Patali Srikhetra is situated at the top of Trikut Hill at Kotsamalai, and it is about 60 km distance from District Headquarters Sonepur. The place is associated with Lord Jagannath of Puri. In this Patali Srikhetra Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra are worshipped in a cave. According to legend, the king of Sambala, Indrabhuti, worshipped Lord Jagannath in a mountain cave and practised Vajrayana. Patali Srikhetra is a famous temple in Subarnapur District.
The Madala inscription(Panji) also states that in the 2nd regnal year of the reign of King Shovana Dev of Odisha, Lord Jagannath was hidden inside the Kotsamlai hills cave to protect him from the onslaught of the Javanese king Rababahu. In the eleventh century, Lord Jagannath was taken from Kostamalai to Puri during the reign of Jajati Kesari. The place has since been known as the Patali Sreekhetra.
There is another Jagannath temple at the foot of this hill, where Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra are also worshipped. Ratha Yatra is the main festival of this temple. The mountain and gorgeous forest scenery over this Kotsamalai Hill are so spectacular that it attracts a large number of tourists. The Tengo Reservoir project is located at the backside of Kotsamalai Hill. Patali Srikhetra Temple is a famous tourist attraction places in Subarnapur District, Odisha.
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