisha. The river Mahendratanaya flows down from this hill is an attraction to the visitor. Mahendragiri mountain is famous for Red sandalwood (Lal Chandan) and medicinal plants in Odisha. Mahendragiri hill station is a top tourist destination in Gajapati and Andhra Pradesh.
From the mythological and archaeological point, Panchupandavas and Parasuram were sheltered here for some days. Mahendragiri hills are associated with the Ramayana as Mahendra Parvata. It is a Kula Parvata along with Malaya, Sahyadri, Shuktiman, Vindhya and Malyavaan. In the Puranas and Ramayan, It is said that Parasuram was meditating on Mahendragiri when Lord Rama broke the sacred bow of Shiva.
This is the place where Lord Parsuram, an eternal being, performed Tapasya for eternity. Here are small and large temples built by the Pandavas. The main festival celebrated here is Shivratri. The natural beauty and the dense forest attract tourists to come here. At the foot of Mahendragiri Hill is a beautiful waterfall that attracts tourists. Mahendragiri Hills and Mahendragiri Mountain peak are popular tourist places in Gajapati District.
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